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Houston, TX 77054
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Arts & Museums
The West was settled by disenfranchised people of all kinds, hoping to build a new and better life for themselves. Afro-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and women were an integral part of our Western heritage and their historical role is celebrated at this unusual museum. The museum, located on a working, 150-year old ranch, houses art and interactive exhibits and offers tours and lectures. There's even horseback riding and a petting zoo thus making it a fun stop for families with kids. Call ahead to schedule a visit as this museum is open by appointment only.
Rice University has a worldwide reputation as a great institute of learning, especially in the arts. Campus visitors who appreciate contemporary art will love this gallery located inside Sewall Hall. Known for attracting skillful and popular artists like Stephen Hendee, Barry McGee and Diana Cooper, the gallery focuses on featuring one event at a time. There are also many other attractions on this beautiful campus. After your gallery tour, take time for a campus stroll and admire the beautiful oak trees on Rice Boulevard.
Not just another art gallery, this company is committed to assisting clients in the selection and purchase of art, as well as generally supporting artists and promoting the arts in the community. It exhibits and sells a wide range of contemporary works, including original paintings and prints, photography, sculpture and furniture art. The elegantly modern space is also available to rent for special events.
Enjoy an educational outing that is out of this world at Burke Baker Planetarium. Its convenient location inside the Houston Museum of Natural Science helps you turn this outing into a full day of entertainment. There is a McDonald's to satisfy your stomach and a gift shop for picking up souvenirs. Regular astronomy shows run throughout the day, but the laser light shows presented in the evenings are simply amazing.
The Health Museum was made to be interactive, create awareness on health education and cater to kids. Exhibits include a large walk-through view of the human body called the Body Pavilion. Discussions and interactive talk sessions also feature the pros and cons of smoking habits, the importance of a healthier lifestyle and many other workshops that educate kids. Apart from health and nutrition, visitors are welcome to be part of various health fairs. Apart from its regular exhibits and educational programs, the museum also plays host to private events and other social celebrations. Call ahead or check the website to know more.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers a wide variety of exhibits that are worthy of a full day's outing. The three-level live butterfly exhibit will fascinate visitors of any age, as will the dinosaur exhibit in the Morian Hall of Paleontology. The Wiess Energy Hall and the hall of Gems and Minerals are also worth a visit. If you need a break, enjoy an IMAX film or sit in on one of Burke Baker Planetarium shows.
The Children's Museum of Houston opened in 1984 and is devoted to teaching through interactive play. Galleries cover history, culture, fine and performing arts, technology, science, and geography. Adults are welcome to take a break in the Teacher and Family Resource Center where extra teaching materials are available to boost those creative juices. Lots of fun, educational toys are available in the gift shop, and snacks are available to satisfy your hunger.
A leader in contemporary art, Harris Gallery is where you will find many fine works from leading artists like Staunton Gilchrist, Peter Brown and Mona Marshall. Be sure to check their event calendar when visiting. Many of the artists personally come for exhibitions, book signings and presentations. They pride themselves on displaying an assortment of artwork, including abstracts, photographs, sculpture and landscape creations. Bits and pieces of Texas are apparent in some of the creations. They are open Monday and Tuesday by appointment only.
The selection of exhibits at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts covers both modern and ancient art and represents the talent of artists from Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. You will find Frederic Remington's fine Western art mingling with medieval pieces and the work of early European masters. Paintings are abundant, but the lovely sculpture garden here is also worth viewing. Both the Glassell School of Art and the Hirsch Library for Art History call this museum home. Film buffs love the museum for its weekly showings of classic and foreign films. A gift shop and restaurant are both on hand to satisfy your hunger after a day of exploring.
Beautifully made statues designed by human hands provide hours of pleasure in this scenic outdoor garden. Well-known artists like Rodin, Giacometti, Matisse and many others have works on display. Cross the street after a tour through the Museum of Fine Arts and take a stroll down the red granite walkway that is surrounded by the Noguchi crafted wall. Viewing such wonderful creations in the great outdoors is soothing.
Opened in 1948, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's goal is to present the "art of our time." Renovated in 1997, the building sports an elegant interior that is almost as appealing as the exhibits. Regional, national and international artists display their work here, and the museum can also take credit for the successful launch of several local artists' careers. The art exhibits are very diverse, exhibiting the use of various materials and subjects in a wide range of styles. The gift shop might put a significant dent in your wallet, but it is rumored to be one of the best in town.
Caroline Wiess Law Building is a museum devoted to works of art from around the world. The many galleries in the museum exhibit various artworks some of them being the Indonesian gold artifacts, and Pre-Columbian and sub-Saharan African artworks, Asian arts and Glassell Collection of African Gold to name a few. Hence this multi-cultural exhibition center is a treat for those who appreciate global arts. With various exhibition events happening round the year a visit here would definitely be enriching.