Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Museums
1001 Bissonnet, 713-639-7300
The harsh reality of today's museum scene is that many blockbuster exhibits require a steep entry fee. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the exhibits are always worth the price of a ticket. Our recent favorites include "Georges Braque: A Retrospective" and "John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors." Past exhibits include "James Turrell: The Light Inside," a multi-room installation of light that transformed the galleries from mere physical space into works of art. Other past favorites include "Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado" and "Picasso Black and White."
We love the museum's extensive programming (thank you MFAH film department!), high quality publications and frequent family friendly events.
2. The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Houston, 713-525-9400
We often tell visitors, "If you have time to visit only one museum in Houston, make it the Menil Collection." Not only are the art exhibits wonderful, the Menil Collection's campus is an award-winning architectural wonder, designed to fit in perfectly with the surrounding Montrose neighborhood and yet provide a huge amount of exhibition and performance space. Recent exhibits include "Lee Bontecou: Drawn Worlds" and "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938." We also like the frequent non-visual art programming such as the jazz concerts and indie book fair.
1. Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive, 713-639-4629
Our top three museums are pretty close to a three-way tie in terms of exhibits, programing and wow factor, so how did HMNS snag the top slot? The palatial new Hall of Ancient Egypt. A 10,000-square-foot addition to the museum complex houses hundreds of artifacts and a what curators call "a permanently changing exhibit" of objects related to the Pharaohs and Egyptian art, religion and, yep, mummies. Add that to the museum's Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, dinosaurs, African wildlife and gems exhibit, and you've got the top museum for 2014.
5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX
1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX
5216 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX
1502 Alabama St., Houston, TX