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.
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.
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.
The Children's Museum of Houston opened in 1984 and is devoted to teaching through interactive play. Galleries here cover subjects like 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.
Although it sounds bizarre, National Museum of Funeral History actually provides an interesting look at the customs surrounding burial practices. View funeral memorabilia and artifacts that belonged to famous political and celebrity personalities in the "Funerals of the Famous" section of the museum. Equally intriguing is the coffin room that is filled with out-of-the-ordinary coffin themes, including giant fish, cars and a full-sized replica of King Tut's sarcophagus.
Ever since the Apollo flights, Houston has been synonymous with space travel. Space Center Houston, of NASA's Johnson Space Center, allows visitors to study and understand the making of space history. Enter the five-story plaza which features a full-size shuttle mock-up, complete with a flight deck. By far, the most popular highlight for adults is the tram tour that takes you to various buildings throughout the Space Center. You will be able to have a seat in the viewing room of the original Mission Control room and stroll past full-size mock-ups of the original Apollo rockets. When you need a break from all the activity, the Zero-G diner is on hand to fix you right up.
Houston's home to the most innovative productions of theater, THE KALEIDOSCOPE offers high-art performances and conceptualized pieces unlike any other. Providing a unique platform for local talents and budding artists of Houston, the theater hopes to furnish quality and affordable youth education to all. With a focus to entertain, enrich, educate and unite artists, THE KALEIDOSCOPE - Bayou City Theatrics offers diverse and fresh art for audiences and artists alike.
Located inside the Christ Church Cathedral, Cloister Gallery is a true hidden gem. The gallery hosts exhibitions on monthly basis with an aim to promote as well as encourage local artists. Intricate oil paintings and watercolor art, in addition to photography occupy most of their exhibitions calendar. Cloister Gallery is also used as a venue for concerts and religious events.
Neuhaus Theater is located inside the nationally recognized and not-for-profit, prestigious Alley Theater. Alley theater is reputed to churn out more than 500 quality plays and numerous are held at this 296-seater Neuhaus Theater. With state-of-art technology and comfortable cushy seats providing a clear view of the stage, Neuhaus Theater makes every event memorable.
Hubbard Theater is one of the main venues in Alley Theater in Houston. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the venue has an elegant seating arrangement that offers an unobstructed view of the stage. The venue plays host to theater performances and concerts.
Brown theatre is located at the state-of-the-art Wortham Theater Center. With a capacity of 2,405, it has become a popular entertainment venue. Watch the classic Romeo and Juliet or enjoy the grace of the Houston Ballet dancers, which form part of its regular lineup.
The history of Wortham Theater Center-Cullen Theater is awe inspiring. It was said to have been built in the 1980’s, during the worst times a community would expect to construct a magnificent theater in Houston, Texas. It was believed to be one of the first Opera houses and still is a grand venue, hosting magnificent performances by brilliant performers. This fabulous venue houses two theaters, based on their seating capacity, shows are on display and it is a delight to visit this venue.