Houston is well-known for its Museum District -- home to 19 cultural institutions within walking distance. However, these are just a few of the many diverse museums the city has to offer. Here are seven museums in Houston you may not know about.
National Museum of Funeral History
A museum that pays homage to everyone’s eventual fate – that’s the idea behind the National Museum of Funeral History. Located north of downtown, just past Beltway 8, this museum offers exhibits on coffins, hearses, the death of U.S. presidents and much. You can order your tickets online or at the museum: Adults - $10, Seniors (55+) - $9, Children (6-11) - $7, 5 and under – free. The museum is open daily.
1940 Air Terminal Museum
Close to Hobby Airport is a museum that showcases the history of flight in both Houston and around the world. The 1940 Air Terminal Museum gives you a glimpse of the past by showcasing achievements and milestones, wardrobes and the changes that make air travel what it is today. The museum is open daily and admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.
Rosenberg Railroad Museum
Head southwest of Houston and you’ll find the town of Rosenberg and the railroad museum that will get you up close and personal with these historic machines that changed transportation forever. The museum is open from Wednesday through Saturday and admission is $7.50 for adults, $6 for seniors, military and first responders, $5 for ages 2-4 and free for anyone under two.
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum
Located in Galveston, the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum focuses on expanding your knowledge of the energy sources beneath the world’s oceans. Learn about the heritage and technological advances made in the industry with many real-life items. Ocean Star is open daily and tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for seniors over 55, $5 for ages 7-18 and children six and under enter for free.
Station Museum of Contemporary Art
Tucked between Midtown and the Museum District, Station Museum of Contemporary art is a hidden gem that showcases contemporary art from local, national and international artists that reflect the cultural diversity of Houston. Experience art that questions society’s morality and ethics. Station is a free museum and is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Houston Maritime Museum
Just east of downtown, sail your way to one of Houston's newest museums. Highlights of the museum tell Houston's story from 1836 to present day, and how the city's relationship to the Gulf of Mexico runs deep. Visit the Houston Maritime Museum Wednesday - Sunday.