Hey everyone, it's Claire!
Today I want to share 10 entertaining museums you should definitely visit!
As you all know, Houston has a lot of art & exhibitions.
I personally love going to museums and viewing art (usually alone).
Feeling the way that artists express their passion into a form of art is really fascinating, fun, unique and creative! Sometimes, I get new ideas while looking at their drawings, paintings, or even objects.
You said museums are boring? Hmm, think again after reading this post!
1. Menil Collection
A huge art collection museum that has various sections of exhibitions going on inside. Admission is free! You are not allowed to take photos inside those certain sections, but can that are held outside the hallway. Although there are a lot of people too, you will still have your own space to look at the art. There is a small Menil shop across and a restaurant near. It's called Bistro Menil (Click here for their menu). Totally love this restaurant and its interior. There's normally a lot of people, during brunch or lunch in general.
(Sorry the picture is not the best quality, but below is what we ate!)
2. Houston Center for Photography
Located right next to the Bistro Menil, this is a small studio with breathtaking pieces inside. Many of them are for auctions but you can buy them as well. On the back part of studio, they have digital lab and mini-library with a lot of books. They have private parking lot in the front. Neon gallery is across from this place.
3. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH)
MFAH always have diverse exhibitions going on, and I love it. You can take photos everywhere inside as well. When you go through the main entrance, the ticket booth will be on your left. Admission is $15 for general, $7.50 for students (with ID) & free for members. Then they will give you the MFAH sticker (just stick it on your hand). Normally the exhibitions are in the front continuing to the back. On the second floor more exhibitions are available. When you go down to the ground floor, they have theatre/films hall and MFA Cafe. There's MFAH shop as well. There are a lot of interesting objects and books (for example, the lettuce umbrella). You can park at the public parking area in front of the museum.
While I was walking towards the Lawndale Art Center (which is 8 min walking distance from MFAH, I saw this Oakdale street pole covered with colorful MFAH stickers which I thought it was cool!
4. Lawndale Art Center
A two story small art center. Normally this place is popular with the side mural where small slimes(?) are covering the huge wall (photo below). But you have to checkout the actual art center! You can park in front of the entrance. Their side windows are covered with plants and leaves (naturally) and I think it gives a cozy feeling to it. My favorite area in the art center was the 1st floor main hall. They have a lot of colorful art pieces. Some of them are easy and straightforward to interpret, some might take a while. The titles of each piece are creative as well. I think it's definitely a cool place to check out!
5. Houston Center For Contemporary Craft
Another small craft center around the area. Enter through the wooden door with the red background (photo below). On the side there's a sign called pocket museum; it means everything is tiny, so you need a magnifying glass to checkout the details of each. On the other side, there's photography/art pieces along with variety of crafts! Check out their art shop too, there's some cool stuff to look at! This place is 2 min away from the Lawndale Art Center. They also have a private parking lot, but I just walked from the Lawndale Art Center.
6. The Health Museum
Love this museum so much! You get to experience & learn a lot about your body in a fun way with activities! It will probably take you around an hour and a half to look everything. Their shop has a lot of adorable plushes and funny items! I bought several keychains :) The admission is $10. This museum is near McGovern Centennial Gardens & Marvin Taylor Exercise Trail. Marvin Taylor trail is great for jogging. Free public parking is available across where the McGovern Centennial Gardens is at.
7. Houston Museum of Natural Science
Huge museum with a lot of exhibitions going on - really interesting. They have animals on one floor (fake but they look real), gems on another floor, energy on the main floor, and much more! Takes around 2-3h to look everything around. They also have film theaters in halls of main floor. I haven't been, but I think they have something to eat downstairs. Definitely check it out! Click here for admission since the time and admission varies. This museum is close to the health museum and you can free park in front of McGovern Centennial Gardens!
8. Blaffer Art Museum
Free small two-story art museum located in University of Houston main campus. They hold one or two artists' exhibitions every month, and it's definitely cool. For parking, it's free on the weekends & metered on the weekdays.
MFAH house museum for European Arts. Many people know the MFAH, but not this one. Definitely worth the visit! They give you around 1 hour tour on the history of European arts inside the house. The house is so fascinating! The tour is not free, it costs $8 and you need to schedule beforehand. This place is a gated property but during the hours, it's opened. It is surrounded with a nice garden! Buffalo Bayou Park is near and you can park free in the private lot.
10. Neon Gallery
A tiny gallery but has cool pieces to look at. There are prices next to each piece so if you want to buy, you can! It takes around 1-2min to look everything, but I think if you are around Montrose area, it's fun to look around. Across there are houston center for photography & menil collection .You park in the front.
So these are the 10 interesting museums I picked!
Did it change your mind thinking museums are boring?
What other museums are your favs? Let me know in the comments below.
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