The Houston area is home to a number of museums and galleries. Lists in this guide are not comprehensive.

Art galleries

A variety of art galleries can be found in Montrose and River Oaks, including many that are artist owned.

1. Moody Gallery


2. Laura Rathe Fine Art


3. Christopher Martin Gallery


4. Color Factory


5. McClain Gallery*


6. Art of the World


7. Foltz Fine Art**


8. Archway Gallery


9. Barbara Davis Gallery


10. Anya Tish Gallery


Featured gallery: Archway Gallery

The Archway Gallery, found on Dunlavy Street, has been owned and operated by Houston-area artists for 34 years. Media styles include sculpture, pottery and paintings, among others.

*appointments encouraged but not required

**open by appointment only

Local spotlight: Rienzi

The historic house museum features a collection of European decorative arts, paintings and furnishings.

1406 Kirby Drive, Houston


Cost: $10 (adults), $8 (ages 65 and older), $5 (college students and ages 13-18), free (ages 12 and under)

The local area

The Bellaire, Meyerland and West University features some of the city’s most well-known museums, including those found in the official Museum District.

1. DeBakey Library and Museum

6450 E. Cullen St., Houston


Cost: free

2. Museum of Southern History

7502 Fondren Road, Houston


Cost: $4 (children), $5 (group tours), $6 (adults)

3. Museum of American Architecture and Decorative Arts

7502 Fondren Road, Houston


Cost: $4 (children), $5 (group tours), $6 (adults)

4. Dunham Bible Museum

7502 Fondren Road, Houston


Cost: free

Featured museum: Houston Baptist University museums

The Houston Baptist University campus in Sharpstown is home to several of its own museums, including the Museum of Southern History, which captures the history of the South in the mid-1800s.

Worth the trip: National Museum of Funeral History

The museum offers exhibits of historical funeral service items, including memorabilia across a variety of cultures and time periods.

415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston


Cost: $7 (ages 6-11), $9 (ages 55 and up), $10 (adults)

Houston Museum District

The Houston Museum District comprises 19 museums in an area north of Hermann Park and east of Rice University. Highlights include The Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Houston Zoo.

Art museums

1. Asia Society Texas Center

2. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

3. DiverseWorks

4. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

5. Houston Center for Photography

6. Lawndale Art Center

7. Moody Center for the Arts

8. Rothko Chapel

9. The Jung Center

10. The Menil Collection

11. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Historical museums

12. Buffalo Soldiers National History Museum

13. Czech Center Museum

14. Holocaust Museum Houston

15. Houston Museum of African American Culture

Science museums

16. Children’s Museum Houston

17. Houston Museum of Natural Science

18. Houston Zoo

19. The Health Museum

Featured museum: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Cullen Sculpture Garden

The garden showcases works by 20th- and 21st-century sculptors. Sculptor Isamu Noguchi created the garden, which is framed by concrete walls and dotted with native trees, bamboo and crepe myrtle.

Montrose Boulevard and Bissonnet Street, Houston


Cost: free