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Free Houston Museums

Spend your day exploring Houston's museums, while saving big with a complete list of the city's always or sometimes free museums. Don't miss out on other exclusive savings with our experience packages.

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Menil Collection

The Menil Collection--a local treasure, global destination and one of the top free attractions in Houston--opened to the public in June 1987 to house the art collection of philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil. Widely considered one of the greatest of the twentieth century, the collection consists of more than 16,000 works dating from the Paleolithic era to the present day.

Rothko Chapel is a serene place to meditate in the middle of Houston's Museum District near The Menil Collection. Founded by John and Dominque de Menil (of Menil Collection fame), Rothko is a non-denominational chapel and exhibit space for modern art that draws thousands of visitors each year.

Dubbed the Garage Mahal, the Art Car Museum is unlike anything you've ever imagined. It's the only place you'll find the antennae and wing-cloaked Roachster or the Honda motorcycle that has been transformed into a shiny red rolling stiletto art car.

Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum focuses on showing new work from national and international artists. In addition to hosting exhibits, the CAMH also offers lectures, special programs and a stellar shop chock-full of unique books and gifts.

Open and free to the public, the Moody Center for the Arts is dedicated to trans-disciplinary collaboration in the arts, sciences and humanities, and establishes a new arts district on the campus as it stands close by the distinguished Shepherd School of Music and the permanent James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace.

See the work of local and national artists who focus on using materials like fiber, metal, glass, clay and wood at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Located next door to Lawndale Art Center, the HCCC has innovative exhibits and unique gifts in the Asher Gallery. Admission is always free.

Located in the Museum District, the Lawndale Art Center is a staple of Houston's art scene. Four galleries are contained in the art deco structure, which serves as a backdrop for annually changing exhibits and events like Dia de los Muertos and The Big Show. 

Set in a former auto shop, Midtown's Station Museum is a private organization dedicated to thought-provoking contemporary art displays. The museum does not feature a permanent collection, but does offer three-to-four changing shows each year. 

Set in Houston's Third Ward, Project Row Houses is a nonprofit art initiative aimed at creating a positive place for local artists to work. Some of the shotgun-style houses are dedicated to art and photography, while others are devoted to the literary and performing arts.

Blaffer Art Museum, the University of Houston's laboratory for the visual arts and contemporary culture, focuses on the art of the past 100 years and its artistic, cultural and intellectual antecedents. Following a facility expansion in 1999, the museum now presents and/or originates between six to eight exhibitions annually.

Houston Center for Photography is one of only a handful of non-profit spaces around the country that is committed to showing great new photography. HCP has shown work from some of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century, in addition to the work of many emerging photographers who have gone on to great artistic success. 

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is a nonprofit arts organization founded to advance education about the process, product and history of craft. HCCC’s major emphasis is on objects of art made primarily from craft materials: clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood or found/recycled materials.

DiverseWorks

Asia Society Texas Center

The Jung Center

Sometimes Free


Czech Cultural Center

Monday
Czech Center Museum Houston
: Last Monday of the month 12pm-4pm

Texas Wetlands - Houston Zoo

Tuesday
Houston Zoo: Free the first Tuesday of the month after 12pm (September through May only)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Thursday
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum: Free Thursday 1 - 5 pm 
Children's Museum of Houston: Free Thursday 5 - 8 pm 
The Health Museum: Free Thursday 2 - 7 pm 
The Holocaust Museum Houston: Free Thurday 2 - 5 pm 
Houston Museum of Natural Science: Free Thursday after 6-9 pm 
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Free Thursday 10 am - 9 pm
The Houston Museum of African American Culture: Free Thursday 6 - 8pm

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Museum Round-up
 

The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection opened to the public in June 1987 as the primary repository of John and Dominique de Menil’s private collection....

The Rothko Chapel

Note* Rothko Chapel is temporarily closed for renovations beginning March 4, 2019. The Rothko Chapel functions as chapel, a museum and...

Art Car Museum

The Art Car Museum is a private institution dedicated to contemporary art with an emphasis on art cars, other fine arts, and artists...

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international,...

Moody Center for The Arts

Designed by acclaimed Los Angeles-based architect Michael Maltzan to bring together the Rice community and the Houston public and...

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest...

Lawndale Art Center

Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and the audience for their art. Lawndale is dedicated to the presentation of...

Houston Museum of African American Culture

The Houston Museum of African American Culture is one of the city's newest museum institutions and is dedicated to telling the story of...

Station Museum

Set in a former auto shop, Midtown’s Station Museum is a private organization dedicated to thought-provoking contemporary art displays....

The Heritage Society

The Heritage Society is the city's only outdoor, interactive historic museum and park. Nestled in 10 acres of beautiful green parkland...

Project Row Houses

Project Row Houses is a highly acclaimed art and cultural community center consisting of 22 renovated shotgun-style homes. With the...

Blaffer Art Museum

Blaffer Art Museum, the University of Houston's laboratory for the visual arts and contemporary culture, provides a top-of-the line...

The Printing Museum

The Printing Museum exhibits the documents and tools that illustrate the relationship between a free press and a knowledgeable society....

Houston Center for Photography

Houston Center for Photography is one of only a handful of nonprofit spaces around the country committed to showcasing great new...

Czech Center Museum Houston

The Czech Cultural Center celebrates the culture of Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia and Silesia with events and exhibitions. The center...

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the...

Children's Museum of Houston

The Children’s Museum of Houston is all-new and now twice as big! Rated the No. 1 children's museum in the U.S. by Parents magazine,...

The Health Museum

The Health Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a multi-sensory and ever-evolving interactive experience featuring...

Holocaust Museum Houston

Charged with educating students and the public about the dangers of prejudice and hatred in society, The Holocaust Museum Houston is...

Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science, one of the most heavily attended museums in the U.S., features the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre,...

Houston Zoo

Serving as a 55-acre oasis in the heart of Houston, and neighbors with the world renown Texas Medical Center, the Houston Zoo is home...

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Established in 1900, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's collection numbers nearly 70,000 works and embraces the art of antiquity to the...