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Houston Culture and Arts

International arts in a cosmopolitan city
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.5 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Houston has a Museum District, served by its METRORail light rail system, and a theater district downtown, also convenient on the... more »

Tips:  Although you can easily get to the three museums, you might want to save one for another day.

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Points of Interest

The Menil Collection, a free museum showcasing the private collection of John and Dominique de Menil, is worthy of a visit just to see its spectacular home, designed by Renzo Piano.

The museum's ribbed roof bathes the art work in diffused light. The works include Surrealist and Cubist art, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, classic Mediterranean... More

Rothko Chapel is a non-denominational chapel named for its architect, Mark Rothko. The chapel was founded by John and Dominique de Menil, and is a couple of blocks from their museum, The Menil Collection.

This free chapel is a place for quiet contemplation; no cellphones or photography. There are paintings, but the architecture is really the... More

Museum of Fine Arts is the antithesis of the Rothko Chapel. It is a bustling place, filled with a variety of art. The 300,000 square feet of exhibition space includes ancient to Native American, Islamic and Pre-Columbian, Impressionist and Post Impressionist art.

The main campus has 2 buildings connected by an underground tunnel, a cafe and a... More

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts has its own restaurant, Artista, which is open even if there are no performances. But with 2 theaters and several resident companies, the bustling arts center is rarely idle.

There is a parking garage and valet parking.
Adress: 800 Bagby Street
Houston, TX

Phone: 713-315-2400

The Alley Theatre is a subscriber based theater group, but you can buy tickets for individual productions. It has 2 stages with 11 productions each season, focusing on new American plays.

The Alley is in Houston's theater district, with many restaurants within walking distance.
615 Texas Avenue
Houston TX

Phone: 713-220-5700