Houston is known for many things, but did you realize how many wonderful museums and cultural centers our great city has? And even better, many of them are free or offer free admission on certain days and/or at certain times.
If you’re interested in learning more about history, seeing great art or just having a fun time while trying something new, use this list as your guide.
Art Car Museum
140 Heights Blvd
Free: Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
Even the youngest visitors will enjoy the half-dozen one-of-a-kind cars from years past. Plus, the selection in this small museum is constantly changing, so now is a great time to check it out!
Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Blvd
Free: Tuesday-Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm
More than a museum, exhibitions here are focused on the art of Asian cultures and include performances, creative activities and art displays.
Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston
Free: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am to 5pm
View contemporary art museum from students, international artists and traveling exhibitions.
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
3816 Caroline St
Free: Thursday, 1-5pm
See the only museum in the country dedicated to preserving the legacy of the United States’ first African-American soldiers, from the Revolutionary War through to present day.
Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz Street
Free: Thursday, 5-8pm
Interact with exhibits and play areas for toddlers to teenagers.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Boulevard
Free: Tuesday, Wednesday, 10am-7pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, noon-6pm
With no permanent collection, exhibits are constantly changing.
The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Drive
Free: Thursday, 2-7pm
This hidden gem of a children’s museum focuses on the human body.
The Heritage Society
1100 Bagby St
Free: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Nearly a dozen historical buildings in Sam Houston Park contain exhibits on Texas history.
Holocaust Museum Houston
5401 Caroline Street
Free: Sundays, 12-5pm
Have a moving, meaningful experience in our country’s fourth largest Holocaust museum.
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive
Free: Daily, 7am-7:30pm
Hike trails manageable even for little legs, and see a pond stocked full of turtles at the end.
Houston Baptist University Museums
Free: Check each museum’s website for opening times.
Visit six small museums, including the Museum of American Architecture and Decorative Arts.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main St
Free: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm
This museum is one of only a few in the country dedicated to craft works using metal, clay and found/recycled materials.
Houston Museum of African American Culture
4807 Caroline St
Free: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 11am-6pm; Thursday 11am-8pm
Learn about African-American art, history and culture, particularly in Texas and the Southwest.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Free: Thursday, 2-5pm
Learn about planets, dinosaurs, mummies and so much more!
Houston Police Department Museum
1200 Travis St
Free: Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm
See badges, uniforms and other police paraphernalia.
Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main St
Free: Wednesday 12-6pm; Thursday 12-8pm; Friday 12-6pm; Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm
Check out contemporary art from local artists, including a large outdoor art wall transformed by a new artist every few months.
The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St
Free: Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-7pm
View this private collection of modern art.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
5601 Main Street
Free: Thursday, 10am-9pm (always free for children under 12)
You can’t miss one of Houston’s largest and most famous museums.
Station Museum of Contemporary Art
1502 Alabama St
Free: Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
Find ever-changing contemporary art exhibitions from all over the world.