Regardless of what your interests are, Houston has attractions just right for you. From Space Center Houston (home to NASA's Mission Control) to the largest Fine Arts Museum in the Southwest, the options are many.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
Founded in 1909, the purpose of the Houston Museum of Natural Science has always been to "enhance in individuals the knowledge and delight in natural science and related subjects." To this very day, this purpose is carried out in every project, program and exhibition associated with the museum.
As one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States, and one of the most attended venues in Houston, the Museum houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and a fascinating variety of permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas wildlife and much more. In addition, the museum frequently presents traveling exhibitions on a variety of topics.
The Museum also maintains two satellite facilities: The George Observatory in Fort Bend County, which houses one of the largest telescopes in the country that is available for public viewing; and the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, which has exhibits on dinosaurs; mineralogy; exotic, live frogs and more.
The Museum is a major science learning center with over a half million school children visiting annually, including every fourth grade and seventh grade class in the Houston Independent School District.
1515 Hermann Dr, Houston, TX 77004
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's mission is to foster wonder and curiosity about health, medical science and the human body. The Museum treasures Houston's diverse population and welcomes individuals of all backgrounds.
The Health Museum currently serves more than 180,000 visitors annually, including more than 22,000 schoolchildren in organized field trips. Since our grand opening in 1996, we have seen more than 2.5 million visitors and counting. The Health Museum is the most visited health museum of its kind in the country and one of the top public attractions in the Houston area.
The Health Museum is committed to excellence in innovative and interactive health and science educational experiences such as:
- A hands-on walk through the human body
- New and exciting traveling exhibits
- Real organ dissections
- Science mini-classes and mini-med schools
- Health fairs and community outreach
- Family science labs
- School field trips
- Home school classes and programs
- Scout programs
- Summer camps
In addition to our permanent exhibits, the Amazing Body Pavilion and You: The Exhibit , other attractions include the McGovern 4D Theater, the Sue Trammell Whitfield Gallery, for seasonal exhibits, and learning centers. The museum offers affordable membership rates for individuals and families. Visitors enjoy shopping for unique gifts at the museum's Amazing Body Store .
5401 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004
Charged with educating students and the public about the dangers of prejudice and hatred in society, Holocaust Museum Houston opened its doors in March of 1996. Since that time, impassioned notes, poems, artwork and other gifts, from school children and adults alike, attest to the life-changing thoughts generated by just one visit to this unique facility.
The Permanent Exhibition at the Museum is called “ Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers ,” and it focuses on the stories of Holocaust survivors living in the Houston metropolitan area. A tour begins with a look at life before the Holocaust. Visitors then see the beginnings of Nazism and Adolf Hitler's rise to power. The displays progress through the disruption of normal life, to segregation, to imprisonment in concentration camps and finally to extermination. The roles of collaborators, by-standers, rescuers and liberators are portrayed through artifacts, film reels, photographs, and text panels. The main exhibit ends with the moving short films “Voices” and “Voices II,” which alternate daily in the 100-seat theater. "Voices" is shown Wednesday through Saturday, with "Voices II" on Sunday through Tuesday. These films are compilations of verbal testimony from area survivors.
World War II Holocaust Railcar
The Museum is proud to display a 1942 World War II railcar of the type used to carry millions of Jews to their deaths. The railcar was formally dedicated and opened to the public during 10th Anniversary ceremonies on Sunday, March 5, 2006.
Danish Rescue Boat
The Museum's Permanent Exhibition also includes a 1942 Danish rescue boat of the type used to save more than 7,200 Jews from almost certain execution at the hands of Nazi Germany.
Morgan Family Center
The Morgan Family Center comprises the administrative offices, two changing exhibits galleries, the HMH classrooms and the theater.
The Museum also includes two changing galleries for art and photography exhibits. The Central Gallery is naturally located in the center of the Museum building and leads guests to the library. The Josef and Edith Mincberg Gallery is a larger hall for more extensive displays. The changing exhibits are designed to complement and further explore the issues presented in the Permanent Exhibition.
Holocaust Museum Houston is also widely known as an education center and the facility includes two classroom areas and a research library. The Boniuk Library and Resource Center contains more than 4,000 titles relating to the Holocaust, World War II, religion and antisemitism. The video section contains more than 300 titles on related subjects and the tapes can be viewed in the Museum's video room or checked out. A full-time librarian manages the center, and a full-time registrar is responsible for maintaining the Museum's archives. Thousands of historic and original photographs, documents, letters, diaries and other artifacts from the 1930s and 1940s are cataloged in the archives. Researchers can examine these documents and artifacts by appointment.
Lack Family Memorial Room
Two other areas of Holocaust Museum Houston allow for reflection and meditation. The Lack Family Memorial Room is a quiet place for contemplation. It contains the three-part work of art comprising the Wall of Remembrance, the Wall of Tears and the Wall of Hope. The Memorial Wall in the room is a place where local Holocaust survivors can commemorate their lost loved ones.
Eric Alexander Garden of Hope
Outside the Memorial Room is a quiet garden known as the Eric Alexander Garden of Hope. It is dedicated to the eternal spirit of children and is in memory of the 1.5 million children who lost their lives in the Holocaust.
Houston Museum District
Holocaust Museum Houston is a member of the Houston Museum District Association.
Main Gate General Admission $38.99
Single Tube $6.00
Parking is $10.00 per car
As a friendly reminder, Wet 'n' Wild SplashTown does not allow any outside food or beverages into the park.
2026 Lockheed Road, Galveston, TX 77554 Phone: (409) 770-9283
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark opened in 2006 and features more than 35 refreshing water adventures for all ages. A huge collection of signature thrill rides and family attractions are surrounded by the award-winning Transportainment® River System, which allows guests to float in tubes throughout the entire park without ever leaving the water. During the spring and fall months, a section of the park transforms into an indoor waterpark so you can enjoy even more summer fun. And like all Schlitterbahn parks, parking is free, there is no charge for use of inner tubes and life jackets, and you can bring your own picnic inside the park.
Theater District, 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Downtown Aquarium is the product of redeveloping two downtown Houston landmarks – Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. This magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements, Downtown Aquarium has it all!
215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
The Kemah Boardwalk is open daily providing fun for everyone! Located just 20 miles from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows every day.
1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
With exhilarating and challenging activities—both fun and educational—the Children's Museum of Houston is A Playground for Your Mind™ and America's No. 1 Children's Museum by Parents magazine.
Rain or shine, it's always an awesome time at the Children's Museum of Houston! From early bird parents looking for something amusing to do with their toddlers , to Moms looking for after school excitement for their kids, our doors are open.
Admission is just $9, and Free Family Nights are offered every Thursday from 5 - 8 p.m. Admission price includes ALL activities, movies, spotlight performances, special events and 14 hands-on exhibits . We also offer many discounts and free times.
All hallways, exhibits and restrooms are handicap accessible at CMH. Those requiring assistance or parents with strollers wishing to reach the second level of the How Does It Work? or PowerPlay exhibits may use the wheelchair/stroller lifts. Visitors wanting to use these lifts should visit the Box Office and leave an ID for an access key. Sound reduction head phones and wheelchairs are also available.
6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
Open Daily 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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