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Houston Museum District Tours

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Houston Museum District
Overview
Whether you want to delve into World War II history, admire contemporary art masterpieces, or spot lions and elephants at Houston Zoo—the Houston Museum District has something to suit all ages and interests. The district is home to 19 museums, galleries, and cultural centers, linked by tree-lined boulevards and leafy parks.

The Basics

The district’s top museums include the sizeable Holocaust Museum Houston; Children’s Museum of Houston, with interactive exhibitions and hands-on activities; Health Museum, with walk-through body models; and Houston Museum of Natural Science, with a planetarium and IMAX theater. For history buffs, there's the Revolutionary War at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum and Houston Museum of African American Culture. The Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Lawndale Art Center, and Houston Center for Photography appeal to art-lovers.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • Many sightseeing tours and walking tours of Houston include a stop in the Museum District.
  • Eight of the museums, including the Houston Center for Photography, Diverseworks, The Jung Center, and the Contemporary Arts Museum, offer free entrance. Most other museums also offer free entrance at selected times.
  • There are numerous options for restaurants, cafes, and accommodation in the Museum District; many of the larger museums have their own cafes.  
  • Most of the museums are fully accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
The Museum District is located just south of downtown Houston around the boulevards of Main, Caroline, and West Alabama. Metro line 700 runs through the Museum District, with three different stops (Museum District, Hermann Park/Rice U, and Wheeler Stn) dropping you within walking distance of all the different museums.

When to Get There

Museum opening hours vary, so it’s worth checking in advance; many museums are either closed on Sunday or open for the afternoon only. Thursday is a great day for budget travelers, when museums including the Fine Arts, Buffalo Soldiers, African American Culture, Natural Science, Health, and Children’s museums are all free to visit (free entrance hours vary, so be sure to check ahead). Alternatively, the Holocaust Museum is free on Sunday.

Other Things to Do in the Museum District

After visiting the museums, there are plenty of things to keep you busy in Houston’s Museum District. Visit the Rothko Chapel, designed by painter Mark Rothko; watch artisans at work at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; or peek inside a 10-foot-tall (3-meter-tall) brain at the Health Museum. Afterwards head to Hermann Park to visit Houston Zoo, watch a show at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, hire a pedal boat on the lake, or stroll around the Japanese gardens.
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6 Tours and Activities to Experience Houston Museum District

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Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day TripDay Trips

Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip

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See the key sights of central Houston and historic Galveston on a comprehensive coach tour. Begin your day of sightseeing with an overview tour of Houston by double-decker bus. In Galveston, enjoy free time to explore this scenic Gulf of Mexico town at your own pace. Admire the historic Victorian mansions, the Galveston Seawall, and the Strand historic district. Other optional activities include hitting the beach or going on a dolphin-watching tour by boat.
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Best City Tour 2 hoursBus Tours

Best City Tour 2 hours

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A good choice for first-time visitors to Houston, this tour offers a comprehensive overview of the city. Visit several well-known landmarks, parks, and stadiums including historic Market Square, Discovery Green, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, Buffalo Bayou, and more. You’ll also have an opportunity to admire the lavish homes and boutiques in River Oaks. A local guide shares insider information about what to see, where to eat, and what to do while you’re in town.
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Private Houston City Tour

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Explore Houston on a private, half-day sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to this huge Texas city. Learn about Houston's history as you see Minute Maid Park, Market Square, Midtown, City Hall, Houston Astrodome, the George Bush Monument, Toyota Center, NRG Stadium, the Texas Medical Center, and more. Includes a narrated train ride through Hermann Park that provides a close look at the landscape and cultural institutions like the Houston Zoo and Houston Museum of Natural Science.  If you prefer, skip the train ride for a stop at a pastry shop the glamorous Uptown neighborhood.
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Managers SpecialHalf-day Tours

Managers Special

If you want the best of all three of our Sightseeing, Brewery and Mural Tours, choose the Managers Special to get the best of it all. We will go through the city and talk about all of the great history as well as see 9 different districts, including, but not limited to, Theatre, Museums, Parks, Judicial, Ball Parks, Convention and much more. We will also stop and take a look and some of the most beautiful murals that Texas has to offer on many buildings. We will also stop by two of the famous breweries and let you try some craft beer to round out your tour.
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Houston-Galveston PackageBus Tours

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Houston-Galveston Package

This is an all inclusive package from airport pickup, to two full tours and airport delivery! Come and enjoy the greater Houston-Galveston area and let Joyride Houston be your private drivers and tour guides.
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The Ultimate Self-Guided Driving Tour of HoustonBus Tours

The Ultimate Self-Guided Driving Tour of Houston

Welcome to Houston! On this two-hour tour, we’ll see everything that makes Houston special, from historic districts to stunning parks and, of course, the famous Space Center! This self-guided audio tour allows you to explore Houston’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility and value. ----- Recommended: Purchase one tour per vehicle. Everyone can listen at the same time! ----- We’ll email or text you your unique password within 30 minutes after you book the tour. All audios play automatically based on location.
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