Comfort Suites Westbelt - Beltway 8
7707 West Sam Houston Pkwy S
Houston, TX 77072
Phone: (713) 774-7707
Fax: (713) 774-7709
7707 West Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, TX, US, 77072
- Phone: (713) 774-7707
- Fax: (713) 774-7709
Arts & Museums
If you want to learn about everyday life in the south during the 19th century, head to the Museum of Southern History. It features mid-19th century artifacts, clothing and quilts along with Civil War uniforms and weapons. Special exhibits include a sharecropper's cabin, a chuck box that was used on cattle drives, the Texas Rangers and the Battle of Galveston displays of the American Civil War. The museum also has a research library and a separate room for traveling exhibits.
Located inside the sprawling Houston Galleria, Zen Art Space courts local Houston artists for its always-changing exhibition space. It's hard to pass by Zen Art Space's retail location without being intrigued by the brightly colored and eccentric window display that features an explosion of painted knick knacks, sculptures and canvases. Pricing varies depending on in-store appraisals, but the gallery's emphasis on local artists ensures that costs are reasonable.
We all love sugar and this is where most of the Texas sugar refining is done. On the same grounds since 1843, the plant now imports most of its sugar. Everyone with a sweet tooth or an interest in industrial processes can tour the facilities to see how sugar is cultivated, processed and packaged. The company got its name in an unusual way. The original owner visited Manhattan and stayed in the luxurious Imperial Hotel. Impressed with the property, he decided to adopt the name for his company. A few years later the city (Sugar land) was named in honor of the plant.
Not just another art gallery, this company is committed to assisting clients in the selection and purchase of art, as well as generally supporting artists and promoting the arts in the community. It exhibits and sells a wide range of contemporary works, including original paintings and prints, photography, sculpture and furniture art. The elegantly modern space is also available to rent for special events.
Located on Houston's gallery row, the John Cleary Gallery showcases the finest in fine art photography, both in the gallery and at prominent photo fairs in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Previous exhibits have featured Jeffrey Becom, Jeffrey Conley and Charles Cramer. The gallery holds a Christmas show each year featuring several artists' work.
McClain Gallery was established in 1980 by Robert and Cynthia Cage McClain. Their thoughtfully-selected collection features contemporary work as well as art from the 20th Century. A great alternative for aficionados and collectors, this venue hosts inspiring exhibitions by European, Asian and national artists. Among the myriad media showcased here are painting, sculpture, photography, paper art and three-dimensional installations.
Bayou Bend is the former home of Ima Hogg, a famous philanthropist. Visitors can wander through 14 acres of woodlands and formal gardens, or check out the house that contains 4,800 various works of art. This art represents the American style from colonial to mid-19th Century. The house is a lovely lifestyle museum of that century. Please take note that children under ten years of age can wander the gardens but are not allowed in the house.
Those who appreciate the European decorative arts will eventually find their way to this mansion in the River Oaks district. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and tall trees on five acres, the mansion is elegantly furnished in the Italian, English and Roman styles. Although the estate is now part of the Museum of Fine Arts, it was originally owned by the local Masterson family who hired architect John F. Staub in the 1950s to design a modern version of an Italian country estate. Admittance is by reservation only. Call to schedule a guided, peaceful tour through a contemporary palace.
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.
The cozy arrangement of furniture that accompanies the paintings on the De Santos Gallery walls is sure to make you feel right at home. The collection of framed photographs adorning the walls display the works of over 25 artists. There is also a library which stacks a small array of books on its shelves. The works are spread over three floors as there is also an outdoor patio for visitors to take a breather. While it promises the same quality as any other gallery, the friendly setting is sure to make guests feel welcome time and again.
Rice University has a worldwide reputation as a great institute of learning, especially in the arts. Campus visitors who appreciate contemporary art will love this gallery located inside Sewall Hall. Known for attracting skillful and popular artists like Stephen Hendee, Barry McGee and Diana Cooper, the gallery focuses on featuring one event at a time. There are also many other attractions on this beautiful campus. After your gallery tour, take time for a campus stroll and admire the beautiful oak trees on Rice Boulevard.
The Vaughan Christopher Gallery has the most beautiful paintings. With a penchant for collecting artwork, the founder channeled her passion towards setting up an art gallery. A haven for art lovers, it makes for a delightful visit. Exposing the works of artists world renowned, the works are of a superior quality. For further information, log onto their website.