Museum roundup: Exhibitions to check out in Houston’s Museum District

“Gear Up: The Science of Bikes,” is one of a plethora of exhibitions on display in Houston’s Museum District. (Courtesy The Health Museum)
“Gear Up: The Science of Bikes,” is one of a plethora of exhibitions on display in Houston’s Museum District. (Courtesy The Health Museum)

“Gear Up: The Science of Bikes,” is one of a plethora of exhibitions on display in Houston’s Museum District. (Courtesy The Health Museum)

Here is a look at some of the exhibitions on display hosted by museums in Houston’s Museum District throughout March and April.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

"Structuring Surfaces": The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is hosting its first exhibition devoted exclusively to internationally celebrated Cuban American artist Carmen Herrera, who turned 105 in May. The exhibition, “Carmen Herrera: Structuring Surfaces,” showcases more than 30 works from the 1960s to the present, including paintings, drawings, prints, wall structures and objects. The price is included with general admission tickets. www.mfah.org

Houston Museum of Natural Science

"Pompeii": With an opening Feb. 12 and spanning through August, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting “Pompeii: The Exhibition,” which explores the lives of residents of Pompeii before and after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius on Aug. 24, 79 A.D. Visitors go back in time to when Pompeii bustled as a commercial port and strategic military and trading city through a media-rich, object-based, immersive experience. The exhibition is supported by the Consulate General of Italy in Houston. www.hmns.org


The Health Museum

"Gear Up": Through May 19, The Health Museum has on display a diverse collection of historic and peculiar bikes as well as science stations that explore energy, forces and motion, engineering, and material science. The exhibition tells the story of the bicycle from its beginning to the present day. Visitors can learn how bikes work, the history/evolution of the bike, the science and technology behind the machine, and how bikes have impacted our culture. The exhibition appeals to people of all ages and with diverse interests. www.thehealthmuseum.org

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

"Wild Life": Through May 16, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston has on display in its Brown Foundation Gallery “Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves,” which acts as both a survey and two-person exhibition for painters Elizabeth Murray and Jessi Reaves. The exhibition presents works from Murray spanning the 1960s to the 2000s alongside a selection of Reaves’s sculptures over the last six years, including her signature ottomans and a site-specific carpeted platform. www.camh.org

Holocaust Museum Houston

"Stories of Survival": Through April 18, the Holocaust Museum Houston has on display “Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory,” an exhibition showcasing more than 60 personal artifacts brought to the United States by survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. The exhibition explores the relationship between objects, their meaning to their original owner and subsequent significance. The exhibition is a project of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and photographer Jim Lommasson. www.hmh.org
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.