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Sight Seeing at its Best: A Guide to Houston’s Museums

Sight-Seeing-at-its-Best---A-Guide-to-Houston’s-MuseumsWhether you seek to find a fun field trip for the day or an educational journey for your children, Houston is the place to be. The city boasts some of the most fascinating museums that will add some culture, creativity and knowledge to your child’s day.

Pack up a picnic lunch and prepare for a jaunt to one of these museums within Houston’s city limits.

Children’s Museum of Houston

This 5-star museum is housed in a building designed just for the whimsical child. Designed by acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, the Children’s Museum of Houston offers a variety of exhibits, themed workshops and action-packed activities to keep the entire family entertained for hours.  Before heading out to this popular attraction, check the website for available programs and workshops focused on social studies, culture, science, math, health, literacy, engineering and civic engagement.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the 39,000 square foot exhibition space boasting permanent exhibits based on your child’s favorite animated series.

The Children’s Museum of Houston is located at 1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6 p.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursdays with a free admission from 5-8 p.m. for Free Family Night. Hours will vary on holiday weekends. Adult and children admission during regular hours is $9.00, seniors (age 65+) $8.00 and active duty military and their families $8.00. Children under 1 and museum members can enter free of charge. For more information, contact the museum directly at 713-522-1138.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Offer your children a fun, learning experience with a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for the day. This popular Houston attraction houses a variety of permanent exhibits that allow your child to explore energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, space science, astronomy, seashells and Texas Wildlife. Take in a documentary in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre or admire nature in the Cockrell Butterfly Center at this museum. A walk through the Burke Baker Planetarium is also a must.

Offering two satellite campuses, the Houston Museum of Natural Science supports the George Observatory in Fort Bend County, boasting one of the largest telescopes and the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, featuring exhibits on dinosaurs, mineralogy, exotic live frogs and more.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston Texas 77030. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sundays with a free Thursday option from 2-5 p.m. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15 for children, seniors, college students and military with ID. Groups of $20 are more can obtain a $7 rate and school groups pay only $3.50 per person. For more information, contact the museum directly at 713-639-4629.

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

If your child is a history buff, the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum will inspire her heart and expand her mind. This historic museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier – the only one of its kind in the United States. The museum is home to educational exhibits, including the “Forgotten Faces of Ft. Craig,” displaying replicated skulls of Civil War and Buffalo soldiers. Many of the exhibits feature theatre presentations, artifacts and interactive activities.

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is located at 3816 Caroline, Houston Texas 77004. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy free admission on Thursdays from 1-5 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students with a college ID, seniors 60+ and military personnel. Children 5 and under are free. For more information, contact the museum directly at 713-942-8920.

The John C. Freeman Weather Museum

Come rain or shine, the John C. Freeman Weather Museum, will offer your child a look into the world of meteorology. Your child can practice his skills as a weathercaster, learn about weather heroes, experience hurricane force winds in the Hurricane Simulator or find out facts about climate, tornadoes and weather trends. The museum offers the entire family a unique view of math, meteorology and earth sciences.

The John C. Freeman Weather Museum is located at 104 Caroline Street, Houston Texas 77004. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Guided tours are available for $8 for adults, $5 for students, teachers and seniors. For more information, contact the museum directly at 713-529-3076.

Museum of Fine Arts

If your child is a master at water colors, photography or illustrations, the Museum of Fine Arts may provide the inspiration he needs. This famous Houston museum boasts exhibits that include collections of art and photography as well as special workshops and programs, documentaries and gallery talks with professional artists.

The Museum of Fine Arts is located at 1001 Bissonnet, Houston Texas 77004. Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, the cultural complex is comprised of two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, visitors center, library, café, movie theater, two art schools, two house museums, and two gift shops. Hours and admission fees for each complex vary. Log on to the museum website or call 713-639-7300 for more information.


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