Houston’s famed Museum District boasts 19 world-renowned art institutions that are divided into four zones throughout Houston. In January, the Museum District began spotlighting individual zones with a quarterly open house, called the "Museum Experience," to showcase the city's diverse and robust arts offerings.
This Saturday, Houstonians are invited to stroll through six museums in zone 2 between Midtown and Hermann Park to soak up Houston's unique cultural heritage. “Our hope is to communicate and honor our past, relish in current traditions and inspire museum-goers to extend future support to the organizations that offer safe spaces for discussion and new learning experiences," says Houston Museum District executive director Julie Farr.
Here, we share some of our favorite exhibits to see as you spend the day perusing these celebrated cultural institutions.
View their new exhibit, Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, which features rare wall hanging installations and works by Japanese artists never before seen in Houston. Need to refuel before walking to the next museum? Grab lunch at their peaceful—and delicious!—Jade Stone Café on the property.
Free. 1370 Southmore Blvd. 713-496-9901. asiasociety.org/texas
Buffalo Soldiers Museum
Calling all history buffs! See live, historical reenactments at Buffalo Soldiers Museum, America’s only museum that chronicles the African American military experience from the Revolutionary War to present.
$3–5. 3816 Caroline St. 713-942-8920. buffalosoldiermuseum.com
Czech Center Museum
Gather your family and head to the Czech Center, where young and young-at-heart visitors can participate in traditional egg painting workshops or hear readings from children's books based in the Czech Republic. Before you leave, don't forget to visit their Prague International Shop for Bohemian-inspired gifts. (Did we mention a special 10 percent discount?!)
$3–5. 4920 San Jacinto St. 713-528-2060. czechcenter.org
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
At their Craft Garden, visitors can make polymer clay sculptures using material inspired by plants in the garden. After your craft, don't miss guided tours every hour of their outstanding exhibits, including United by Hand: Work and Service that features art works by veterans.
Free. 5401 Caroline St. 713-529-4848. crafthouston.org
Holocaust Museum Houston
New to the renowned museum, interact with an artificial-intelligence avatar of Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter, who shares real-time responses to visitors' questions. Afterwards, take a guided tour of their thought-provoking permanent exhibitions, as well as a special bilingual temporary exhibit, Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964, about the largest guest labor program in U.S. history.
$8–12. 4848 Main St. 713-942-8000. hmh.org
Houston Museum of African American Culture
To maximize your day, end your tour at the Houston Museum of African American Culture, which is open until 6 p.m. View their newest exhibit, Africa On My Mind: The Art of Malick Sidibe and Leslie Wayne, which features black-and-white photographs by Sidibe from his native Mali, as well as oil paintings by Wayne.
Free. 4807 Caroline St. 713-526-1015. hmaac.org