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Houston Receives 7 Arts & Culture Noms in USA Today's Readers' Choice Polls

You still have time to vote for the Bayou City.

By Adrianne Reece April 20, 2021

Art District Houston's Art Alley

And we thought Houston-mania was present at this year’s Grammy Awards. The Bayou City’s gotten a lot of love in the 2021 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, which highlights unique and invigorating tourist attractions across both the U.S. and the world, with nominations in seven different categories. That’s right ya’ll, seven, so we better represent.

There're two different deadlines for voting (don'y worry, we've noted the dates below), and according to the rules, you can vote once per day, so you still have plenty of  time to show off your H-Town pride. After that, winners will be revealed on May 7 and May 21, depending on when voting ends. 

Here’re the categories that the Bayou City is nominated in:

Best Artsy Neighborhood: Arts District Houston

Situated along the Washington Avenue Corridor, this enriching and historic nook inside the city’s First and Sixth wards, two of Houston’s oldest neighborhoods, is home to more than 400 studio spaces, as well as several theater companies and galleries (Oh, did we mention the underground and always artful Bayou Park Cistern?). From public art to meaningful murals and unconventional performances, you’ve probably stumbled upon the district’s flourishing presence over a lunch break, during an afternoon outing, or, thanks to social media, on your Instagram feeds.

Voting ends 11 a.m. CT April 26. Click here to cast your ballot. 

Best Children’s Museum: Children’s Museum of Houston

There’s simply no better stop for kid-centric learning than CMH. Serving more than a million children and families each year, this world-class museum invites children to learn about everything from South Korean culture to solar and water power, literally climb to new heights (CMH’s PowerPlay tower is three-stories tall), create their own gadgets in the Invention Convention workshop, and oh so much more.   

Voting ends 11 a.m. CT May 10. Click here to cast your ballot. 

Seismique's Flare

Best Immersive Art Experience: Seismique Houston

With Covid-19 forcibly mapping a new, unsettling world for us, Seismique’s trippy universe came right in time for a perfect escape. The 40,000-square-foot immersive creation of more than 40 mind-bending exhibits, which opened in December, sports a breathtaking color palette alongside its technology-fueled installations—a collaboration between 50 artists, including several Houston creatives. With this intergalactic paradise already earning so much praise, adding Best Immersive Art Experience to its unique tab seems fitting. 

Voting ends 11 a.m. CT April 26. Click here to cast your ballot. 

Best Science Museum: Houston Museum of Natural Science

One of the most popular science museums in the entire country, HMNS is a veritable cathedral of wonders. Need more proof? Just peak inside its wacky and wild Cabinet of Curiosities. With 17 permanent exhibits, including the always-popular Ancient Egypt and Paleontology halls, a host of touring shows, and a newly renovated observatory out in Bayou Bend State Park, there’s always something at HMNS that’s sure to ignite your scientific spirit.

Voting ends 11 a.m. CT May 10 . Click here to cast your ballot. 

Best Street Art: Houston 

When you’re home to muralists like Gonzo247, Donkeeboy, and Daniel Anguilu, how can you not be a street art capital of the U.S.? There’s a whole world of creativity canvassed across the city’s various walls, from the iconic Houston Is Inspired and Welcome to Houston pieces to Sawyer Yards’ Art Alley and Graffiti Park in Eado. Take a walk around any of the city’s fantastic neighborhoods, and we’re sure you’ll find the perfect backdrop for your next Insta.

Voting ends ends 11 a.m. CT April 26. Click here to cast your ballot. 

Best Art Museum + Best New Museum: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

It says a lot that the MFAH got not one, but two nods in this year’s list. One of the largest museums in the country, this monolith of culture, with its jaw-dropping 70,000 works across 300,000 square feet of gallery space, has long represented Houston’s essential place as a force in the arts world. With groundbreaking galleries and exhibitions, including its brand-new Nancy and Rich Kinder Building (which received a Best New Museum nod in the poll), the MFAH continues to welcome art lovers with new treasures more than a century after its creation.

Voting for Best Art Museum ends 11 a.m. CT April 26, while voting for Best New Museum closes 11 a.m. CT May 10.