Houston Museum District includes 11 museums spread near South Main and Montrose. It has turned into a big destination for local Houstonians as well as tourists. Kelli W Dunning, a spokesperson for the Contemporary Arts Museum, smiles. "It just happened that way," she explains. "When we opened in 1972, there wasn't a district, just The Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Natural Sciences, and the zoo.
Houston Health Museum
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Houston Contemporary Arts MuseumThe best exhibit, perhaps, is the building itself-a parallelogram of solid steel that looks as if it hides the front door. Look for the smaller triangle that floats above the entrance. Call (713) 284-8250. The museum is on the right at the corner of Montrose and Bissonnet.
Its art ranging from antiquity to 20th century. It has a great collection of Byzantine works and features several special exhibitions annually. It's free. Call (713) 525-9400. Located at 1515 Sul Ross.
Holocaust Museum Houston
The museum does a good job of relating the tragic era to children. While there, be sure and see the film Voices, featuring the experiences of Houstonians who survived the Holocaust, many as children. The free museum recommends youngsters of sixth grade and above as visitors. Call (713) 942-8000. Located at 5401 Caroline Street.
Children Museum of Houston
Without realizing it, kids learn about geography, economy, history, science, and technology through play. They romp in a Victorian playhouse; get their own "money" from an ATM to shop in a store; and milk a realistic-looking cow. During the school year, school groups come in the mornings, so you may want to visit in the afternoon. Free family night is Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. Avoid spring break, when the museum tends to be crowded. Admission is $5 per person, $4 seniors (65+), Children under 2 is free. Located at 1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004. 713-522-1138.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston Fire Museum
Lone Star Flight Museum
Museum of Printing History
Images of Texas, prints from the 19th century. Located at 1324 W. Clay. Seasonal through March 31. Call 713-522-4652.
Moody Mansion and Museum
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
CraftHouston 2006: Texas, a juried exhibit. Through Oct. 1st. 10am-5pm Tuesdays - Saturdays. Noon-5pm Sundays. 4848 Main; 713-529-4848. Admissions: Free.
The Museum of Funeral History is owned by a funeral company and has the biggest collection of funeral artifacts in the world.