If you’re thinking about moving to Houston or you’ve recently become a member of the Houston apartment community of Scotland Yard, you might be wondering about the best venues in the city for fun, sports, and entertainment.
Houston is a sprawling metropolis of arts, culture, and Texas style that’s surrounded by endless little communities and suburbs that stretch far out into the county. Many people who aren’t already familiar with Houston are surprised at the metropolitan nature of the city and are delighted to find venues that range from the Space Center to the Galleria to dozens of museums.
The Many Museums of Houston
When you think of a museum, you might imagine movies like “Night at the Museum,” or you might remember field trips to your local museums when you were in grade school. Houston has a fair number of museums and some of the best collections of history and art in the state. In fact, Trip Advisor puts these three museums right at the top of the best things to do in Houston.
Here are two museums you should put on your list of things to do (or three museums if you have kids).
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
Established more than 100 years ago in 1909, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is right on the edge of Hermann Park and was built to provide free access to educational exhibits and science by the Houston Museum and Scientific Society.
The museum is so popular that the only museums in the country that receive more visitors are the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston
Houston’s art museum is one of the biggest in the country, and the permanent displays encompass an incredible 6,000 years of human history with tens of thousands of works of art from all across the planet.
The museum is located at 1001 Bissonnet and also features a library and sculpture park. More than 1.25 people visit the museum as tourists, as well as to take part in the many programs, workshops, and other celebrations throughout the year.
Children’s Museum of Houston
The Children’s Museum of Houston was established in 1980 and is one of several museums throughout the country that are dedicated to presenting children’s learning opportunities. A group of parents came up with the idea for the museum in 1980 and the establishment opened its doors about four years later.
The current facility is housed at 1500 Binz in the Museum District, and there is current construction of a new museum wing that the museum expects will virtually double the museum’s size. The new facility will expand outreach programs, provide classroom space, and enlarge the museum’s Houston Public Library satellite branch.
Explore Houston’s Space History
The concept of space flight, landing on the moon, and eventual missions to Mars keep us entertained when we’re reading articles online or looking at videos taken of space. However, Houston has a few awesome venues for learning about space firsthand (and they even have astronaut ice cream, which is a mandatory experience for anyone of any age!).
The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, which is part of NASA, features several attractions at Space Center Houston, which is the official visitor center for the facility. There’s a tram tour of the property which passes two mission control centers, as well as many artifacts from America’s space race of the 20th century.
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