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Arts & Museums
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 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.
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.
It is said that the Cheyenne respectfully named the African American soldiers that they fought against in the Indian Wars (1866-1891) "Buffalo Soldiers" for their ferocity in battle. While the first official army units were not formed until 1866, African Americans have fought in every major American war since the Revolutionary War in the late 1700s. Visit this museum to learn about the men and women who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. They have a fine collection of well-preserved photos, uniforms and other memorabilia and artifacts.
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.
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.
In his midnight millennium speech, Pope John Paul said the most defining elements of the 20th century were the rise and fall of two oppressive ideologies that victimized millions of people, Communism and Nazism. This museum is a tribute to the victims of the Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Through changing exhibits, films and lectures, it seeks to inform future generations of the racism of the holocaust and the horrifying results of hatred. In addition to exhibits, there is a library, theater and document archives.
In the heart of Houston's Museum District, the Asia Society Texas Center is relatively understated. Blending in with the surrounding residential area, the center was designed by prestigious architect Yoshio Taniguchi. The minimal styling and exquisite materials used in the building provide an incredible space in which to view the exhibitions that form the core of the center. Previous displays have included artifacts of Asian art on loan from the Rockefeller collection alongside contemporary Asian artists who have lived in Texas. With an abundance of beauty both inside and out, the Asia Society Texas Center provides a meditative space for visitors to connect with another side of the globe.
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.
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.
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.
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.