Museums Walk in Houston, Houston (Self Guided)

The fourth largest city in the USA, Houston offers a large number of museums devoted to a variety of scientific, historical, and cultural subjects. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most famous museums in Houston.
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Museums Walk in Houston Map

Guide Name: Museums Walk in Houston
Guide Location: USA » Houston (See other walking tours in Houston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: doris
The Jung Center of Houston

1) The Jung Center of Houston

The Jung Center of Houston is dedicated to the life and work of Carl Jung, who was a very famous psychologist. It is located in the Museum District of Houston, on Montrose Blvd. In many ways, this is one of the more eclectic places in the area, as it focuses on a type of psychology that is very different than the standard Freudian model or the Object Relations style of therapy. Anyone interested in psychology or psychiatry will get a kick out of this place.

More than a hundred classes a year are taught here, on various subjects related to psychology, philosophy, and the humanities. So, the Center does more than promote the work of Jung. There is a library here, though, that contains the largest collection of works on Jung in the southwest. The bookstore also sells class material and lectures on CD. The library and bookstore typically just open at noon.

Opening hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 7.30 pm , Friday 9 am - 4 pm, Saturday 10 am - 4 pm.
Houston Museum of Natural Science

2) Houston Museum of Natural Science (must see)

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the busiest sciences museums in the US. The attendance totals over two million visitors each year, putting it up there with places like the New York Museum of Science and Natural History, or the Smithsonian. It is located in the Museum District of town, very near Hermann Park.

The complex has four floors of permanent exhibits. In addition, there are some multiple specialty locations to visit. One of the most popular is the Wortham IMAX theater, where science gets brought to life in a very special way. You may also want to visit the Butterfly Center, George Observatory, or the Baker Planetarium. This is a whole day kind of place to visit.

There are also many temporary exhibits that come in and out of the Center, most of which are world-class in nature.

Why You Should Visit:
To explore the far reaches of outer space, roam with the dinosaurs, wander through Africa's Serengeti, and marvel at the world's rarest and most beautiful gems & minerals.
The layout is superb and the curators have an incredible eye for the unique. Very educational and plenty of interactive things to play with (on the bottom floor).

Prices are reasonable – if you want a real treat, however, try visiting on Thursday afternoons. From 2–5pm during the school year and 3–6pm during the summer, the location is free of charge.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Health Museum of Houston

3) Health Museum of Houston (must see)

The Museum of Health and Medical Science, or The Health Museum in short, is named in honor of John P. McGovern. It is perhaps the most interactive structure of its kind to be found anywhere in town. You will find the location in the Museum District of town.

The Mission of the Texas Medical Center, to which the museum is affiliated, is to promote education on healthy living, in all aspects. So, you will see displays about living well physically, mentally and spiritually. The location gets almost 200,000 visitors a year. A fourth of this population comes in from local schools for educational opportunities. Based on these kinds of numbers, it is the single busiest health museum in the U.S.

One of the neatest things about the museum is that is has a 4D Theater inside. You can also spend a lot of time enjoying the sensory garden, the Challenge Gallery, and the Amazing Body Pavilion. Additionally, there are many rotating exhibits that come here from institutions across the U.S.

Why You Should Visit:
Really wonderful museum with lots of state of the art exhibits that are easy to follow, interactive, engaging, and educational.
The staff is extremely informative and willingly responds to questions, and the gift shop has numerous unique items!

You may want to inquire about when field trips are not scheduled or a time of day when they are not overly present.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat: 9am-5pm; Thu: 9am-7pm; Sun: 12-5pm
Each Thursday an event called Free Family Thursdays waives the admission charge from 2pm until 5pm
Children's Museum of Houston

4) Children's Museum of Houston (must see)

The Children’s Museum is located in the Museum District and is a very popular site among visitors to town. With 750,000 visitors a year, it is the largest museum and best-attended facility of its kind in the US. It has 14 galleries of exhibits, all of which are designed to be hands-on for kids up to twelve years of age. The subjects covered are science, technology, history, the arts, and even geography. There is a little something here for everybody.

The location was founded in 1884. In 2007, a new wing was added, as well as technology that makes it possible for displays to be presented bilingually. There is now also private classroom space and laboratories for nonprofit organizations and schools to use. The people of Houston pulled together and donated over $35 million to make it happen. There is also a great gift shop here, as well as educational toys and snacks for sale.

Go on a weekday if you can. Weekends are a little nuts and it's hard to get around through all of the activities because of all the people. Avoid the school groups in the morning, too.
Although you can buy food, it would be good to bring some since you might end up spending a long time here.
Also, during a hot day, bring extra clothes for your kids as the museum has a water playground.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10am-6pm; Thu: 10am-8pm; Sun: 12-6pm
Free admission (both kids & adults) every Thursday evenings from 5-8pm
Holocaust Museum Houston

5) Holocaust Museum Houston (must see)

The Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) is located in the Museum District of Houston. It is certainly one of the more interesting places to visit, as one might not expect to find a world class museum of this kind in Houston. It is the 4th largest museum about the Holocaust in the United States. People visit here from all over the world. The museum was opened in 1996, so it is a relatively new addition to the area. The mission of the location is to remind the general public about the dangers of political thinking that can lead to such tragic ends. In addition, the museum is very dedicated to providing educational programming to students and the general public.

There are permanent as well as temporary exhibitions at the HMH. An important part of the permanent exhibition, called "Bearing Witness: A community remembers," is the testimony of Houston-area survivors. In addition to the permanent exhibition, there is the Education Center, the Morgan Family Center, the Lack Family Memorial Room and the Eric Alexander Garden of Hope. The Education Center houses the museum’s library. The Morgan Family Center includes the administrative offices, two other exhibit galleries for changing exhibitions, the HMH classrooms, and the theater. The Lack Family Memorial Room is a quiet place for relaxation and meditation and the Eric Alexander Garden of Hope is dedicated to the one and a half million children who were killed in the Holocaust.

You can get a free guided tour on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.
Other options include free audio tours you can use through your cellphone (available in English, Spanish and French).
The permanent exhibit can be very graphic and is not recommended for children under 10.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 12-5pm
Free admission on Sundays
Sight description based on wikipedia
John C. Freeman Weather Museum

6) John C. Freeman Weather Museum

It is fitting that the John C. Freeman Weather Museum is located in tornado alley. This fun museum has a tornado chamber where visitors can actually put their hands in a tornado and watch while a tornado forms. There is also an educational component that discusses the enhanced Fujita (EF) scale, as well as tornado safety tips.

Hurricanes and typhoons are also highlighted, as well as the storm surge that can occur with these devastating weather events. Another interesting exhibit shows the changes in forecasting the weather over the decades. Everyone will love the 3-D weather sphere that shows tracks of various storms in the past, tectonic plates and satellite tracking capabilities.

Kids of all ages will love the weather experiments that are performed by museum staff. Another huge hit is the weather forecasting center that features a broadcast studio so budding weather persons can try out their broadcasting skills.

The museum is located at 5104 Caroline Street. The hours are 10 am to 4 p.m., from Monday through Saturday. The Museum is closed on Sundays. Thursdays are free from 12pm to 4pm although there are no guided tours available during this time. Admission at other times is $5 for adults, $3 for children over 3 and seniors. Kids under 3 are free. Weather camps are available for kids, so be sure and check with the museum if this is something that is of interest.
Czech Center Museum

7) Czech Center Museum

The Czech Center Museum was founded in 1996 with the purpose of furthering understanding of the peoples of Silesia, Moravia, Bohemia and Slovakia. An absolutely must see collection of rare glass is a permanent collection at the museum. The glass and pottery were made in Czechoslovakia between World War I and World War II. The facilities that made these pieces were destroyed or turned into plants to aid the war effort. There are over 1,000 pieces on exhibition.

Another beautiful feature of the museum is the Wenceslas chapel that can be used to hold weddings or vow renewals. The stained glass in the chapel is gorgeous, and there are also reception facilities available. There is a gift shop that has unique gifts, and a library that features contemporary periodicals, as well as collectible volumes.

In true museum fashion, there are also learning opportunities available. Language courses are available and lectures on Slavic history are given. There are also special events at the museum so be sure and check the calendar of events. Hours of operation are 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday. The museum is closed on Sundays. The Museum is located at 4920 San Jacinto.
Center for Contemporary Craft

8) Center for Contemporary Craft

The Center for Contemporary Craft is located in the heart of the Museum District of Houston, at 4848 Main Street. As an organization, it is one of the only museums in the country that is so narrowly focused on the mission of the processes, history, and making of crafts. As such, it is also a very popular destination for visitors, as you can see everything from bead making to quilting here.

There are a lot of exhibits to see on every type of craft imaginable. The location is also used a lot for various shows. Studio space is available in the location, so that artists from all across the country can come and demonstrate their craft first hand. It’s a real opportunity to get hands on with the artists. You can even create some of your own gifts here. Educational programs for schools throughout the area are also done here.

The Center is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, it is open from noon until 5:00 pm. The Center is closed on Mondays.
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

9) Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum tells the story of the first six Army units to be constituted entirely of African Americans. The United States Army formed these units in 1866. They received their nickname, interestingly, from the Cheyenne Indians that they fought. The wiry hair of the African American soldiers, as well as their fierce fighting ability in battle, lead to the comparison of the men to the plains buffalo. Over time, the term “buffalo soldier” became a common term for any African American soldier. The exhibits on the inside will choreograph the history of African Americans in war from the Revolutionary War up to the present day. So, you will get a chance to see more than just the history of the first units of black soldiers in the U.S. Army.

The museum is open to the general public Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. It is also open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The location is closed on Sundays. Admission is $5.00, so this place is a real value.

Walking Tours in Houston, Texas

Create Your Own Walk in Houston

Create Your Own Walk in Houston

Creating your own self-guided walk in Houston is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Houston Architecture Walk

Houston Architecture Walk

Houston's Downtown is the city's busiest and most highly developed neighborhood. Mostly famous for its beautiful skyscraper district, Downtown has quite a few surprises awaiting visitors. Take a stroll down the crowded streets and you will see historic buildings and modern structures side-by-side. Walk and enjoy Downtown's architecture at its best.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Cultural Walk in Houston

Cultural Walk in Houston

Whether you are keen on art or just eager to see one more piece of Houston, this cultural tour will reward your interest. Houston has an extensive Theater District, located downtown, not to mention numerous galleries and other artistic venues. Take this walk and enjoy Houston's most famous cultural institutions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Downtown Nightlife Tour

Downtown Nightlife Tour

Houston is a vibrant modern American city and, as such, it offers a wide variety of opportunities for a night on the town. The city offers more than twenty bars and clubs, catering to the many different lifestyles and subcultures. Take this walking tour to experience the divers nightlife of Houston.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
Religious Walking Tour of Houston

Religious Walking Tour of Houston

Houston, founded in 1837, has grown into one of the biggest cities in the USA. This city features a large number of churches that are of great historical and/or architectural interest to visitors. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most acclaimed religious buildings in Houston.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Art Walking Tour in Houston

Art Walking Tour in Houston

Among the wide variety of tourist attractions Houston has to offer, several art museums and galleries deserve special attention. These galleries will thrill all art lovers. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most spectacular museums and galleries in Houston.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Downtown Orientation Walk

Downtown Orientation Walk

While Houston, Texas is a massive metropolis, its Downtown is relatively compact yet bustling business, culture and entertainment hub, with a vibrant theater scene. Alongside several theaters, Downtown Houston hosts a number of museums, parks and historic buildings, alongside many other attractions. To explore some of them, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Houston for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Houston has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Houston, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.