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  • 1 Houston Museum of Natural Science Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    5800 Caroline St USA - Houston, TX 77030-1749

    This outstanding four-floor museum requires two days to see properly. On the main floor are a planetarium and IMAX theater. The Paleontology Hall exhibits over 450 fossil specimens chronicled by time and location. Adjacent to the Welch Chemistry Hall..

  • 2 Menil Collection Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1515 Sul Ross St. USA - Houston, TX 77006-4729

    One of the world's foremost collections of 20C art, with an emphasis on Surrealism, is presented here. Established in 1987 for the collection of John and Dominique de Menil, the museum exhibits only a small part of more than 15,000 paintings, sculptu..

  • 3 Museum District Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    USA - Houston, TX 77002

    A half-dozen important art museums, various science and history museums and Houston's children's museum are found here. Although the district extends 1.5mi north-south from the Menil Collection to the Houston Zoo, most facilities are within four bloc..

  • 4 The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1001 Bassinet St. USA - Houston, TX 77005-1803

    Founded in 1900 as the first municipal art museum in Texas, this is now one of the largest museums in the US. A wide-ranging permanent collection of more than 40,000 works is exhibited in the new Audrey Jones Beck Building (José Rafael Moneo, 2000), ..

  • 5 Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    1 Westcott St. USA - Houston, TX 77007-7009

    A division of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this spectacular collection showcases 17-19C American decorative arts with 5,000 objects of furniture, ceramics, silver, paper, glass, textiles and paintings. It is located in Bayou Bend (1927, John F. ..

  • 6 Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    4011 Yupon St. USA - Houston, TX 77006-4840

    The Menil's Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum holds the only intact Byzantine frescoes in the Western Hemisphere, rescued from thieves attempting to smuggle the 13C artwork out of Turkish-controlled Cyprus. The frescoes underwent restoration that took t..

  • 7 Contemporary Arts Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    5216 Montrose Blvd. USA - Houston, TX 77006-6547

    Occupying a distinctive metal parallelogram (1972, Gunnar Barkers), this cutting-edge museum offers frequently changing exhibits of modern international art in spacious upstairs and downstairs galleries. Rotating every six weeks, major exhibitions in..

  • 8 Downtown Houston Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Houston, TX 77002

    Buffalo Bayou, the original corridor of settlement, runs along the north side of downtown. Sam Houston Park recalls this first community; above it rises a web of freeways. The commercial district runs east 14 blocks to the George R. Brown Convention ..

  • 9 Holocaust Museum Houston Interesting

    Museums and art

    5401 Caroline St. USA - Houston, TX 77004-6804

    This somber museum (1996, Ralph Appelbaum and Mark Mucasey), designed as an education center and a memorial to victims and survivors of the Holocaust, is unmistakable for the broad, dark, brick cylinder-reminiscent of a Nazi death-camp smokestack-tha..

  • 10 Houston Zoological Gardens Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    1513 N. MacGregor Way USA - Houston, TX 77023-4009

    Spanning 55 acres at Hermann Park, the zoo is home to 5,000 animals of 700 species. The Wortham World of Primates is a 2.2-acre rain-forest habitat for apes and monkeys. The Tropical Bird House is a walk-through jungle aviary for more than 200 free-f..

  • 11 John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science Interesting

    Museums and art

    1515 Hermann Dr. USA - Houston, TX 77004-7126

    As home to the world's largest medical center, Houston makes a natural location for this educational center. In the Amazing Body Pavilion, visitors take a walking tour of the human body, including a 10ft brain, a giant eyeball, a 22ft backbone, and m..

  • 12 Sam Houston Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    1100 Bagby St. USA - Houston, TX 77002-2504

    Seven restored and furnished 19C-early-20C homes, and an 1891 German Lutheran church, have been relocated to this 19-acre park. Oldest is an 1823 pioneer home; most elaborate, a 17-room house built by oil pioneer Henry T. Staiti in 1905. The Heritage..

  • 13 The Children's Museum of Houston Interesting

    Museums and art

    1500 Binz St. USA - Houston, TX 77004-7112

    Hands-on exhibits in the Technikids Gallery show everyday applications of science through experimentation. The Investigations Gallery teaches where food comes from, beginning with a farm exhibit and continuing through nutrition, shopping and money ma..

  • 14 The Rothko Chapel Interesting

    Religious buildings

    3900 Yupon St. USA - Houston, TX 77006-4839

    Maintained by the Menil, The Rothko Chapel is an all-faith ecumenical center. The octagonal Chapel (1971, Philip Johnson), holds 14 paintings (1965-66)-variations on a theme of black-by Mark Rothko. Outside in a reflecting pool stands Broken Obelisk,..

  • 15 Theater District Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1200 Louisiana St USA - Houston, TX 77002

    Both the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet perform at the Wortham Theater Center, noted for its six-story grand foyer. The Houston Symphony Orchestra is home in the block-sized Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, identified by its facade of trav..

  • 16 The Galleria

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    5075 Westheimer St. USA - Houston, TX 77056

    Several major department stores, two large hotels and an ice rink (beneath an arched glass ceiling) anchor Houston's largest shopping complex. Designed after a plaza in Milan, Italy, the center dominates the Uptown Houston district, west of Loop 610 ..

  • 17 Williams Tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2800 Post Oak Blvd. USA - Houston, TX 77056

    Immediately south of The Galleria, the 64-story Williams Tower offers a vast view from its top floors. The energy-company headquarters is one of architect Philip Johnson's best-known neo-Deco designs, a soaring, glistening, cathedral-like spire. The ..

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