​​​​​Harris County Museums


Museums teach us about our history, including the wonderful diversity of our regions inhabitants. They tell us about the wonders of nature, the lives of people of interest, they provide visitors to the region repositories of world class art and sculpture.  Museums present exhibitions, collections and educational activities that all segments of society can enjoy. 

This directory was compiled casually over a period of several weeks. The compiler attempted a broad sweep not dome before. Harris County museums of many types are included, not just the obviously historical in content.  Some tours are free, others are not.  Only a few of the museums were assigned to more than one of the thirteen topical categories.  If you are not familiar with one of the 130 particular museums, visit their website or telephone for hours, cost, and conditions. These are not licensed/operated/endorsed by Harris County.

Museums Directory of Harris County
Compilation by Will Howard - 2012

Additions and corrections are invited; contact the Harris County Historical Commission.


All Museums | Art | Arts – Architecture, Domestic, and Decorative | Children’s Museums | Colonial, Ranch, and Plantation Life | Communication | Community History | Ethnic and Group History | Life and Death | Military | Natural Science | Professional and Thematic | Technology | Transportation

4th Ward Cottage, Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park1000 Bagby  Houston, Texas713-655-1912 4th Ward Cottage
Alvin Historical Museum300 W. Sealy,  Alvin Texas 77512,  281-585-2803Alvin Historical Museum
American Cowboy Museum11822 Almeda Houston   77045   713-478-9677American Cowboy Museum
American Indian Genocide Museum11013 Fuqua PMB # 178, Houston 77089, ,281-841-3028American Indian Genocide Museum
Open by appointment.
Art Car Museum140 Heights Blvd.  Houston, Texas 77007713-861-5526Art Car Museum
Art League of Houston1953 Montrose Boulevard  Houston, Texas 77006-1243  713-523-9530Art League of Houston
Ashton Villa House Museum2328 Broadway Galveston, Texas 77550 | 409-762-3933 1859 Ashton Villa
Baker Family Playhouse, Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park1000 Bagby, Houston, 713-655-1912 Baker Family Playhouse
Barbers Hill-Mont Belvieu Museum11607 Eagle Dr., Mont Belvieu, Texas 77580  281-385-1706Barbers Hill-Mont Belvieu Museum
Bayou Bend Collection and GardenOne Westcott St.  Houston, Texas 77007713-639-7750Bayou Bend Collection and Garden
Baytown Historical Preservation AssociationPO Box 1244, 5117 N. Main Baytown, Texas 77522-1244281-421-2099Baytown Historical Preservation Association

​The Association maintains Baytown's Living History Museum of historic buildings at the Republic of Texas Plaza located at 5117 North Main Street, just off I-10.  Open free to the public the last Saturday afternoon of the month. Docent-led tours available.

Beer Can House222 Malone St , Houston, Texas 77007,  713-926-6368Beer Can House
Bishop's Palace1302 Broadway  Galveston, Texas 77550409-762-24751892 Bishop's Palace
Blaffer Art Museum - University of Houston120 Fine Arts Building Houston, Texas 77204   713-743-9521 Blaffer Art Museum - University of Houston
Brazoria County Historical Museum100 East Cedar Street, Angleton Texas 77515     979-864-1208Brazoria County Historical Museum
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum1834 Southmore Houston   77004713-942-8920Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
Butler Longhorn Museum and Heritage Park1220 Coryell St. League City 77573281-332-1393Butler Longhorn Museum
Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum4011 Yupon  Houston, Texas 77006713-521-3990Byzantine Fresco Chapel
Children's Museum of Houston1500 Binz Houston  77004-7112713-522-1138Children's Museum of Houston
Columbia Historical Museum247 E Brazos Ave, West Columbia, Texas 77486979-345-6125 979-345-3123http://www.columbiahistoricalmuseum.com
Contemporary Arts Museum5216 Montrose Blvd.  Houston, Texas 77006713-284-8253Contemporary Arts Museum
Cullen Sculpture Garden - MFAHMontrose Blvd at Bissonnet St.  Houston, Texas 77006Cullen Sculpture Garden - MFAH
Custom Home, 1861502 20th Street,  Galveston  409-763-1877Custom Home, 1861
Czech Center Museum Houston4920 San Jacinto Houston 77004713-528-2060http://www.czechcenter.org
Doc Porter Museum of Telephone History1714 Ashland Street , Houston, Texas 77008    713-861-9784Doc Porter Museum of Telephone History
Freeport Historical Museum311 E Park St, Freeport, Texas 77541http://www.freeport.tx.us/default.aspx?name=historical_museum
Garten Verein, 18802704 Avenue O, 409-763-1877Garten Verein, 1880
George Ranch Historical Park10215 Fm 762 Rd , Richmond, Texas 77469George Ranch Historical Park
Health Museum1515 Hermann Dr. Houston 77004713-521-1515Health Museum
Houston Audubon Society's Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center3997 River Drive  Houston 77017http://www.houstonaudubon.org/default.aspx/MenuItemID/484/MenuGroup/Education.htm
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft4848 Main Street  Houston, Texas 77002 713-529-4848Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston Center for Photography1441 W. Alabama Houston, Texas 77002   713-529-4755Houston Center for Photography
Houston Computer Museum15827 Thistledew Dr ., Houston,  77082  281-293-7919
Houston Maritime Museum2204 Dorrington Houston 77030713-666-1910http://houstonmaritime.org/
Houston Museum of African American Culture4807 Caroline Houston   77266713-526-1015Houston Museum of African American Culture
Humble  Museum219 Main Street Humble  Texas 77338713-446-2130http://www.humblemuseum.com
Jackson “Lake Place” Plantation, AbnerPark and Ride on FM 2004 near Hwy 332, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566 979-297-1570"Lake Place" Plantation Site
Jung Center of Houston5200 Montrose Blvd.  Houston    77006713-524-8253Jung Center of Houston
Katy Heritage Museum6002 George Bush Drive. Katy 77492, 281-391-4884http://cityofkaty.com/visit-us/museums
Katy Heritage Park5990 George Bush Drive, Katy, Texas 77492-0359   281-391-2550http://www.katyheritagesociety.com
Kellum-Noble House, Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park1200 Bagby , Houston, 713-655-1912 Kellum-Noble House
Lawndale Art Center4912 Main Street  Houston, Texas 77002 713-528-5858Lawndale Art Center
Menard Home, Michel1605 33rd Street  Galveston, Texas409-762-3933Menard Home
Menil Collection1515 Sul Ross Houston Texas  77006713-525-9400Menil Collection
Moody Mansion & Museum2618 Broadway  Galveston, Texas409-762-7668Moody Mansion & Museum
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston1001 Bissonnet St. Houston   77265713-446-2130Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Printing History1324 W. Clay St. Houston  77019713-522-4652Museum of Printing History
Museum of Printing History1324 W. Clay St.   Houston  77019713-522-4652Museum of Printing History
Nichols-Rice-Cherry House, Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park1100 Bagby , Houston, 713-655-1912 Nichols-Rice-Cherry House
Orange Show Center for Visionary Art2402 Munger Street Houston  77023 713-926-6368Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts6815 Cypresswood Drive Spring, Texas 77379281-376-6322Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts
Pillot House, Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park1000 Bagby,  Houston, 713-655-1912 Pillot House
Pioneer Memorial Log House Museum1510 N. MacGregor Houston   77030   713-522-0396Pioneer Memorial Log House Museum
Powhatan House, The 1847 John Sydnor3427 Avenue O , Galveston, Texas 77550  409-763-0077Powhatan House
Project Row Houses2521 Holman Houston  77251, 713-526-7662Project Row Houses
Queen Laura's Bordello2528 Postoffice,  Galveston  409-765-1700Queen Laura's Bordello
Rice University Art Gallery6100 Main Street, MS 21 Houston  77005  713-348-6069Rice University Art Gallery
Rienzi1406 Kirby Drive Houston  77019  713-639-7800Rienzi
Rogers House Museum, Marguerite113 East Dumble  Alvin, Texas   281-585-2803Marguerite Rogers House Museum
Rothko Chapel1409 Sul Ross  Houston, Texas 77006 713-524-9839Rothko Chapel
Sam Houston Park & Architectural Museum1000 Bagby, Houston 77002  713-655-1912Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
San Felipe Cottage, Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park1000 Bagby, Houston, 713-655-1912 San Felipe Cottage
San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site3527 Battleground Rd. ,  La Porte  77571   281-479-2431San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
San Jacinto Museum of HistoryOne Monument Circle , La Porte,  77571   281-479-2421San Jacinto Museum of History
St. John Church, Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park1000 Bagby , Houston, 713-655-1912 St. John Church
Staiti House, Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park1000 Bagby  Houston, Texas713-655-1912 Staiti House
Strake Jesuit Art Museum8900 Bellaire Blvd.  Houston, Texas 77036713-490-8117Strake Jesuit Art Museum
Texas Seaport MuseumPier 22 Galveston 77550409-763-1878http://www.galvestonhistory.org/Texas_Seaport_Museum.asp
The Old Place, Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park1000 Bagby  Houston, Texas713-655-1912 The Old Place
University Museum at Texas Southern UniversityFairchild Building 3100 Cleburne St  Houston, Texas 77004 713-313-7120University Museum at Texas Southern University
USS Battleship TEXAS State Historic SiteHwy 1343527 Battleground Rd. La Porte, TX 77571  281-479-2431http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/battleship_texas/
Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site1702 N. 13th St., West Columbia, Texas 77486,  979-345-4656Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site
Water Works Education Center, COH12121 N. Sam Houston Parkway E. Humble, 77396, 832-395-3780Water Works Education Center, COH
Williams Home, Samuel May3601 Avenue P, 409-765-1839Samuel May William's Home
Woodlands Children's Museum4774 West Panther Creek Dr The Woodlands  77381,  281-465-0955Woodlands Children's Museum
Yates House, Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park1000 Bagby, Houston, 713-655-1912 Yates House