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BEST Things To Do In Houston

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  • Dinosaurs

    Houston Zoo
    6200 Hermann Park Drive
    Houston, TX 77030
    Dinosaurs

    Travel back in time and come face to face with a lifelike Tyrannosaurs Rex, Stegosaurus, Utahraptor, and more!

  • Morian Hall of Paleontology

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Morian Hall of Paleontology

    The Morian Hall of Paleontology is packed with prehistoric beasts, and does not have the same stagnant displays of ancient skeletons standing in a row that many visitors are accustomed to seeing. Rather, the predators and prey in the new paleontology hall are in action – chasing, eating and escaping as they struggle for life. Embark on a “prehistoric safari” that also includes the grand saga of human evolution – from tree-climbing australopithecines to courageous mammoth-hunters.

  • 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.

  • Dinosaurs

    Houston Zoo
    6200 Hermann Park Drive
    Houston, TX 77030
    Dinosaurs

    Travel back in time and come face to face with a lifelike Tyrannosaurs Rex, Stegosaurus, Utahraptor, and more!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers

    Holocaust Museum Houston
    9220 Kirby Dr #100
    Houston, TX 77054
    Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers

    The Gallery is personalized with testimony of Holocaust Survivors who later settled in the Houston area. These incredible individuals lived through a genocidal war that inflicted mass death on unprecedented numbers of innocent civilians. The Gallery features artifacts donated by the Holocaust Survivors, their descendants, liberators, and other collectors.

    The exhibit also educates visitors about Jewish and non-Jewish resistance efforts, including the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, prisoner revolts, sabotage, the partisan movement, displaced persons camps and life after the Holocaust.

    This Gallery is expanded and enhanced by bringing two of the Museum’s most important artifacts, the World War II era railcar and the 1940's Danish rescue boat, into the Museum facility. Featuring only state-of-the-art exhibits and technological advances, Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers includes the one-of-a-kind Edith and Josef Mincberg Destroyed Communities interactive exhibit and Dimensions in Testimony virtual conversations with Survivors.

  • 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.

  • William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    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.

  • EcoStation

    Children's Museum of Houston
    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    EcoStation

    EcoStation is an active, outdoor/indoor environmental exhibit where visitors engage in ecological studies and explore environmental issues by visiting a native plant garden, woodland area, pond and a research pavilion. Through these and several other areas, visitors can participate in diverse hands-on activities, such as stream bed creation, insect collecting, leaf rubbings, footprint identification and more!

    Visitors may also participate in weekly programming that includes activities such as nature journals, water quality testing, decomposition observations, soil type explorations, home environmental awareness inventory logs, bird feeders and many more activities that can be used in the exhibit areas or even taken home for further backyard experiences!

  • Contemporary Focus: Mineko Grimmer

    The Menil Collection
    1533 Sul Ross St
    Houston, TX 77006
    Contemporary Focus: Mineko Grimmer

    Since the 1980s, the Japanese American artist Mineko Grimmer (b. 1949) has focused on issues of space, time, movement, and sound, creating what she refers to as “sound-producing kinetic sculptures.” She unites avant-garde approaches to acoustics in the tradition of John Cage and the conceptual principles of American Minimalism, seamlessly merging her training in Eastern and Western art practices to produce deeply meditative and sensorial works.

    Remembering Plato is a room-sized installation. Pyramid-shaped blocks of ice embedded with small pebbles are suspended above two water-filled basins. As the ice melts, the pebbles fall, striking the brass rods and piano wires extended over each basin, thus producing a randomized musical performance. The resulting ripples in the water are reflected on the dark gallery walls. The pebbles are strategically positioned within the ice to create a crescendo, rendering audible the speed of a typically silent natural process.

    The title of the work refers to the Allegory of the Cave from Plato’s Republic, in which the philosopher Socrates posits that shadows cast on the wall of a cave are dim perceptions of reality.

  • Tot*Spot

    Children's Museum of Houston
    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Tot*Spot

    Mirrors are used in several of the defined spaces to add to the child’s learning whether they are on their tummies gazing at themselves in the mirror in a padded area as they play or dancing with scarves in the amphitheater.

    The Ball and Pillow Pit is a spot for children and their parents to explore the realm of physical knowledge by rolling, kicking and tossing a variety of balls.

    Walking up carefully sized steps and over rippling bumps keeps many a toddler spell-bound on the Meandering Path. Parents walk along side playing peek-a-boo or conversing with their child as he travels the well-worn path learning to maneuver around other tots.

    With knobs, switches and door bells to push and turn throughout the exhibit, tots have the opportunity to experience cause and effect their actions.

  • Archaeology Now Presents: On the Trail

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Drive
    Houston, TX 77030
    Archaeology Now Presents: On the Trail

    Calling all little cowboys and cowgirls! Join Archaeology Now, the Archaeological Institute of America – Houston Society, SABIC and the Houston Museum of Natural Science for “On the Trail” just in time for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Discover the story behind the rodeo by exploring horse cultures around the world. Learn how a beloved American tradition has roots in Bedouin and Native American cultures. Things to do for children and their families include:

    • Mock excavations

    • Blacksmithing demonstrations

    • Science activities

    • Crafts

    • Horse demonstrations

    • Tours of a Bedouin tent, Tipi and Covered wagon

  • The Gumbo Jam

    Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge
    3714 Main St.
    Houston, TX 77014
    The Gumbo Jam

    The Gumbo NYC is a Louisiana inspired jam session with a serious infuses on horns. Hosted by Matthew Hartnett this session is home of all things funky and groovy. Singers, rappers, poets, musicians and of course horn players from all over come party in the loose laid back vibe of #TeamHornSection and The Gumbo Band. If you like to dance and hear great music, this is the place.

    Come be apart of this social and musical Gumbo we call The Gumbo Jam.

  • WEST SIDE STORY

    A.D. Players at The George Theater
    5420 Westheimer Rd
    Houston, TX 77056
    WEST SIDE STORY

    There is no more a recognizable love tragedy than Romeo and Juliet. West Side Story takes that tale and sets it in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the mid 1950’s. In the middle of two rival gangs, from different sides of the tracks, we find Tony and Maria falling in love. A.D. Players brings one of the greatest musicals of all time to the glorious George Theater, featuring the original Bernstein score and Jerome Robbin's iconic choreography.

  • Invention Convention

    Children's Museum of Houston
    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.

  • Pride and Joy - The Marvin Gaye Musical

    BROWN THEATER
    Wortham Center, 500 Texas Ave,
    Houston, TX 77002
    Pride and Joy - The Marvin Gaye Musical

    Experience the rollercoaster story of Motown legend Marvin Gaye's life and love with Anna Gordy Gaye, the lady boss record executive, businesswoman, composer and songwriter who stole his heart. Brought together by music, their tale is now immortalized and told through by classic Gaye songs like 'Heard It Through The Grapevine', 'What's Going On', 'Inner City Blues' and 'Let's Get It On' in a brand new touring production of 'Pride & Joy - The Marvin Gaye Musical'. 

    Set against the backdrop of the rise of Motown records, the musical is narrated by the couple themselves as they take audiences on a journey through their courtship. The sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, Anna rose through the ranks to form her own label. An artist signed to her brother's legendary record company, Marvin fell deeply in love with the then 37-year old Anna and because of their 17 year age gap their love was forbidden. Despite protests from friends and family, they married in 1963 and their marriage, however tumultuous, proved the inspiration for many a song.

  • PowerPlay

    Children's Museum of Houston
    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    PowerPlay

    Discover how your body reacts to a variety of physical challenges in PowerPlay! 
    This monumental, three-story installation lets you leap up and down different levels as you discover new ways to get active! Take it to the next level tracking your heart rate and strength, rating your experience, and comparing your performance like a real fitness athlete!

     

  • Sonic Playground

    Discovery Green
    1500 McKinney St
    Houston, TX 77010
    Sonic Playground

    Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki aims to surprise and delight visitors to Discovery Green’s temporary playground on the Sarofim Picnic Lawn. Consisting of several objects that twist, modify, and transmit sound in unusual and playful ways, Sonic Playground allows for serendipitous audible experiences with other visitors to create a sense of community and play.

    Sonic Playground was created by Yuri Suzuki (Japanese, born 1980), a sound artist, designer, and electronic musician whose work blurs the borders between design, technology, and sound. He established Yuri Suzuki Design Studio, based in London, in 2013. Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.