The best museums in Houston in 2022

These are the top 20 best museums in Houston, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2022. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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These are the best museums in Houston:

  1. Online discount!Space Center Houston1

    Space Center Houston

    Houston
    Space Center Houston is a science museum that serves as the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. It has earned a place as a Smithsonian Affiliate museum in 2014. The organization is owned by NASA and operated under a contract by the nonprofit Manned Spaceflight Education
  2. Online discount!Houston Museum of Natural Science2

    Houston Museum of Natural Science

    Houston
    The Houston Museum of Natural Science (abbreviated as HMNS ) is a natural history museum located on the northern border of Hermann Park in Houston , Texas , United States. The museum was established in 1909 by the Houston Museum and Scientific Society, an organization whose goals were to provide a f
  3. Downtown Aquarium3

    Downtown Aquarium

    Houston
    Downtown Aquarium is a public aquarium and restaurant located in Houston, Texas , United States that was developed from two Houston landmarks: Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. The aquarium is located on a 6-acre (2.4 ha) site at 410 Bagby Street in downtown Houston. It houses
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  5. Houston Zoo4

    Houston Zoo

    Houston
    The Houston Zoo is a 55-acre (22 ha) zoological park located within Hermann Park in Houston , Texas, United States. The zoo houses over 6,000 animals from 900 species. It receives 2.1 million visitors each year and is the second most visited zoo in the United States. It is accredited by the Associat
  6. 1940 Air Terminal Museum5

    1940 Air Terminal Museum

    Houston
    The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is a museum located in Houston , Texas , United States , at William P. Hobby Airport . Collections are housed in the original art deco building which served as the first purpose-built terminal for passenger flight in Houston. The museum currently exhibits several collect
  7. USS Texas (BB-35)6

    USS Texas (BB-35)

    Houston
    USS Texas (BB-35) is a museum ship and former United States Navy New York -class battleship . She was launched on 18 May 1912 and commissioned on 12 March 1914. Texas saw action in Mexican waters following the " Tampico Incident " and made numerous sorties into the North Sea during World War I .
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  9. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens - Museum of Fine Arts7

    Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens - Museum of Fine Arts

    Houston
  10. Rothko Chapel8

    Rothko Chapel

    Houston
    The Rothko Chapel is a non-denominational chapel in Houston, Texas , founded by John and Dominique de Menil . The interior serves not only as a chapel, but also as a major work of modern art. On its walls are fourteen black but color-hued paintings by Mark Rothko . The shape of the building, an oc
  11. Children's Museum of Houston9

    Children's Museum of Houston

    Houston
    The Children's Museum of Houston ( CMH ) is a children's museum in the Museum District in Houston, Texas . Founded in 1980 and housed in a building designed by Robert Venturi, it offers a multitude of innovative exhibits and bilingual learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years. It serves more
  12. Menil Collection10

    Menil Collection

    Houston
    The Menil Collection , located in Houston, Texas, refers either to a museum that houses the art collection of founders John de Menil and Dominique de Menil , or to the collection itself of approximately 17,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs and rare books. While the bulk of th
  13. San Jacinto Museum of History11

    San Jacinto Museum of History

    Houston
    The San Jacinto Monument is a 567.31-foot-high (172.92-meter) column located on the Houston Ship Channel in unincorporated Harris County, Texas , about 16 miles due east of downtown Houston . The monument is topped with a 220-ton star that commemorates the site of the Battle of San Jacinto , the d
  14. Saint Arnold Brewing Company12

    Saint Arnold Brewing Company

    Houston
    The Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a brewery in Houston, Texas , USA, named after a patron saint of brewing, Saint Arnulf of Metz . It was founded in 1994 by Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, graduates of Rice University . The brewery offers tours every weekday & Saturday afternoons, which have attrac
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  16. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston13

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

    Houston
    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a not-for-profit institution in the Museum District , Houston , Texas , founded in 1948, dedicated to presenting contemporary art to the public. As a non-collecting museum , it strives to provide a forum for visual arts of the present and recent past and document
  17. Museum of Health & Medical Science14

    Museum of Health & Medical Science

    Houston
    The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science , or The Health Museum in short, is a museum in the Museum District of Houston , Texas . The museum is a member institution of the Texas Medical Center . As of 2012 the museum gets over 180,000 annual visitors, including 22,000 schoolchildren
  18. Byzantine Chapel Fresco Museum - Menil Collection15

    Byzantine Chapel Fresco Museum - Menil Collection

    Houston
    The Byzantine Fresco Chapel is a part of the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas , near the University of St. Thomas . From February 1997 to February 2012, it displayed the only intact Byzantine frescoes of this size and importance in the entire western hemisphere. The Byzantine frescoes had been ta
  19. Moody Center for the Arts - Rice University16

    Moody Center for the Arts - Rice University

    Houston
    This gallery is somewhat extraordinary - it offers large-scale environments a visitor can just walk through.
  20. 17

    The Jung Center

    Houston
  21. Blaffer Art Museum18

    Blaffer Art Museum

    Houston
    Blaffer Art Museum is a non-collecting contemporary art museum located in the Arts District of the University of Houston campus. Housed in the university’s Fine Arts Building, it is part of the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts. It was founded in 1973 and has won several awards, including the
  22. Buffalo Soldiers National Museum19

    Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

    Houston
    Museum dedicated to African-American soldiers and their valor in foreign and domestic wars. The only one of its kind in the whole U.S.
  23. Houston Botanic Garden20

    Houston Botanic Garden

    Houston

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