Houston and Galveston

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  • 1. The Menil Collection

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    This is one of the city's premier cultural treasures. Italian architect Renzo Piano designed the spacious building, with its airy galleries...Read More

  • 2. Astrodome

    Sports Venue

    The Astrodome , the world's first domed stadium, was hailed as an engineering marvel when it opened. Sadly, the dome's former tenants—the Astros...Read More

  • 3. Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    Frescoes from a 13th-century votive chapel have been preserved in this jewel in the Menil complex, located one block from the Rothko Chapel...Read More

  • 4. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in an aluminum-sheathed trapezoid, this non-collecting institution hosts traveling avant-garde art shows. Once recent exhibition was...Read More

  • 5. Hermann Park


    There's plenty to see and do on this 545-acre oak-shaded urban oasis. Kids love riding the miniature train (just $2.25 a pop) that winds through...Read More

  • 6. Holocaust Museum Houston

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    This memorial and education center to those who died and survived the "Final Solution" is housed in a stark, cylindrical edifice. Devastating...Read More

  • 7. Houston Children's Museum

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    Houston Children's Museum . Located in the Museum District, just a short stroll from Hermann Park, the Children's Museum of Houston offers fun...Read More

  • 8. Houston Museum of Natural Science

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    You've got to hand it to this Houston museum for expanding the definition of traditional science programming with recent blockbuster shows on...Read More

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  • 9. Houston Zoological Gardens

    Museum District | Garden/Arboretum

    This small but pleasant zoo is home to 4,500 animals, housed in carefully designed ecosystems along shaded trails. Be sure to visit the boardwalks...Read More

  • 10. Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden


    the displays 19th- and 20th-century sculptures by Rodin, Matisse, Giacometti, and Stella in an outdoor space designed by Isamu Noguchi. ...Read More

  • 11. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    Remarkable for the completeness of its enormous collection, the MFAH is housed in a complicated series of wings and galleries, many designed...Read More

  • 12. Rice University

    Museum District | Educational Institution

    Across the street from Hermann Park is top-ranked Rice University, where 3,000 undergraduates from all over the country (and the world) live...Read More

  • 13. Rothko Chapel

    Museum District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Adjacent to the lawns surrounding the Menil complex, this moody octagonal sanctuary designed by Philip Johnson houses 14 Mark Rothko paintings...Read More

  • 14. Texas Medical Center

    Museum District | Hospital–Sight

    The world's largest medical center is just a few blocks south of the Museum District. As you drive down Main Street, the soaring glass towers...Read More

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