Museums in Houston: A Cultural Haven for Newcomers

Newcomers to Houston are in for a treat when it comes to museums. The city is home to a vast array of museums covering everything from art and history to science and culture. Whether you’re interested in learning about the city’s rich past, exploring the latest works of art, or discovering the wonders of the natural world, there’s a museum in Houston for you.

The Art Car Museum
140 Heights Blvd.
Houston, 77007

Otherwise known as the “Garage Mahal”, The Art Car Museum is dedicated to contemporary art. It is an exhibition forum for local, national and international arts with an emphasis on art cars, other fine arts and artists that rarely, if ever, are acknowledged by other cultural institutions. Most popular to Houstonians is the annual Art Car Parade.

Blaffer Art Museum
University of Houston – 120 Fine Arts Bldg.
Houston, 77204

Blaffer Art Museum helps the community to engage in contemporary art through exhibitions, publications and public programs. This art museum is free, and open to the public in an effort to promote participation in the arts. Blaffer Art Museum is also the gateway between the University of Houston and the City of Houston.

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
3816 Caroline St.,
Houston, TX 77004

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) is proud to educate the public and preserve and promote the history, tradition and outstanding contributions of America’sBuffalo Soldiers from the Revolutionary War to the present. Here, you can find workshops, youth outreach programs and exhibits about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and their service.

Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz St.
Houston, TX 77004

A duck pond, playhouse, grocery store, Mexican village, puppet show and an infant play area are all under one roof. The fun-filled hands on experience at the Children’s Museum of Houston will not leave anyone bored. For nearly 30 years, the place for families to play, laugh, learn and grow.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, 77006

The Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston is an institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national and regional art. Patrons of every age will appreciate the collections of work and dynamic exhibitions on display.  CAMH also offers special programs and educational opportunities. Admission is Free.

The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Dr.
Houston, 77004

The Health Museum is Houston’s most interactive science learning center and a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. The Health Museum is the most visited health museum of its kind
in the country. Popular exhibits include: DeBakey Cell Lab, Amazing Body Pavilion and the McGovern 4D Theater.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, 77030

As one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States, the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) seeks to enhance knowledge and delight in naturalscience and related subjects. It houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and a fascinating variety of permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, Texas wildlife and more.

Holocaust Museum Houston
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, 77004

The Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors’ legacy. The Holocaust Museum Houston has a permanent exhibition called “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers,” as well as other pieces of history.

The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006

The Menil Collection is an art museum that houses both permanent collection and welcomes special exhibitions. Making art accessible to all is vital to their mission, so no admission fee is charged and all public programs are free. They hope to educate and inspire by being readily accessible to future generations.


The Museum of Arts, Houston (MFAH)
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, 77005

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents its exceptional exhibitions and installations to Houston residents and visitors alike. The Museum has numerous collections that fill the galleries year-round embracing every era of history from across the globe. Make time to visit the Bayou Bend Collection not too far away. From 2015 to 2019 the campus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will transform into a magnificent two new buildings.