Houston Museum District
Houston has many excellent museums to offer. You can explore the full range of options here: http://www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org/default.asp?id=1
To help you narrow down your choices, we have listed some of our favorites below.
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Tickets for General Admission to MFA $7 adult/ $3.50 student
Thursday–Saturday 10 am–7:30 pm
(Museum opens at 9:30 am, closes at 9 pm)
Sunday 12:30 pm–5:30 pm
(Museum opens at 12:15 pm, closes at 7 pm)
Click here to read about the Houston MFA: http://www.mfah.org/
Featuring: King Tut
Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs takes you back 5,000 years in time and explores what it was like to live like a pharaoh through the “Golden Age,” when Egypt was at the height of power and artistry. The exhibition spans 2,000 years and some of the most notable leaders of ancient Egypt. More than 100 artifacts from the tombs and temples of King Tut, his ancestors and contemporaries bring this rich history to life. Click here to read more about the King Tut exhibit: http://www.kingtut.org/
Tickets for King Tut Exhibit: $25 weekday / $33 weekend (student: $23 weekday/ $29 weekend)
Houston Museum of Natural Science
General Admission $15 adults/ $10 students
Hours: Tuesday: 9 am – 8 pm; Friday-Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
Click here to read more: http://www.hmns.org/
Discovering the Civil War draws upon letters, diaries, photos, petitions, and patents from The National Archives. As part of the exhibit the Emancipation Proclamation will be at HMNS. Thursday, Feb. 16 – Tuesday, Feb. 21 ONLY 9 am – 9 pm. Adult tickets $25
Click here to read more about Discovering the Civil War: http://www.hmns.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=477&Itemid=498
Marvel at the extraordinary artworks of Harold Van Pelt in the exhibition Gemstone Carvings: The Masterworks of Harold Van Pelt.
For over 35 years, Harold Van Pelt has quietly been perfecting the art of carving quartz, rock crystal and agate gemstones. Hundreds of hours go into each multi-faceted, fluted, and textured vase, hollow container, sculpture and vessel, many of which are accented with gold and semi-precious stones. Working the stone down to paper-thin walls brings out the gorgeous natural quality and colors of the agate and gives quartz the transparency of glass. Transformed by one man’s vision and skill from a solid stone to an incredibly delicate work of art, the gemstone carvings of Harold Van Pelt have to be seen to be believed.
This exhibition is included in admission to the Museum’s permanent exhibition halls, and will be on display through Spring 2012.
Click here to read about Gemstone Carvings: http://www.hmns.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=481&Itemid=502
The Menil Collection
11:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday
The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Also within a short walking distance the Menil maintains:
Free and Open to the Public
Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon Street
The Rothko Chapel and Transformative Power of Art, A Series: This series will celebrate the artistic and spiritual import of the Rothko Chapel, bringing three speakers with close ties to Mark Rothko and the Chapel.
Click here to read more: http://www.rothkochapel.org/index.php