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Museums in Houston

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Houston is the largest city in Texas and the 4th largest city in the United States. Houston was founded in 1836, and the historical growth of the port and railroad industry, combined with oil discovery in 1901, have all driven the surges in the city’s population.

In the mid-20th century, Houston became one of the world’s largest concentrations of healthcare and research institutions, and NASA’s Johnson Space Center has made Huston a center for advanced technology industries. 

Houston is home to many cultural institutions and museums with an active visual and performing arts scene. 

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), is one of the largest museums in the United States with a permanent collection spanning over 6,000 years of history, with about 64,000 works from six continents.   

The museum’s most extensive collections include Italian Renaissance painting, French Impressionism, photography, American and European decorative arts, African and pre-Columbian gold, American art, and post-1945 European and American painting and sculpture.

Other collections include African-American art and Texas painting, modern and contemporary Latin American art, Asian art, and Islamic art.

The museum’s collections and programs are housed across seven separate facilities.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a natural history museum established in 1909 to provide a free institution for the people of Houston focusing on education and science.

The museum complex consists of four floors of natural science halls and exhibits, a Planetarium, a Butterfly Center, and a Giant Screen Theatre. The museum is one of the most popular in the United States.

The museum’s permanent displays included a dinosaur exhibit, a space museum, and exhibits on geology, biology, petroleum science, technology, and geography.

In 1988, the Challenger Learning Center was opened in memory of the Space Shuttle Challenger crew members that were lost during the shuttle’s tenth mission. 

In 2012, a new wing to house its paleontology hall, more than doubling the size of the original museum. The Paleontology Hall contains more than 60 large skeleton mounts, including three Tyrannosaurus rex and three large Quetzalcoatlus.

Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston is a science and space learning center and the visitors center of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. The Johnson Space Center is the home of Mission Control and astronaut training.

The center holds over 400 space artifacts, permanent and traveling exhibits, attractions, live shows, and theaters dedicated to preserving the history of America’s human spaceflight program. 

The center has extensive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs for students and teachers. 

Space Center Houston is the home of a Space Shuttle replica, where it stands mounted on one of the two original shuttle carrier aircraft. 

Lone Star Flight Museum

The Lone Star Flight Museum is an aerospace museum with a collection of over 24 historically significant aircraft, plus numerous artifacts related to the history of flight.

The museum began as a private collection in 1985 and in 1990, that collection became the Lone Star Flight Museum, a non-profit organization.

The museum’s collection participates in airshows and operates flights for visitor passengers in historic aircraft such as the B-17 Flying Fortress and a Douglas DC-3.

The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame is located within the museum. It honors the contributions of residents or natives of Texas to aviation and spaceflight. 

The museum is located next to Ellington Airport in Houston in a combined aviation museum complex with its own airport ramp. 

The Ellington Airport is a public and military use airport located 17 mi, 28 km southeast of downtown Houston. Formerly known as Ellington Field, then Ellington Air Force Base, then again as Ellington Field.

Museums in Houston

  • City:                       Houston
  • Country:                United States
  • State:                     Texas
  • Founded:              1636
  • Named for:            Sam Houston
  • Population:            6.3 million – Metro

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