Art / Fine Arts Museums
Art Car Museum (140 Heights Boulevard) 713-861-5526
Center for the weird and wonderful world of vehicles
The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (500 Main Street, Beaumont) 409-832-3432
Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum (4011 Yupon) 713-521-3990
Intimate in scale (4,000 square feet), the Chapel Museum is the repository in the United States for the only intact Byzantine frescoes in the entire western hemisphere. These masterworks from the 13th century -- a dome and an apse -- were ripped and stolen out of a chapel near Lysi in the Turkish occupied section of Cyprus in the 1980's, cut into pieces, and smuggled off the island by thieves prepared to sell them piece by piece. The fresco fragments were rescued from the thieves by The Menil Foundation with the knowledge and approval of the Church of Cyprus, the rightful owner of the frescoes. The Menil Foundation then funded a painstaking two-year restoration of the paintings. In gratitude, the Church of Cyprus is allowing a long-term loan of the frescoes in the new building designed especially for them by architect Francois de Menil. Numerous private donors helped fund the construction of the Chapel Museum, which combines rough stone, opaque glass, and rich woods, to extraordinarily spiritual effect.
The Contemporary Arts Museum (5216 Montrose) 713-526-3129,
near the MFA, is a noncollecting museum for visual arts of the present and recent past. It documents new directions in art through ever-changing exhibitions and publications.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (4848 Main Street) 713-529-4848
The Center focuses on objects made primarily of clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood. HCCC provides exhibition, retail and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists and serves as a resource for artists, educators and the community at large.
Houston Center for Photography (1441 W Alabama St.) 713-529-4755
HCP strives to encourage artists, build audiences, stimulate dialogue and promote inquiry about photography and related media through education, exhibitions, publications, fellowship programs and community collaboration.
Lawndale Art Center (4912 Main Street) 713-528-5858
A non-profit alternative space for the exhibition of contemporary works in all media, unique in its focus on Houston area artists. Founded in 1979, Lawndale has owned its present location on Main Street in Houston's Museum District since 1993. With four galleries in its locally significant Art Deco building, Lawndale includes close to 500 artists annually in changing exhibitions.
The Menil Collection (1515 Sul Ross) 713-525-9400,
features a highly-acclaimed privately-assembled collection of some 10,000 art objects concentrated in antiquities, medieval and Byzantine art, tribal art, and 20th-century paintings and sculpture. Its permanent Cy Twombly Gallery showcases 35 works of that contemporary artist. Rothko Chapel displays oils by Mark Rothko and "The Broken Obelisk," a Barnett Newman sculpture.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1001 Bissonnet) 713-639-7300 or 713-639-7379 (Spanish)
The first art museum founded in Texas, opened in 1924 with fewer than 50 objects on display. Today, MFAHouston houses more than 27,000 works from antiquity to the present, and ranks as the largest collection in the Southwest. Highlights include the Straus Collection of Renaissance and 18th-century works, the Beck Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, and post-World War II American art. Ground breaking on the Audrey Jones Beck Building--a $100 million, 185,000-sq.ft. exhibition hall designed by Rafael Moneo, is scheduled in late 1996, with completion in 1999. With the addition of the Beck's 85,400 sq.ft. of gallery space, MFAHouston will rank seventh nationally in gallery space (158,150 sq.ft.), up from 30th.
MFA Houston's Glassell School of Art offers art history and studio classes for adults and children.
Between the museum and the school lies the one-acre Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, created by Isamu Noguchi. It features works by such masters as Giacometti, Matisse, and Rodin.
Bayou Bend (1 Westcott), the fully-restored mansion of Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg, is the decorative arts wing of MFAHouston. It contains one of the nation's finest collections of American furniture, paintings, glass, and textiles from 1620 to 1870.
Opened to the public in 1999, Rienzi (1406 Kirby Dr.)
is the center for European decorative arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
The Orange Show (2401 Munger, I-45 at Telephone road) 713-926-6368
The color orange is the theme here. There are collectibles, contraptions and all sorts of geegaws - and all are orange.
Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts (6815 Cypresswood Drive) 281-376-6322
The only fine arts museum outside of the Houston Museum District. In a three-year partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Pearl will bring a series of exhibitions from the MFAH permanent collection and affiliated institutions to Northwest Harris County.
Rice University Art Gallery (Sewall Hall, Rice University
6100 Main Street
Rice Gallery is the only university museum in the United States devoted to commissioning site-specific installation art. Five times each year Rice Gallery invites an artist to create a new, room-sized work of art that transforms the gallery space and can be entered and explored.
Art / Fine Arts Galleries
The list below features commercial, public and college galleries, most of which feature public exhibitions.
ArtInfo Gallery Guide - Current Exhibits in Houston
- Alley Gallery (2452 Bolsover) 713-520-1199
- Albert Gallery (1101 Post Oak Blvd.) 713-627-9532
- The Antiquarium (3930 Westheimer - Highland Village) 713-622-7531
The Antiquarium is a repository of rare and beautiful antique prints dating from the 16th to the early 20th century. Natural history, fashion, medicine, science and environmental antique prints are just some of the offerings at this fascinating gallery.
- Archway Gallery (2013-C W. Gray) 713-522-2409
- Art League of Houston (1953 Montrose) 713-523-9530
- Sarah Campbell Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston (at Entrance 16, off Cullen Blvd.) 713-743-9526
- Bodenheimer Gallery (on-line gallery for Scott Bodenheimer) in English and French
Images of works made from woven color plates, hung in virtual rooms.
- Christ Church Cathedral (1117 Texas Ave.) 713-222-2593
- John Cleary Gallery (2635 Colquitt) 713-524-5070
Houston's only gallery devoted entirely to fine art photography. Cleary often mounts shows from his vast collection of vintage images by the masters, and the gallery also offers works on consignment for top-notch contemporary photographers
- College of the Mainland Art Gallery (1200 Amburn Road, Texas City) 409-938-1211
- Commerce Street Art Warehouse (2315 Commerce) 713-224-6989
Downtown lofts doubling as studio and exhibition space for local artists are trendier than ever, and warehouse theater has become downright commonplace. Commerce Street was the prototype for both. Every one of the founders has moved on, and recent attempts to reorganize the warehouse have been many and varied, but the space remains informal, grungy and haphazard.
- Community Artists Collective (1413 Holman near La Branch) 713-523-1616
- Barbara Davis Galleries (4411 Montrose Blvd) 713-520-9200
- Dean Day Gallery (2639 Colquitt) 713-520-1021
- Deuster Gallery, Jewish Community Center (5601 South Braeswood) 713-729-3200, ext. 3269
- DiverseWorks Artspace (1117 East Freeway) 713-223-8346
- "E" Street Gallery (2210 Postoffice, Galveston) 409-762-4122
- Fine Toon Animation Art (2427 Bissonnet) 713-522-6499
Houston's only animation art gallery, specializing in Disney and Warner Brothers production cels and limited editions.
- Firehouse Gallery (1413 Westheimer) 713-520-7840
- Foelber Gallery (706 Richmond) 713-524-7211
- Gallery Americana (3941 San Felipe) 713-622-6225
- Gallery of Distinctive Art (812 Travis) 713-224-6419.
- Gallery Thirty Nine 17 (3917 Main) 713-529-5262
- Galveston Arts Center (2127 Strand, Galveston) 409-763-2403
- Goldesberry (Artables) Gallery (2625 Colquitt) 713-528-0405
- Lynn Goode Gallery (2719 Colquitt) 713-526-5966
- Harris Gallery (1100 Bissonnet) 713-522-9116
- Hooks-Epstein Galleries (2631 Colquitt) 713-522-0718
- Hyde Park Gallery (711 Hyde Park) 713-526-2744
- Inman Gallery (1114 Barkdull) 713-529-9676
- James Gallery (307 Sul Ross) 713-942-7035
- Jones Gallery, University of Saint Thomas (3900 Yoakum) 713-525-2181
- Koelsch Gallery (3202 Mercer) 713-626-0175
- Las Manos Magicas (302 Westcott) 713-802-2530
- Lawing Gallery (214 Travis) 713-222-2025
- Lawndale Art Center (4912 Main) 713-528-5858
- Little Archaeology Gallery (1121 West Alabama) 713-525-2181
- Live Oak Art Center (1014 Milam, Columbus) 409-732-8398
- Meredith Long & Company (2323 San Felipe) 713-523-6671
- Luna de 527 Gallery (500 Westheimer, Suite 116) 713-850-8527
- Yukiko Lunday Gallery (4211 Graustark) 713-520-5270
- McClain Gallery (2242 Richmond Avenue) 713-520-9988
- McMurtrey Gallery (3508 Lake Street) 713-523-8238
- MD Modern Gallery (2719 Colquitt) 713-526-5966
- Jack Meier Gallery (2310 Bissonnet) 713-526-2983
- Midtown Art Center (3414 La Branch) 713-807-7973
- Millioud Gallery 713-953-7215 or 713-621-3330
- Moody Gallery (2815 Colquitt) 713-526-9911
- New Gallery (2639 Colquitt) 713-520-7053
- New Horizons Gallery (2410 Strand, Galveston) 409-763-2403
- Nolan-Rankin Galleries (4623 Montrose Blvd., Suite B-110) 713-528-0664
Nolan-Rankin Galleries focuses on the contemporary "School of Paris". Among the featured works are those of Ambille, Mouly, Journod, Theobald, Dabin, Pignot, Conigliano, Stupar and Anderbouhr. American artists included in the collection are Herb Mears and Don Vogel.
- Ocotillo Gallery (214 Travis) 713-236-0607
Peggy Spott runs this Market Square space that blurs the boundaries between gallery and retail shop with an eclectic mix of home decoratives by local, West Coast and New Mexico artists.
- O'Kane Gallery (One Main St.) 713-221-8042
- Parkerson Gallery (3510 Lake Street) 713-524-4945
- Rainbow Warrior Gallery (2217 Postoffice, Galveston) 409-763-8683
- Rice University Art Gallery (6100 Main Street) 713-527-6069
- Rudolph Poissant Gallery (5102 Center Street) 713-802-1886
- Post Gallery (5103 San Felipe) 713-622-4241
- Project Row Houses (2500 Holman) 713-526-7662
- Purse Building Studio (1701 Commerce) 713-226-0635
- Que Milagro (2913 Ferndale) 713-521-3591
features ethnic art from Central and South America, Africa, Asia and Indonesia
- Thomas V. Robinson Galleries (2800 Kipling) 713-521-2215 Collectors line, 1-800-989-2885
Thomas V. Robinson/Robinson Galleries is acquiring works by Baskin, O'Keefe, Shahn, Rivera, Tamayo, Viteri and other important 20th century American and Latin American artists.
- San Jacinto College Gallery (13735 Beamer Road, Houston, TX, 77089) 281-476-1376
- Sherwoods Gallery (2618 Briar Ridge) 713-974-3700
- Sicardi-Sanders Gallery (2623 Kipling) 713-529-1313
- Sally Sprout Gallery (223 Westheimer) 713-526-6461
Sally Sprout's intimate house-turned-gallery on lower Westheimer shows what the proprietress calls "weird, but cool; somewhat edgy" work with a predilection for the poetic. Openings are often coordinated to coincide with those at Inman Gallery for the convenience of gallery-hoppers.
- Bernabé Somoza Gallery (2431 Sunset Boulevard) 713-526-9995
- Summer Street Studios (224 Summer St.) 713-228-5794
- Takara Gallery (4211 Graustark) 713-520-5270
- Texas Gallery (2012 Peden) 713-524-1593
- Anya Tish Gallery (1740 Sunset) 713-524-2299.
- Watercolor Art Society (1601 W. Alabama) 713-942-9966
- Weekend Gallery (1829 Arlington) 713-864-5226
- West End Gallery (5425 Blossom) 713-861-9544
- Joan Wich & Co. (2727 Kipling) 713-521-4498
- 711 William Street Gallery (711 William St.) 713-227-0408
- Gerhard Wurzer Gallery (1217 S. Shepherd) 713-523-4300
specializes in original master prints from the 16th century through the 20th century with a particular emphasis on 19th and 20th century graphic works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Picasso, matisse, Chagall and Miro.
- Yol-Art (801 Studewood) 713-802-0343
- Judy Youens Gallery (1218-B Durham) 713-527-0303
Space Center Houston
History and Science
American Cowboy Museum (11822 Almeda) 713-433-4441
Antique Car Museum (505 North Loop West) 713-868-2243
1859 Ashton Villa (2328 Broadway, Galveston) 409-762-3933
Experience real Southern hospitality during guided tours of this beautifully restored antebellum landmark. The first of Galveston's great Broadway mansions, 1859 Ashton Villa set the standard for the magnificent homes that followed. Lovely antiques, family heirlooms and original art fill the stately mansion built before the civil war by James Moreau Brown, one of Texas' wealthiest businessmen, and presided over by his colorful daughter, Miss Bettie. From the Gilded Age splendor of the Gold Room to the elegant family quarters upstairs, Ashton Villa provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of a prominent Victorian family.
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum (William P. Hobby Airport,
8325 Travelair Rd.) 713-454-1940
The Houston Municipal Airport Terminal is a beautiful and rare example of classic art deco airport architecture from the golden age of flight. The Terminal served Houston during the years when air travelers dressed in their finest and embarked for exotic destinations aboard roaring propliners like the Douglas DC-3 and the Lockheed Constellation.
Battleship Texas (3527 Battleground Road off Highway 225 on FM 134, La Porte) 713-479-2411
The USS TEXAS was one of the first generation of dreadnoughts, the mighty warships that ranked amoung the most powerful military weapons of the early 20th century. Commissioned into the U.S. Navy in 1914, she took part in the U.S. action at Vera Cruz, Mexico; patrolled with the British fleet during World War I; and participated in both the Atlantic and Pacific naval campaigns and landings of World War II. This historic warship was dedicated as a war memorial in 1948 and berthed at the San Jacinto battlefield State Historical Park. Over the past fifty years as a public muuseum, she has battled difficult but no less formidable opponents. The elements, vandalism and financial problems have each taken their toll. Extensive repairs to the outer hull and superstructure were completed in 1990 and retoration continues on her interior compartments.
The Brazoria County Historical Museum
(100 East Cedar, Courthouse Square, Angleton) 409-864-1208.
A regional museum in the heart of Stephen F. Austin's Colony. This is where Texas began its emergence as an independent nation. Its national award-winning Austin Colony exhibit chronicles the birth of that nation. It also speaks to the frontier experience that has so marked the American character.
Frank J. Brown Heritage Museum (108 Skyview, Friendswood) 281-482-7390 Open Saturdays 10:00am-Noon
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (1834 Southmore Blvd.) 713-942-8920
Celebrates and recognizes the African-American calvary units and the military contributions of African-American throughout American history.
George Bush Presidential Library & Museum (1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station) 409-260-9552
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the tenth presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The library and museum contain the primary sources documenting President Bush's long public career as Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Liaison to the People's Republic of China, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Congressman, Vice President, President, and world leader. Museum patrons can experience the unique influences and challenges that formed George Bush's life and presidency.
Children's Museum of Houston (1500 Binz) 713-522-1138
When you step through the doors of The Children's Museum of Houston, you enter a world where children are cherished, nurtured, and celebrated. The Children's Museum is a unique place where children are invited to touch and explore and are challenged to experiment and ask questions.
Czech Center Museum Houston (4920 San Jacinto Street) 713-528-2060
The Center’s mission is to preserve, record, and celebrate the language, scholarship and arts of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia and Slovakia. Incorporated in 1996, the Center is open to the public for exhibits, concerts, lectures, language courses and other activities.
Daughters of the Republic of Texas Log House Museum (1510 N. McGregor Dr.) 713-522-0396
The Pioneer Memorial Log House Museum was the inspiration of a generation of San Jacinto Chapter members who despite the Great Depression were able to raise almost $4,000 to build the structure. (This is the same group of women who were responsible for saving the San Jacinto Battlefield.) Over 250 pine logs were cut, peeled and saddlenotched to create a 2,500 square foot enclosure. The fireplace is one of the most historical in the state of Texas, containing stones and brick from important buildings and homes. The Texas Heritage Garden contains many native plants as well as antique roses. Dedicated March 2, 1936, the Log House Museum hosts many interesting events centered around Texas history.
Dunham Bible Museum (Morris Cultural Arts Center, Houston Baptist University Campus)
extensive collection of rare Bibles
Forbidden Gardens (23500 Franz Rd., Katy): 281-347-8000
Forbidden Gardens is an outdoor museum designed to educate visitors about the history, culture and landmarks of China. The Garden setting with lakeside walks and magnificent miniaturized exhibits offers the harmony and tranquility that is the heart of the Chinese philosphy. Exhibits will include The Forbidden City, The Tomb of Emperor Qin, The Lodge for Calming the Heart, Temple of Heaven, Palace of\ Heavenly Purity, Multi-colored Ponds, Beihai Park in Beijing, Emperor's Dining Room and a Chinese Pagoda.
The John C. Freeman Weather Museum (5104 Caroline Street) 713-529-3076
Founded and operated by meteorologists, the Weather Museum is a project of Weather Research Center, a Houston, Texas based non-profit educational and research organization, whose goal is to reach as many people as possible and educate them about weather and weather safety as well as make them weatherwise.
Galveston County Historical Museum (2219 Market, Galveston) 409-766-2340
Explore Galveston County's rich heritage under the impressive vaulted ceiling of the 1919 City National Bank Building. Delight in the sparkle of the lens from the historic South Jetty Lighthouse and learn how lighthouses and lightships have protected the Gulf Coast for more than a century. Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the Akokisa, the first inhabitants of Galveston County, and learn of their encounters with the area's earliest European explorers.
The Harris County Heritage Society (1100 Bagby in Sam Houston Park) 713-655-1912,
has restored and furnished seven early Houston homes and a church, and has reconstructed the historic Long Row Building with its general store, barbershop, and first Houston lending library. The Society's adjacent Museum of Texas History chronicles Texas history since 1519.
The Health Museum (1515 Hermann Drive)
The John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, also known as The Health Museum, is Houston's most interactive science learning center and a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. Located in the heart of the city's rich and varied Museum District, The Health Museum encourages growing interest and regard for healthier lifestyles, fitness and good physical, mental and spiritual health. The Museum treasures Houston’s diverse population and welcomes individuals of all backgrounds.
Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston
(2425 Fountainview) 713-942-8000
The mission of Holocaust Museum Houston is to promote awareness of the dangers of prejudice, hatred, and violence. By fostering Holocaust education, remembrance, and understanding, the Museum provides education about the uniqueness of this event and its ongoing lesson: that humankind must learn to live together in peace and harmony.
Houston Fire Museum (2403 Milam) 713-524-2526
The Houston Fire Museum preserves and displays a vast collection of artifacts relating to the history of Houston's fire service. The Museum's mission is to educate the public about the importance of fire and life safety.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
(One Hermann Circle Drive) 713-639-4600 or 713-639-4603 (Spanish),
Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham IMAX Theatre, and Cockrell Butterfly Center occupy a single facility in Hermann Park. The Museum has exhibit halls devoted to space science, energy, petroleum science/technology, chemistry, medicine, communications, gems and minerals, Texas coastal habitats, archaeology, paleontology (including Quetzalcoatlus northropis, the largest flying creature ever discovered), entomology, malacology, Africa, and the American Indian. Its collection of gems and minerals, one of the world's best, is of major scientific importance and great aesthetic appeal.
Houston Police Museum (HPD Academy, 17000 Aldine-Westfield Rd.) 281-230-2353
The Jung Center Of Houston (5200 Montrose Blvd.) 713-524-8253
The library and bookstore contain the most complete collection of books on Jungian subjects in the Southwest.
Lone Star Flight Museum (2002 Terminal Dr., Galveston) (281) 480-7722 or (409) 740-7722
The museum houses one of the finest collections of restored aircraft and aviation exhibits in the nation. More than 40 aircraft are on display, most of which are completely restored and in flying condition. National Awards have earned the aircraft collection the title "best of type" and includes WWII Fighters, Bombers, Liaison Trainers and Executive Planes. In addition the vintage aircraft, the museum has a display of historic photographs, engines, documents and wall mounted text portraying historic world events. Warbirds, Bombers & More! Among the static display aircraft is a B-58 Hustler, America's first supersonic strategic nuclear bomber.
Mardi Gras Museum (Old Galveston Square, 23rd Street and The Strand, Galveston) 409-763-1133
Let the good times roll year-round at the Mardi Gras Museum in Old Galveston Square. Three galleries of colorful exhibits showcase an impressive collection of historic costumes, elaborate masks, glittering crowns and scepters, and other Galveston Mardi Gras Memorabilia. From the Island's first Fat Tuesday celebration in 1867 to the to the masked balls of the early 20th century through today's rousing citywide festivities, the Mardi Gras Museum celebrates Galveston's rich Carnival traditions.
Moody Mansion and Museum (2618 Broadway, Galveston) 409-762-7668
Located on the corner of 26th and Broadway, this estate was designed by William H. Tyndall and complete about 1895 for Mrs. Narcissa Willis. William L. Moody, Jr. acquired the home in from the Willis' heirs after the 1900 hurricane. Moody's oldest daughter, Mary Moody Northern, was the last family member to live in the home until 1983 when Hurricane Alicia caused some damage. Mary Moody Northern passed away in 1986 but the mansion underwent eight years of restoration and opened to the public in 1991.
Military Museum of Texas (8611 Wallisville Road) 713-673-1234
Museum of American Architecture and Decorative Arts (Morris Cultural Arts Center, Houston Baptist University Campus)
Museum of Health & Medical Science (1515 Hermann Drive) 713-521-1515
In the Museum District near Hermann Park, the Museum of Health & Medical Science presents a Texas-sized view of the human body from the inside. The Amazing Body Pavilion includes giant human organ models and dozens of hands-on exhibits and interactive stations that explore how each system of the body works and how to stay healthy.
Museum of Printing History (1324 West Clay) 713-522-4652
The Museum of Southern History
(Joella & Stewart Morris Cultural Arts Center, Houston Baptist University Campus) 281-649-3000
In the late 1970s, museum benefactor Joella Morris cast about for some means to help preserve the history of Ft. Bend County by working to save the old jail in Richmond, Texas. That accomplished, she set her sights upon preserving artifacts and memorabilia on The War Between the States, and established a museum in which to display these materials. A 1978 Corporate agreement evolved into The Confederate Museum, which had its own building just outside Richmond, until 1997 that is, when it was relocated into a new building on the campus of Southern National Bank in Sugar Land, Texas. In this suburban community on the outskirts of Houston, the museum operated to entertain and educate patrons, continuing to acquire and display objects relating primarily to nineteenth century subjects. Now a new home has been constructed to house the museum's growing collections and increasing number of visitors.
The permanent exhibits on the upper floor chronicle the antebellum history of the south, the coming of an Un-Civil War, the tragic events that composed that drama, and the effects upon generations of southern society. Visitors peruse cases and dioramas, viewing clothing, fine furnishings, uniforms, tools, and weapons that help convey a sense of who settled the region and how they altered their world to make it a prosperous area, and developed their unique social values.
The National Museum of Funeral History
(415 Barren Springs Drive) 713-876-3063 or 800-238-8861
The National Museum of Funeral History was founded not only for the purpose of preserving historical artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries, but more importantly to encourage public education and enlightenment of our country's proud heritage of funeral service. Experience unique national treasures and the country's largest display of funeral service memorabilia in the 20,000 square foot National Museum of Funeral History. The museum is the home of rare artifacts and interesting historical information about one of our important cultural rituals.
National Railway Museum, Gulf Coast Chapter (7390 Mesa Road) 713-631-6612
Operating a non-profit museum that restores vintage railcars in the Houston, TX area and travels on excursions.
Nature Discovery Center (7112 Newcastle): (713) 667-6550
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum (Pier 20, Galveston)
a museum, educational attraction, and working drilling rig, all rolled into one.
Proctor Museum of Natural Science (630 Uvalde) 713-453-6368
The San Jacinto Museum of History, adjacent to the Battleship Texas at San Jacinto State Park, offers a wealth of historical Texas artifacts and documents.
Named after the Seawolf submarine lost in WWII, Seawolf Park displays a WWI sub, a destroyer escort, and other military items.
Space Center Houston, the state-of-the-art, $70-million, Disney-designed visitors center for Johnson Space Center, opened in 1992. It features retired Apollo, Mercury, and Gemini spacecraft, up-to-the-minute briefings by active duty astronauts and NASA scientists and engineers, hands-on simulators, live demonstrations, and giant-screen films with spectacular NASA footage. A tram tour visits JSC's Mission Control (when no missions are in orbit), the Weightless Environment Training Facility, and other JSC facilities.
Spring Historical Museum (403 Main Street in Old Town Spring, Spring) 281-288-3777
Texas Seaport Museum (Pier 21, Galveston) 409-763-1877
Located in the historic port of Galveston, the Texas Seaport Museum explores Texas' rich legacy of seaborne commerce and immigration. The Museum's staff and volunteers bring the past to life with special exhibits, educational programs, and historic projects like the Galveston Immigration Database and the restoration of the 1877 iron barque Elissa.