Did you know that Houston has, without a doubt, one of the top cultural districts in the entire country? Just southwest of downtown is the Museum District, a beautiful, pedestrian-friendly area home to 19 institutions including museums, galleries, community organizations, and artistic centers. Exploring the Houston Museum District is like taking a journey around the world in four walkable zones. Below are three recommended pit stops for your Museum District trip. Located a quick 15 minutes away from Magnolia, it’ll be easy to start your global adventure in this beautiful section of Houston next time you stay with us!
We know, we know – this seems obvious. But the importance of museum hopping around this district can’t be emphasized enough. The Asia Society Texas Center is currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of Tsuruya Kōkei’s first solo show in the United States by displaying 77 of his incredible prints; he is widely known as one of Japan’s leading contemporary print artists. Until October 20th, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is honoring the moon landing’s 50th anniversary with Luke Jerram’s “Moon” sculpture, as well as offering “Destination: Moon,” a virtual reality experience that lets you blast off into space. Don’t skip the Museum of Fine Arts, but if you’re more of a history buff, put Buffalo Soldiers National Museum and the Holocaust Museum Houston on your list. To entertain and educate the kiddos, you’ll absolutely want to spend time exploring the Children’s Museum of Houston.
In 1914, Houstonians set aside this 445-acre park for their “health, comfort, and happiness.” Rent a paddle boat for a spin around McGovern Lake, board the mini red train for a twenty-minute tour around the park, or walk the length of the Jones Reflection Pool (it’s 740 feet long!) The Houston Zoo is conveniently located in the park; if you visit this October, be sure to take the kids to “Zoo Boo,” where they can partake in fall festivities like the Whataburger Pumpkin Patch, the Monster Mural, and more. The Miller Outdoor Theater is another great destination in Hermann Park. On Halloween, “Night of The Living Dead” will be shown – meet up at Miller for the retro horror flick fun! The best part? Every single show is free of charge.
Since 1983, Inprint has been the city’s premier literary arts nonprofit organization. Their mission is to inspire all readers and writers in Houston by nurturing the art of creative writing. Writers from around the world come to Inprint to read, teach, and support literary arts – it is an incredibly vibrant community rich with workshops and forums! If you carry a torch for the literary arts and are in Houston, try signing up for one of their renowned writer’s workshops. Many of the workshops run for weeks, but some are just for a few hours or days, which would be perfect if you’re only in town for a short visit. Make the most of your time in the Museum District!