The Museum District in Houston is an area that goes from Hermann Park to the 59 Freeway to Main Street and the name is explained by the museums that are in there and other art galleries. The following are four of some of the ones that are worth seeing and getting involved in the city’s culture’s art and history.
The first one is the Menil Collection, which is also one of the most known in the city, the name comes from the philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, and it has an array of different representations going from the prehistoric time to the present and the admission is free. The gallery is located at 1515 Sul Ross Street and it is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Another one which is close to the Menil and is definitely worth it is the Houston Center for Photography where not only you can admire the art but they also offer different courses from a camera and photo basics to architectural photography to name a few. The Center is located at 1441 West Alabama Street and it is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The third one is the Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts which the primary arts are done with fiber, metal, glass, clay and wood and it opened in 2001 but the exhibitions are quite interesting to look at such as jewelry or dolls. The center is located at 4848 Main Street and the hours of operations are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The fourth one is the Rothko Chapel which is an intimate sanctuary for people of any beliefs, and the modern meditative environment was inspired by the famous abstractionist Mark Rothko hence the name. However the chapel also functions as an art museum and public forum and it is located at 3900 Yupon at the corner of Sul Ross and the chapel is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the admission is free but donations are welcome.
The chapel was one of the last endeavors by Dominique and John de Menil worked on together, and it also received awards such as the “Commitment to Truth and Freedom” in 1981 and in 1986 another one was awarded to honor and emulate the spirit of Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Archbishop of El Salvador, murdered on March 24, 1980.