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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
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.
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."
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.
Bayou Bend is the former home of Ima Hogg, a famous philanthropist. Visitors can wander through 14 acres of woodlands and formal gardens, or check out the house that contains 4,800 various works of art. This art represents the American style from colonial to mid-19th Century. The house is a lovely lifestyle museum of that century. Please take note that children under ten years of age can wander the gardens but are not allowed in the house.
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.
Those who appreciate the European decorative arts will eventually find their way to this mansion in the River Oaks district. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and tall trees on five acres, the mansion is elegantly furnished in the Italian, English and Roman styles. Although the estate is now part of the Museum of Fine Arts, it was originally owned by the local Masterson family who hired architect John F. Staub in the 1950s to design a modern version of an Italian country estate. Admittance is by reservation only. Call to schedule a guided, peaceful tour through a contemporary palace.
The Vaughan Christopher Gallery has the most beautiful paintings. With a penchant for collecting artwork, the founder channeled her passion towards setting up an art gallery. A haven for art lovers, it makes for a delightful visit. Exposing the works of artists world renowned, the works are of a superior quality. For further information, log onto their website.
Located inside the Graphic Arts Center, the Museum of Printing History showcases numerous artifacts that include old printing equipment, antiquated writings, rare drawings and other exhibits. Guided tours are available upon request. Set aside some time to examine ancient messages. You will be glad that you did. The museum has a gift shop and also offers memberships.
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.