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HOUSTON MUSEUM DISTRICT
With more than seven million annual visits, the Houston Museum District is one of the top cultural districts in the country, and one of the top Houston attractions. The District is an association of museums, galleries, cultural centers and community organizations dedicated to promoting art, science, history and culture. More than half offer complimentary admission daily.
The Menil Collection is considered to have one of the most important privately assembled collections of the 20th century, containing approximately 15,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs and rare books. Located on a quaint block in Montrose, this Houston museum is a great place to spend the day and should be added to any visitor's list of free things to do in Houston. Enjoy a book on the lawn, and meditate in Rothko Chapel.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston houses more than 45,000 works and is one of the largest and most important collections in the country. Current and upcoming exhibits include: Piplotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish; Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910 – 1950; Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians – The Mohammed Afkhami Collection.
With multiple galleries of hands-on activities, The Children's Museum of Houston is ranked by MSN.com as the best children's museum in the country. Kids and adults will be entertained for days at one of Houston's top attractions for families.