Throughout history museums were the places where people went, in droves, to catch an up close glimpse of fascinating curiosities like two-headed calves and eight-legged frogs on display.
Today’s family of museums are motivated by a different impulse.
They are managed by modern curators, who combine the latest technology and history to implant in our memories the powerful stories, authentic images and diverse life forms of our past preserved through sculptures, specimens and scientific collections.
MFA-HoustonIt almost goes without saying that in in order to preserve important items from antiquity for future visitors touching is not allowed. But what you can do that is take pictures.
MFA-Houston is one of the few museums in the world where its cool to capture snapshots of your visit on film. A picture along side of a national treasures is way more memorable than the stock photos in a brochure.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
MUFON (mutual ufo network) rates Texas as a 3, ranking it in the top 10 along with California for the frequency of UFO sightings making it a great place to try your hand at distinguishing planets from an actual UFO.
Saturday evenings throughout the year visitors to the George observatory can have the chance to “see the heavens” through the 36” telescope. You may spot the next UFO on a visit to the Lone Star state.
Childrens MuseumThe CM-Houston is the go-to place, if you’re at your wit’s end with a child who brings home failing grades or straight C’s that you want to motivate to be more successful in school. The slogan “A mind is a terrible thing to waste” , drives home the fact that inspiring a child to travel the path to become lifelong learners is important.
CM-Houston houses a plethora of state-of-the-art exhibits focused on the needs and desires of children 0 to 12 years to be infotained.
A trip to the museum creatively imparts knowledge to kids using games and exhibits about common subjects like waves, rapids and specialized topics.
Participating in museum events might just be the trick to get them motivated, once they experience the social and emotional benefits of learning new things, outside of the academics and grades arena.
Health MuseumStir up your family’s awareness about the importance of health with visits to the health museum. One of the must-see exhibits is the challenge gallery.
The gallery house several interactive games including a fascinating one called mind ball. The object is to relax your mind in order to move a ball to your opponents side of the table.
1940 Air Terminal MuseumOnly at 1940 Air Terminal Museum, can you step back into aviation time through experiencing the collection of airplanes and related memorabilia in the Houston’s former air terminal. Many of the things you would take for granted about flying on early airlines are on display.
You’ll see everything aviation at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. The collection includes planes and equipment even examples of early uniforms worn by jet-setting stewardess.
Buffalo Soldiers National MuseumMuseums are places that require constant updating and can go through multi-million dollar budgets in the blink of an eye. Take your family to the Buffalo Soldier Museum where you can learn the story about a part of history that is seldom told, the Black soldiers that served in U.S. mounted cavalry.
Best of all you can leave something behind to help the efforts to preserve the artifacts for future generations. It’s as simple as buying a brick.
It will enable the Buffalo Soldier Museum to disseminate the fact from fiction about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and their service in the defense and development of America’s expansion to the West.
Houston Museum of African American CultureDiscover world cinema, featuring up and coming directors and actors from across the globe in the narratives and voices that transcend the Black experience.
These world-class films are seldom seen on television. Many are contemporary films displaying the echoes, enigmas and experiences that can be heard in the tapestry of the African Diaspora.
We often forget that although the themes are the same from culture to culture, viewing them under a different light reveals a richer experience. Individual, separate, but an equally potent rays of color that are all a part of the tapestry of “God’s children."
There are so many more cool things you can do at museums in Houston. For instance museums are good places to donate your time, treasure and talent. These are a just a sampling of the local museums and some very simple things you can do to liven up a boring day, that I wanted to share with you.
If I didn't mention your favorite museum, don’t get upset. There are far too many to tell about all of them at one time. If your experience at these any of these places was different than mine and you want to share your opinion leave a comment below.