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Arts & Museums
Although it sounds bizarre, National Museum of Funeral History actually provides an interesting look at the customs surrounding burial practices. View funeral memorabilia and artifacts that belonged to famous political and celebrity personalities in the "Funerals of the Famous" section of the museum. Equally intriguing is the coffin room that is filled with out-of-the-ordinary coffin themes, including giant fish, cars and a full-sized replica of King Tut's sarcophagus.
Houston is a city that offers a lot of free (and fun) attractions. This museum is located at the Police Academy on the spacious grounds of George Bush Intercontinental Airport and is a great place to spend an afternoon. Police uniforms from around the world are on display, along with a somewhat odd collection of various weapons seized from criminals. With the assistance of an officer, you can view the elaborate gun collection and see what riding in a police car is like. The police helicopter is always a big hit with people of all ages.
Founded in the year 2008, the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts is an art gallery with a difference. The gallery promotes amalgamated artworks in different genres which are truly unique. For instance, the gallery hosts light themed paintings and other artworks. You will also get to check out some works that do not fit into the traditional definition of fine arts but are experimental in nature. Besides paintings, the place also hosts exhibits for mementos and sculptures as well as artistic events and youth programs. If you are interested in fine arts, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts reveals a different angle of the art world to you.
Fans of Old Town Spring usually find this museum very interesting. Situated in the heart of the beautiful village, it tracks the history of the former railroad boomtown of the 1800s that is now a prosperous tourist and shopping attraction. The periods covered include the German farming immigrant era, the railway and saloon days, the war and depression era and the 1980s tourism revival and boom. The story is told through writings, photographs and artifacts.
This fine art gallery is unique in Houston for its devotion to the ceramic and clay arts, and their support of local, national, and internationally renowned ceramic artists. Attend one of their monthly openings on Heights First Saturday to see their newest exhibit. Or sign-up for an artist workshop or lecture-don't be afraid to get your hands dirty! Drop by any time to see the work of member artists. Many pieces are decorative or sculptural, while still others are functional. Find extraordinary art for both indoor and outdoor display. Check their website for the latest schedule of events and exhibitions. - JoAnn Takasaki
On the upper level of The Woodlands Mall, is a wonderland for kids in the form of the Woodlands Children's Museum. The exhibits and the several events that the Museum organizes, are expressly designed such as to educate children in an innovative and interactive manner. Unlike other museums which have a hands-off policy, this Museum invites children to explore different subjects, live animals, building blocks, colors and so on and learn through practical experience. Membership to the museum is available. The Museum is the perfect place to treat your kids after a hectic shopping spree in the Mall.
When you think of deep spiritual artistry, you might believe that you would have to venture to Europe to experience it. This California artist will capture your spirit and prove that is not the case. Known as the "Painter of Light," Thomas Kincade has done numerous nature paintings of lush gardens, charming cottages and inviting gateways. All are soft and soothing to the soul. His works include Rose Gate, Garden of Promise, Petals of Hope and many other famous collectible works. With a worldwide following and notable reputation, Mr. Kincade has established this signature gallery to display his idealist creations.
There was a time in our history when the railroad was a major mode of transportation and was used extensively for cargo transport across the country. Songs have even been written and sung about the long, shrill train whistles and the age of the locomotive. Hank Williams and Jimmy Rogers are prime examples of singers who have paid tribute over the years. The museum features old locomotives, railroad cars, artifacts and other equipment for viewing and exploring. Some cars are completely restored to reflect their glory days. Kids love blasting the engine horn as they pass by and climbing around in antique cabooses. The museum is closed during the winter. Call ahead for exact times.
In a city like Houston where everyone spends most of the day driving, it's no wonder some innovative artists would think to turn cars into art. At the Art Car Museum, also known as the "Garage Mahal," you can see these crazy pieces on display. This unusual museum will delight visitors of all ages with cars transformed into the likes of a giant evil Easter Bunny or a gold Chevy covered in stuffed alligators called the "Swamp Mutha."
Since 1977, this multicultural education center has tried to help inner-city youth develop self-discipline and confidence through the study of classic and visual arts. Scheduled events include exhibits, art shows and theatrical performances throughout the year. The entire program is designed to give kids a greater appreciation of their heritage and inspire belief in their ability to face the future.
Bayou Bend is the former home of Ima Hogg, a famous philanthropist. Visitors can wander through 14 acres of woodlands and formal gardens, or check out the house that contains 4,800 various works of art. This art represents the American style from colonial to mid-19th Century. The house is a lovely lifestyle museum of that century. Please take note that children under ten years of age can wander the gardens but are not allowed in the house.
Fotofest Headquarters Gallery is an amalgamation of creativity and modernity. Home to the popular festival, Fotofest (which happens to be the country's largest non-commercial photography exhibition), it attracts hordes of photography enthusiasts throughout the year. Amateurs who want to learn a thing or two about the art of taking good pictures, and professionals who want to experiment with new styles and modes will love to browse through the passel of exhibits and images on display. The gallery is a veritable treat for anyone with even a mild interest in photography. Special events, photography workshops, sessions and classes are lined up by the dozen to acquaint you with this art form. Check the website for more details on current and upcoming events.