The Museum Experience - Houstonís New Cultural Block Party
Join Houston’s newest cultural block party - The Museum Experience. The Museum District has traded in its annual open house to present four unique and intimate events throughout the year -- the Museum Experience.
The Museum Experience events will happen during normal museum hours giving visitors ample time to explore without feeling rushed to make it to the next program. Visitors can simply walk or bike from one museum to the next venue in that quadrant.
All four events won’t be entirely free however. Ticketed museums will be charging admission fees unless otherwise stated. Visitors should note that eleven of the museums are free every day and the other eight offer free times once a week or once a month. “Many visitors thought Museum District Day was the only day to enjoy the museums for free,” said Cañizares. “We want to promote the considerable resources the District offers year-round.”
The second Museum Experience event is scheduled Saturday, April 27 and will showcase Asia Society Texas Center, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Czech Center Museum Houston, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Lawndale Art Center and The Weather Museum.
There will be special activities at each of the museums in zone 2, free pedicab rides and a chance to win a VIP Museum District package. At the entrance of each museum there will be a table with a QR code for visitors to scan with their smartphone. There are eight unique QR codes for each of the participating museums. A visitor can only scan each code once, but the more museums they visit, their chances of winning increase. Note: Visitors will need to have the appropriate scan software downloaded on their phone. Prize package includes annual memberships or passes to 11 museums.
Noon-6pm The Houston Museum of African American Culture invites you to explore two new exhibits: The Houston Rap exhibit by Peter Beste explores the history of Houston’s rap scene and Daggering by Nicole Miller provides a cryptic and provocative look into two sides of the African Diaspora. Free admission.
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
Chronicles the African American military experience in America’s great wars, including the Revolutionary War, Spanish American War, WW I, WWII & others.
3816 Caroline St. • 713.942.8920 • buffalosoldiermuseum.com Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm, Sat: 10am – 4pm
Czech Center Museum Houston
Elegant baroque architecture offers historical artifacts, tours, art, concerts, lectures/classes, event venues, library, chapel & gift shop.
4920 San Jacinto St. • 713.528.2060 • czechcenter.org Hours: Mon – Sat: 10am – 4pm
Holocaust Museum Houston
The Holocaust Museum is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the six million Jews & other innocent victims & honoring the survivors’ legacy.
5401 Caroline St. • 713.942.8000 • hmh.org
Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm, Sat – Sun: noon – 5pm, Open first Thursday of the month until 8pm
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
See innovative exhibitions of contemporary craft, visit artist studios, relax in the garden, or shop for one-of-a-kind gifts in the Asher Gallery.
4848 Main St. • 713.529.4848 • crafthouston.org
Hours: Tues – Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun: noon – 5pm, Closed on Sundays July 4 – Labor Day
Houston Museum of African American Culture
The Houston Museum of African American Culture collects, conserves, explores, interprets & exhibits the material & intellectual culture of Africans & African Americans.
4807 Caroline St. • 713.526.1015 • hmaac.org
Hours: Tues – Fri: noon – 6pm, Thurs: noon – 8pm, Sat: noon – 6
Lawndale Art Center
Unique in its focus on local artists, Lawndale presents & promotes experimental, alternative contemporary art in all media.
4912 Main St. • 713.528.5858 • lawndaleartcenter.org Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm, Sat: noon – 5pm
The Weather Museum
Become “weatherwise” at America’s first weather museum by learning with meteorologists who demonstrate how weather makes science fun.
5104 Caroline St. • 713.529.3076 • weathermuseum.org Hours: Mon – Sat: 10am – 4pm