Things to do in Houston

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Things to Do in Houston


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  • Julia I
    Madison, WI165 contributions
    The hall of paleontology was superb! So many trilobites! And so much information. And great skeletons and dioramas. And the final section on evolution of hominids was also great. We spent nearly 2 hours in that one hall and then just had energy to walk briefly through the Texas hall of wildlife. My husband loves dinosaurs more than I do, but even I found it very interesting. And we were relieved it wasn’t too crowded on a Sunday afternoon in January.
    Parking is $30 and so it’s worth trying for free parking —the website has a good map and we got lucky to park in closest free lot A. Also saved by getting senior tickets (only available in person).
    Written January 29, 2024
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  • Roger C
    Canton, NC278 contributions
    Very good museum to visit. Lots of interesting facts and information to see. Go early because it gets more crowded in the afternoon. We also took the historic command center tour. Definitely worth the time.
    Written January 28, 2024
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  • volcanogirl
    Houston, TX14,848 contributions
    The MFAH is an excellent museum with art spread across three large buildings and connected by a tunnel system. We're museum members and enjoy coming to see their rotating exhibits. For this visit, we saw the Armand Hammer collection called From Rembrandt to Van Gogh. It was a really fantastic diverse collection featuring art from across four different centuries. Paintings from Rembrandt, Titian, Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh, and other familiar names. My favorite was the portrait of King David by an artist I was unfamiliar with Gustave Moreau - really beautiful. They had an audio tour you could listen to. You had to scan a sound chip next to each painting to access the audio; that made it a bit difficult if people were gathered around a painting. I saw woman using a wheelchair struggling to get close enough to use the scanner, so I think they need to rethink that setup to make it more accessible, but the tour was interesting. We also enjoyed Kusama's exhibit that simulates floating Japanese water lanterns through the use of light and mirrors. We stepped inside a dark room to stand on a platform and slowly golden lights came on surrounding us. Very pretty and serene, a modern contrast to the other exhibit. I love that the artist created it to mark her 80th birthday. We parked in the parking garage attached to the museum; look for the big yellow sculptural arrow to find the entrance. The museum is free for general admission on Thursdays and has a great gift shop and cafe attached. Also a very nice sculpture garden with Houston's own bean sculpture by Anish Kapoor. James Turrell's light tunnel is also really cool and worth seeing. You could easily spend a day here and not see everything this museum has to offer.
    Written February 2, 2024
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,729 contributions
    My nieces love to come here as it is a pretty park and the animals are fun. Well-maintained and the animals are well taken care of. Prices have gone up.
    Written February 18, 2024
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,729 contributions
    We came by to see this big sports park because it is famous and modern and is also located very close to downtown. A very poputal place to see a sports team compete.
    Written February 17, 2024
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  • ALICIA LUCIA R
    2 contributions
    My kid was very happy with the activities, we spent an amazing day.
    There were fun games for all ages even the youngest.
    Written December 30, 2023
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,729 contributions
    A world-famous shopping mall, attracts shoppers and sight-seers from all over the world. Nice to see stores busy, nice to see so many people enjoying itself. And it is the anchor to the fanciest modern part of town, lots of tall apartment buildings.
    Written February 17, 2024
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  • Marlee F
    1 contribution
    One of the best 'offbeat' museums I have been to! Inexpensive, extensive, informative and respectful.

    And the gift shop itself is worth a visit !
    Written February 20, 2024
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  • Karen R
    The Woodlands, Texas, United States12 contributions
    Opps… they did it again! We were there last night for the opening night of Damaged Divas of the Decades and the show was wonderful. We purchased the best seat option offered and were very comfortable and had a great view with our 4 chairs and table for drinks. Highly recommend! This was the 2nd show we watched them perform this year and will definitely be going back for their next show, The 90’s Experience which starts in early May.
    Written February 18, 2024
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,729 contributions
    World class museums can be found here, and there are several close together. If you have a lot of time and plan to visit more than one, you can park your car and walk among them. Together they form a very pretty part of town.
    Written February 18, 2024
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  • Monika B
    Houston, TX14 contributions
    I grow milkweed in pots and raise monarch butterflies in my backyard and love to see the other species at the Butterfly Center.
    Written July 28, 2023
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  • Calondra B.
    Houston, TX594 contributions
    Let’s begin by saying I’ve visited the Holocaust Museum on several occasions with docent tours that continue to share the horrendous and abominable Jewish tragedy that aimed to decimate the Jews.

    This museum also dedicates space to
    showcase phenomenal historical events one of which is the Kinsey Collection a private African American Art and History Collection sponsored by Shell.

    This beautiful family has spent decades acquiring one of a kind artifacts that leave you speechless. Slavery occurred and it was heinous and atrocious.

    “The Doors of No Return” leave you motionless knowing many of whom who were torn from their countries and families never returned. The one of kind marriage license of African Americans in America before Jamestown was founded. The first African American politicians, civil rights activists, poets, were documented as well as unique art pieces and sculptures. It is a profoundly moving and inspiring exhibit to learn so much about the importance of African American.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to see this collection.
    Written February 18, 2024
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