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Arts & Museums
Houston is a city that offers a lot of free (and fun) attractions. This museum is located at the Police Academy on the spacious grounds of George Bush Intercontinental Airport and is a great place to spend an afternoon. Police uniforms from around the world are on display, along with a somewhat odd collection of various weapons seized from criminals. With the assistance of an officer, you can view the elaborate gun collection and see what riding in a police car is like. The police helicopter is always a big hit with people of all ages.
Although it sounds bizarre, National Museum of Funeral History actually provides an interesting look at the customs surrounding burial practices. View funeral memorabilia and artifacts that belonged to famous political and celebrity personalities in the "Funerals of the Famous" section of the museum. Equally intriguing is the coffin room that is filled with out-of-the-ordinary coffin themes, including giant fish, cars and a full-sized replica of King Tut's sarcophagus.
This fine art gallery is unique in Houston for its devotion to the ceramic and clay arts, and their support of local, national, and internationally renowned ceramic artists. Attend one of their monthly openings on Heights First Saturday to see their newest exhibit. Or sign-up for an artist workshop or lecture-don't be afraid to get your hands dirty! Drop by any time to see the work of member artists. Many pieces are decorative or sculptural, while still others are functional. Find extraordinary art for both indoor and outdoor display. Check their website for the latest schedule of events and exhibitions. - JoAnn Takasaki
There was a time in our history when the railroad was a major mode of transportation and was used extensively for cargo transport across the country. Songs have even been written and sung about the long, shrill train whistles and the age of the locomotive. Hank Williams and Jimmy Rogers are prime examples of singers who have paid tribute over the years. The museum features old locomotives, railroad cars, artifacts and other equipment for viewing and exploring. Some cars are completely restored to reflect their glory days. Kids love blasting the engine horn as they pass by and climbing around in antique cabooses. The museum is closed during the winter. Call ahead for exact times.
Founded in the year 2008, the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts is an art gallery with a difference. The gallery promotes amalgamated artworks in different genres which are truly unique. For instance, the gallery hosts light themed paintings and other artworks. You will also get to check out some works that do not fit into the traditional definition of fine arts but are experimental in nature. Besides paintings, the place also hosts exhibits for mementos and sculptures as well as artistic events and youth programs. If you are interested in fine arts, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts reveals a different angle of the art world to you.
Fans of Old Town Spring usually find this museum very interesting. Situated in the heart of the beautiful village, it tracks the history of the former railroad boomtown of the 1800s that is now a prosperous tourist and shopping attraction. The periods covered include the German farming immigrant era, the railway and saloon days, the war and depression era and the 1980s tourism revival and boom. The story is told through writings, photographs and artifacts.
Dedicated to preserving the memory of Texans who served in the armed forces, the Military Museum displays uniforms, weapons, equipment, vehicles and other memorabilia that date back to World War II. With a proud motto that states, "Get it out of the junkyard and back in the motorpool," the staff specializes in restoring vehicles, field equipment and pieces of artillery. You will even see a helicopter. Stop by if you are interested in war history, but even if you are not, the majesty of these machines will impress you.
Fotofest Headquarters Gallery is an amalgamation of creativity and modernity. Home to the popular festival, Fotofest (which happens to be the country's largest non-commercial photography exhibition), it attracts hordes of photography enthusiasts throughout the year. Amateurs who want to learn a thing or two about the art of taking good pictures, and professionals who want to experiment with new styles and modes will love to browse through the passel of exhibits and images on display. The gallery is a veritable treat for anyone with even a mild interest in photography. Special events, photography workshops, sessions and classes are lined up by the dozen to acquaint you with this art form. Check the website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Since 1977, this multicultural education center has tried to help inner-city youth develop self-discipline and confidence through the study of classic and visual arts. Scheduled events include exhibits, art shows and theatrical performances throughout the year. The entire program is designed to give kids a greater appreciation of their heritage and inspire belief in their ability to face the future.
In a city like Houston where everyone spends most of the day driving, it's no wonder some innovative artists would think to turn cars into art. At the Art Car Museum, also known as the "Garage Mahal," you can see these crazy pieces on display. This unusual museum will delight visitors of all ages with cars transformed into the likes of a giant evil Easter Bunny or a gold Chevy covered in stuffed alligators called the "Swamp Mutha."
Spanish-American heritage thrives in Houston, especially in the visual and performing arts. This Latin cultural center, located in the downtown area, is one of the best in the country and sponsors many exciting events and children's programs throughout the year. Young people will learn about the challenges and opportunities life offers and how to use education, healthy relationships, faith and family ties as a strong base for success. Next door is the colorful Guadalupe Park, where both youth and seniors can meet in harmony and discuss different viewpoints.
Tucked away in the 20-acre Sam Houston Park downtown, you will find an impressive bit of Texas history. Visit the Heritage Society Museum & Tour, which features historical records, then take the outdoor tour of noble buildings restored to their original glory. Pathways lead to an assortment of prestigious homes in Greek and Victorian styles. The 1868 Victorian-style Pilot House also happens to be the site of the city's first indoor kitchen. All the homes on the tour are unique in structure and furnishings. There is also a quaint church built in 1891 by German farmers.