A trip to Houston may include taking in an Astros game or visiting Space Center Houston. Consider going in a completely different direction, though, and visit one of Houston's amazing museums.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
If you like science, this is the place for you. Take in spectacular exhibitions and attractions, including mineral specimens, a dinosaur skeleton, space-station models, a six-story butterfly center, an IMAX theater, and a planetarium. There's plenty to keep the whole family busy all day. There are special exhibitions throughout the year and rotating IMAX and planetarium shows, as well as several regular exhibits. For true science buffs, Earth Forum is a must, with its mix of interactive technology that lets you explore the Earth.
Museum of Fine Arts
If art and sculpture are more your style, check out the Museum of Fine Arts. Exhibits rotate throughout the year, but they provide you with a spectacular array of art no matter when you visit. The museum's collections include more than 65,000 works of art created by artists from cultures all over the world, ranging from ancient times and to the present. For a sneak peak, check out the museum's website. You can book cheap hotels near the Museum, such as the Crown Plaza Houston River Oaks. For more hotels, check out Hipmunk's Houston hotels page.
Holocaust Museum Houston
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The Holocaust is one of history's most tragic events. Learn about its history while being educated on prejudice and tolerance. The museum includes archival film, a Danish rescue boat, and a World War II railcar used to transport victims to concentration camps. The Permanent Exhibition focuses on Holocaust survivors' stories, the history of Hitler and Nazism in Germany, and the timeline of the Holocaust. There are also galleries, an education center, and the Eric Alexander Garden of Hope, dedicated to the 1.5 million children whose lives were lost in the Holocaust. Parents may want to consult museum staff before planning a family tour. The Four Points by Sheraton Houston Southwest is close by and offers great rates.
Children's Museum of Houston
You won't want to miss a family day at the Children’s Museum of Houston. You and your kids will love exploring the exhibits and learning about science, technology, history, culture, health, human development, and the arts. Through several hands-on activities for both older and younger children, you can experience hours of fun during your visit. There are also plenty of events that take place throughout the year, so be sure to check out what will be happening during your visit. If you'd like to stay near the Children's Museum, check out the Mainstay Suites by Choice Hotels - TX Medical Ctr / Reliant.
National Museum of Funeral History
Are you looking for something completely unique to do on your visit? The National Museum of Funeral History houses the largest collection of funeral artifacts in the U.S. Trace the history of funeral services, see a display of hearses, and discover memorabilia from funerals of historical figures, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Elvis Presley. You can even learn about the history of embalming.
Museums are a great place to soak up local and world culture on your trip to Houston. Book your hotel, buy your Astros tickets, and write your list of dream museums when you plan your next trip.