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Best History Museums in Houston

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Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

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.

Houston, TX, United States
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Houston Holocaust Museum

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.

Houston, TX, United States
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1940 Air Terminal Museum

The classic Art Deco building, designed by Joseph Finger in the 1930s and completed in 1940, served as Houston's Municipal Airport until 1954. The recent restoration of the building is stunning with its attention to detail. The Deco chandelier hanging from the two-story atrium and the original marble floors will transport you to a bygone era. Go every third Saturday for Wings & Wheels plane and car show. Buy a raffle ticket to win a vintage plane and support the museum's continued restoration efforts.

Houston, TX, United States
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