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BEST Things To Do In Houston

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  • Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals

    From a huge blue topaz crystal weighing more than 2,000 carats to a crystallized gold cluster that is one of the most highly coveted objects in the mineral kingdom, the spectacular specimens on display here are true masterpieces – the Rembrandts and Picassos of the natural world.

    Discover more than 450 beautifully crystallized mineral specimens, including some of the world’s most rare and beautiful examples. Examine these dazzling treasures in detail from all angles through walk-around display cases illuminated by fiber-optic lighting to provide optimum viewing.

    The nearby Smith Gem Vault showcases stunning, gem-quality seashells from the world-class Guido T. Poppe Collection of Philippine Mollusks.

  • Herzstein Foucault Pendulum

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Herzstein Foucault Pendulum

    First exhibited in 1851 at the World’s Fair in Paris, the Foucault Pendulum (named after Jean Bernard Leon Foucault, the French physicist who invented it) is a visual demonstration of the Earth’s rotation.

    Throughout the day, the direction of the pendulum’s swing appears to change. Actually the Earth is turning under the pendulum as it swings. At Houston’s latitude (30° N.) the pendulum will precess through 180° or halfway around each day. During this time, it will knock down all of the pins.

  • Cabinet of Curiosities

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Cabinet of Curiosities

    Museums exist to inspire people to wonder and to facilitate creative thought. Given our curious natures and our innate desire to collect, it is no wonder that the grand modern museum has its humble roots firmly planted in the privately-owned collections of extraordinary objects from the past. These collections, called cabinets of curiosity, first became popular in the Renaissance and reached their pinnacle of popularity in the Victorian Era.

  • Strake Hall of Malacology

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Strake Hall of Malacology

    Malacology is the study of mollusks – invertebrate creatures with soft, unsegmented bodies, many of which house themselves in shells. This fascinating and highly diverse group of animals includes more than 100,000 species, ranging in size from snails so small that we can barely see them to giant squids more than 60 feet long.

    The Strake Hall of Malacology highlights these creatures through models, fossils, dioramas, living specimens, and hundreds of rare and spectacular shells.

  • Lester & Sue Smith Gem Vault

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Lester & Sue Smith Gem Vault

    The Lester and Sue Smith Gem Vault, the permanent exhibit hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, completes the story begun by the now world-renowned Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals.

    In selecting many of the objects for inclusion in the Gem Vault, the Museum’s curators used their extensive connections in the mineralogical world to acquire mineral “cutting rough” of precious gemstones freshly extracted from mines around the world. The Museum could thus have these very best natural stones cut to its exact specifications into faceted gems of exact specifications, then crafted into original works under the skilled hands of jewelry designers, including Ernesto Moreira.

  • DeBakey Cell Lab

    The Health Museum
    1515 Hermann Dr
    Houston, TX 77004
    DeBakey Cell Lab

    You don’t need to be a scientist to enter, but you’ll feel like one when you leave!

    Gear up with a lab coat, gloves and goggles and travel through experiment stations in both English and Spanish. This hands-on exhibit is $3 for current members, and an additional $5 per person for non-members with the purchase of general admission to The Health Museum.  Travel through seven lab stations that get you up close and personal with cellular biology.  Your Cell Lab admission ticket permits access to up to 3 of the 7 lab stations per visit. Due to the complexity of the experiments, all guests, ages 13 and under, must be accompanied by an adult. It is required that all guests  must be ages 7 and above in order to participate in The DeBakey Cell Lab.

    The DeBakey Cell Lab is a distinct, new kind of museum experience. Honorably named after the respected and accomplished medical pioneer, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, this bilingual exhibit is designed to introduce biology-based science to the public and inspire future scientists and science-lab leaders in the medical field.

  • Newton Know-How

    1500 Binz Street
    Houston, TX 77004
    Newton Know-How

    Step into a world alive with action as you delve into force, friction, momentum, gravity and speed in the Newton Know-How! exhibit.  Whether  a rocket scientist or a dancer, we are all governed by the laws of motion. Come explore Isaac Newton's three laws of motion by testing methods to get golf ball trains through a Golf Ball Coaster, accelerating balls using gravity, building a domino pattern and watching dominoes fall in a chain reaction, generating kinetic energy as you launch balls into cups or defying gravity using angular momentum.

  • Apollo Art: 50 Year Retrospective

    1601 E NASA Pkwy
    Houston, TX 77058
    Apollo Art: 50 Year Retrospective

    The exhibit includes drawings, glass works, and paintings from the collections of NASA and contributions from other current artists. These more than 30 works—ranging from the illustrative to the abstract—present a different view of the Apollo program that photos and films can’t capture.

    The exhibit will also feature Apollo-era artifacts not normally on public display.

  • William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects

    1001 Bissonnet
    Houston, TX 77005
    William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects

    This summer, the MFAH invites visitors to engage with the fundamental ideas of dance, weight, and movement in time. The immersive exhibition William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects blurs the lines between performance, sculpture, and installation.

    American dancer and choreographer William Forsythe is known for his groundbreaking combination of choreography, staging, lighting, and dance analysis. The artist (born 1949) has changed the landscape of contemporary dance with his focus on how the human body moves through space.

  • Cyberchase

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Cyberchase

    It is the classic tale of good vs. evil as the dastardly Hacker attempts to overtake Cyberspace. Yet, he’s continuously outsmarted by three curious kids and one cyberbird pal who are determined to stop him. Join forces with the CyberSquad: Matt, Inez, Jackie and Digit, in their quest to save Cyberspace as they zoom into Cyberchase – The Chase Is On!, an out-of-this-world, math adventure!

  • Biophilia: A Dialogue of Nature, Art and Science

    5555 Hermann Park Drive
    Houston, TX 77030
    Biophilia: A Dialogue of Nature, Art and Science

    HRISTOPHER MARLEY | BIOPHILIA: A Dialogue with Art, Nature and Science is an extensive art and multimedia sensory experience that unravels human’s intimate relationship with the natural world. The special exhibition opens at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on February 8, 2019.

  • Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw, Part II

    1533 Sul Ross St
    Houston, TX 77006
    Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw, Part II

    For over thirty years drawing has been fundamental to the practice of contemporary American artist Roni Horn (b. 1955), whose work revolves around the mutability of identity and the fragility of place, time, and language. Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw presents a selected survey of the artist’s drawings from the early 1980s to her most recent work on paper. The presentation explores her unique technical approach of mark-marking with dense hues of pure pigment and her dynamic process of cutting and reassembling images and language. It will include a selection of large-scale and compositionally-complex works on paper, her series of saturated cadmium red drawings and an extensive group of cut photography, text and maps. This two-part exhibition will be the first museum exhibition devoted to Horn’s drawings in the United States.

    The second part of the exhibition, on view June 7–September 1, 2019, brings together a series of drawings that exemplify Horn’s innovative technique of cutting as a way of drawing. Bridging her interest in the precariousness of language with dismantling the image through cutting, Th Rose Prblm (2015-2016) and The Dog’s Chorus (2016) are intricately assembled accumulations of sliced and fragmented words. Combining well-known literary texts by Gertrude Stein and William Shakespeare with colloquial expressions, the works shape novel formulations and collaborations. Like all of Horn’s drawings, they do not record or represent what the artist sees in the world. Rather, the drawn marks create new spaces that, according to the artist, “take you through the world.”

  • Collection Close-Up: The Graphic Work of Dorothea Tanning

    1533 Sul Ross St
    Houston, TX 77006
    Collection Close-Up: The Graphic Work of Dorothea Tanning

    American artist and author Dorothea Tanning (1910–2012) created more than 100 graphic works between 1950 and 2001. Thanks to a recent generous gift to the Menil Collection from Barbara and Jim Metcalf, the Menil now owns the complete set, many of which will be displayed for the first time in The Graphic Work of Dorothea Tanning.

    These prints and illustrated books feature images that range from representation to near total abstraction, demonstrating the breadth of Tanning’s formal innovation. Experimenting with lithography, etching, and aquatint, Tanning produced a variety of surface textures, some crystalline, others cloud-like. She often introducing reoccurring motifs into her dreamlike spaces. Her ambiguously erotic embracing figures are the most recognizable. Tanning’s highly personal work addresses universal human emotions and experiences of ecstasy, elation, anxiety, and obsession.

    Complementing these works on paper, Tanning’s sculpture Cousins (1970), one of the highlights of the Menil’s Surrealist collection, will also be included in the exhibition.

  • KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature

    Immaturity is NOT a four-letter word – literally and metaphorically. In fact, the Children’s Museum of Houston is out to prove that immaturity and genius go hand in hand with KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature on February 2, 2019. Based on KLUTZ® Encyclopedia of Immaturity Vol. 1 and 2, the KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature exhibit will offer you the opportunity to embrace your inner zany genius, while exploring what these behaviors can teach you about science, engineering, math, and literacy. Produced by the Children’s Museum of Houston in partnership with KLUTZ®, KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature returns to Houston for the first time in four years!

  • FlowWorks

    1500 Binz St,
    Houston, TX 77004
    FlowWorks

    Dive into the forces and properties of water through waves, vortices and rapids, exploring the fascinating concept of hydropower!

    FlowWorks is an interactive exhibit, which requires kids to “dip” their hands into it to make it work!

    An 18 feet tall Cauldron stands in the middle of it all! The more you play, the more it gets filled up with water. Once it’s full, water comes crashing down, making an unstoppable wave of fun and allowing other exhibit components to break their course!

  • Matter Factory

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Matter Factory

    Step into a whimsical factory and stare straight into the future! The Children's Museum of Houston's Matter Factory offers a glimpse into the concepts of materials science, including properties of matter and potential uses for different substances and smart materials.

    With 1,350 square feet of exhibit space, explore how matter matters in our daily lives. Experiment with different properties of matter, test and sort materials based on their properties, and examine unique properties of emerging materials recently developed by scientists.

  • The Doyle and Debbie Show

    3201 Allen Pkwy
    Houston, TX 77019
    The Doyle and Debbie Show

    After failed marriages and tabloid scandals Doyle Mayfield recruits a new singing partner – also his third Debbie – in an attempt to regain his former stardom. But when Debbie’s star starts to rise, the comeback becomes a setback for this has-been legend. Featuring original songs – “When You’re Screwin’ Other Women (Think of Me),” “Barefoot and Pregnant,” and “ABCs of Love”, this brilliant parody is a hysterical tribute to country music and its beloved iconic duos.

  • Sister’s Back to School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales

    3201 Allen Pkwy
    Houston, TX 77019
    Sister’s Back to School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales

    In this newest class, Sister puts the backbone in back to school with a host of lessons about starting anew as well as celebrating the Church’s approved tales of ghosts and goblins and a Catholic-appropriate Halloween costume contest! Don’t forget to raise your hand and start the school year with Sister’s Back To School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales.

  • Invention Convention

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Invention Convention

    Step into a workshop of gadgets and gizmos where kids create, concoct and construct contraptions and use their imagination to become inventors!
    Dream-up and design in a workshop filled with half-finished contraptions, bins of spare parts, project tables, schematics and various instruments from floor to ceiling.

    Experiment with LEGO® bricks, propellers, magnets, batteries, switches and buzzers through facilitated, hands-on experiments and mini-workshops.