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9120 Airport Blvd
Houston, TX 77061
Phone: (713) 944-4400
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Arts & Museums
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.
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.
Since Alex Haley published Roots tracing family trees and history has become a national passion. This museum and bookshop is dedicated to the accomplishments of the African-American community and their cultural contributions to American heritage and history. You will appreciate and enjoy the paintings, creative writings, artifacts and other items on display. Located on Martin Luther King Boulevard near The Shrine of the Black Madonna Church, the museum offers an educational experience that would make Mr. King extremely proud.
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.
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.
This modern gallery, founded in 1973 to honor the late Sarah Campbell Blaffer, offers educational programs and exhibits for both University of Houston students and the public. Showings in the gallery change regularly, and many periods of history have been exhibited over the years. The current emphasis is on contemporary art of the past century. Previous exhibits have focused on German Expressionism, Vienna Moderne, 20th-century illustrations, and many others.
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.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers a wide variety of exhibits that are worthy of a full day's outing. The three-level live butterfly exhibit will fascinate visitors of any age, as will the dinosaur exhibit in the Morian Hall of Paleontology. The Wiess Energy Hall and the hall of Gems and Minerals are also worth a visit. If you need a break, enjoy an IMAX film or sit in on one of Burke Baker Planetarium shows.
It is said that the Cheyenne respectfully named the African American soldiers that they fought against in the Indian Wars (1866-1891) "Buffalo Soldiers" for their ferocity in battle. While the first official army units were not formed until 1866, African Americans have fought in every major American war since the Revolutionary War in the late 1700s. Visit this museum to learn about the men and women who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. They have a fine collection of well-preserved photos, uniforms and other memorabilia and artifacts.
The West was settled by disenfranchised people of all kinds, hoping to build a new and better life for themselves. Afro-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and women were an integral part of our Western heritage and their historical role is celebrated at this unusual museum. The museum, located on a working, 150-year old ranch, houses art and interactive exhibits and offers tours and lectures. There's even horseback riding and a petting zoo thus making it a fun stop for families with kids. Call ahead to schedule a visit as this museum is open by appointment only.
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.
The Health Museum was made to be interactive, create awareness on health education and cater to kids. Exhibits include a large walk-through view of the human body called the Body Pavilion. Discussions and interactive talk sessions also feature the pros and cons of smoking habits, the importance of a healthier lifestyle and many other workshops that educate kids. Apart from health and nutrition, visitors are welcome to be part of various health fairs. Apart from its regular exhibits and educational programs, the museum also plays host to private events and other social celebrations. Call ahead or check the website to know more.