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Baytown, TX 77521
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Arts & Museums
Learn about the “kings of the wild frontier” in these archives. After visiting the San Jacinto Battleground where an independent Texas was born, step inside to discover the details of the famous battle. The tribute to all of those who lived, fought and died for independence, traces the regional past from the Native Americans who witnessed the landing of Hernando Cortés to the westward movement of the 1800s. A 35-minute film, Texas Forever!! the Battle of San Jacinto, can be viewed to further enhance your understanding of this famous, hallowed ground. When you're done browsing the exhibits, don't forget to take the elevator to the observation deck for an unbelievable view of the grounds.
On most battlegrounds you would not find a battleship, but San Jacinto State Historical Park is a definite exception to the rule. This majestic ship is berthed on the Houston Ship Channel at the edge of the park. She is the only survivor of the World War I dreadnoughts and also served as a flagship for the World War II D-Day invasion in 1944. President Eisenhower, a native Texan, presided over the dedication ceremony when the ship was retired, and the U.S. Navy has proudly preserved and restored her in the years since. Visitors are welcome to explore most parts of the ship. Tours are available, and many areas display items and memorabilia from ship life.
Long before the petrochemical plants and refineries dominated, farmers in the Pasadena area grew strawberries. Indeed, they grew more strawberries than any other city and shipped them all over the country. This historical museum celebrates that past with displays of memorabilia that range from that era to modern times. On the grounds around the museum, you'll see vintage houses and a restored gazebo. One of the houses, Strawberry House, showcases lifestyles from three past decades: the 1900s, 1920s and 1940s.
There was a time in our history when the railroad was a major mode of transportation and was used extensively for cargo transport across the country. Songs have even been written and sung about the long, shrill train whistles and the age of the locomotive. Hank Williams and Jimmy Rogers are prime examples of singers who have paid tribute over the years. The museum features old locomotives, railroad cars, artifacts and other equipment for viewing and exploring. Some cars are completely restored to reflect their glory days. Kids love blasting the engine horn as they pass by and climbing around in antique cabooses. The museum is closed during the winter. Call ahead for exact times.
Dedicated to preserving the memory of Texans who served in the armed forces, the Military Museum displays uniforms, weapons, equipment, vehicles and other memorabilia that date back to World War II. With a proud motto that states, "Get it out of the junkyard and back in the motorpool," the staff specializes in restoring vehicles, field equipment and pieces of artillery. You will even see a helicopter. Stop by if you are interested in war history, but even if you are not, the majesty of these machines will impress you.
Located in the heart of Kemah, the Bradford Street Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting, selling and promoting modern contemporary art. The gallery offers local artists with a great platform to showcase their works. It also hold exhibits, during which art lovers can feast their eyes on splendid art pieces or maybe even pick up some as gifts or interior decor. Call ahead for more details.
Ever since the Apollo flights, Houston has been synonymous with space travel. Space Center Houston, of NASA's Johnson Space Center, allows visitors to study and understand the making of space history. Enter the five-story plaza which features a full-size shuttle mock-up, complete with a flight deck. By far, the most popular highlight for adults is the tram tour that takes you to various buildings throughout the Space Center. You will be able to have a seat in the viewing room of the original Mission Control room and stroll past full-size mock-ups of the original Apollo rockets. When you need a break from all the activity, the Zero-G diner is on hand to fix you right up.
If you are looking for old Northern Italian architecture and a charmingly designed church, come visit this beautiful chapel known as Villa De Matel Convent. Built in the Lombard Romanesque style by Maurice J. Sullivan in 1928, it was the proudest of his creations. The sisters who decided to build the chapel in the 1920s asked him to create a building that would "be as good in 500 years as on the day of completion". He accomplished exactly that. Located on a sprawling 70 plus acres near South Wayside in southeast Houston, the grounds are home to the Sisters of Charity and Sisters of Incarnate Word private novitiate and mother house.
The classic Art Deco building, designed by Joseph Finger in the 1930s and completed in 1940, served as Houston's Municipal Airport until 1954. The recent restoration of the building is stunning with its attention to detail. The Deco chandelier hanging from the two-story atrium and the original marble floors will transport you to a bygone era. Go every third Saturday for Wings & Wheels plane and car show. Buy a raffle ticket to win a vintage plane and support the museum's continued restoration efforts.
Over the course of more than two decades, Jefferson Davis McKissack, a Houston postal worker who loved oranges, built The Orange Show one found object at a time. He dreamt it would one day become a major attraction. He died just seven months after opening its doors. Recognizing The Orange Show's importance as one of the finest examples of folk art environments in the U.S., a group of supporters formed the Orange Show Foundation to preserve the monument. They're also responsible for the internationally renowned Art Car Festival. Besides visiting The Orange Show, you can also take one of the Foundations' Eyeopener Tours.
Spanish-American heritage thrives in Houston, especially in the visual and performing arts. This Latin cultural center, located in the downtown area, is one of the best in the country and sponsors many exciting events and children's programs throughout the year. Young people will learn about the challenges and opportunities life offers and how to use education, healthy relationships, faith and family ties as a strong base for success. Next door is the colorful Guadalupe Park, where both youth and seniors can meet in harmony and discuss different viewpoints.
Thankfully, they won't tell forced inane platitudes like "turn that frown upside down" to their patrons, but there is some level of expectation that all troubles will be checked at the door for pick up on the way out. All baggage is strictly the responsibility of the owner. Enter a magical place where indie bands can make a name for themselves, the suggested donation for beer and wine is a mere formality and no one has to feel ashamed to play with their puppets. More than just a bar with live experimental electronic music and underground jazz, this little bungalow also sports a gallery of quirky art to ponder and sock puppets and board games in the living room.