Houston. Sugarland. Space City. These are some of the names of one of the nation’s largest cities as a major concentration of Fortune 500 headquarters, a hub of waterborne commerce and healthcare research, and one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in Texas. With its sheer size and variety in experiences, it can be difficult to compose a summer itinerary, especially if time is limited. Read on for some of our favourite Summer plans in Houston.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is highly recommended for fans of art, education and in general to all visitors to Houston. In its breadth as well as in the individual exhibitions, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston houses an inspiring ensemble of works. This collection is a total of close to seventy thousand pieces over a campus of nine facilities across more than three hundred thousand square feet of space. Indigenous forms of expression from Oceania, over Asia, maritime Southeast Asia, the pre-Columbian Americas and sub-Saharan Africa are all preserved in affluence, offering a truly global scope of artwork for Anthropologists and Artists alike. Specialised exhibits such as the Glassell Collection of African Gold and the Nidhika and Pershant Mehta Arts of India are also of note, as well as a collection of Early Modern and Twentieth-Century artwork featuring Renoir, Signac, van Gogh, Modigliani, Goya, Rembrandt and Cezanne.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most popular Natural History Museums in the country, and with reason. Here, a wide diversity of educational exhibits feed visitors’ curiosity in multiple fields. Some of the exhibits here include displays of Texas and African Flora and Fauna, the largest palaeontology hall in the nation including the most complete Triceratops skeleton excavated, the Hall of Ancient Egypt exhibit where visitors can explore artefacts dating from before 2000 BC and an astronomy observatory. For visitors who truly want to immerse themselves in an exhibit, there is also the Cockrell Butterfly Center, a Butterfly habitat.
Every year, the artists and professionals of Houston’s Theater District perform for free, giving the public and visitors a chance to see the talent in Houston. Concerts, musicians, plays as well as many interactive opportunities for arts, crafts and a more behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the performers in the Theater District. If you manage to grab a seat- we recommend a performance by the Houston Symphony.
In homage to the many Houstonians of Caribbean heritage, the Houston Caribbean Festival is a colourful, exciting time of festivity that comes to the streets of Houston every July. Enjoy the music, cuisine and culture of the Caribbean islands all weekend with the city of Houston, dancing to Soca, Dancehall, and Reggae. For a truly vibrant and exciting cultural experience appreciating Houston’s cosmopolitan character, come to the Houston Caribbean Festival.
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