​​​​​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 Park)1000 Bagby  Houston, Texas(713)655-19124th Ward Cottage
Alvin Historical Museum300 W. Sealy,  Alvin Texas 77512,  (281)331-4469Alvin Historical Museum
American Cowboy Museum11822 Almeda Road, Houston, Texas 77045(713)478-9677American Cowboy Museum
American Indian Genocide MuseumPO Box 230452, Houston, Texas 77223(844)324-2639American Indian Genocide Museum
Open by appointment.
Art Car Museum140 Heights Blvd.  Houston, Texas 77007(713)861-5526Art Car Museum
Art League of Houston1953 Montrose Boulevard  Houston, Texas 77006(713)523-9530Art League of Houston
Ashton Villa House Museum - 18592328 Broadway Galveston, Texas 77550 | (409)762-3933Ashton Villa
Baker Family Playhouse – 1893 (Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park)1000 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002(713)655-1912Baker Family Playhouse
Barbers Hill/Mont Belvieu Museum11697 Eagle Drive, Mont Belvieu, Texas 77580 (281)385-1706Barbers Hill/Mont Belvieu Museum
Bayou Bend Collection and Garden6003 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77007(713)639-7750Bayou Bend Collection and Garden
Baytown Historical Preservation AssociationPO Box 1244, 5117 N. Main Baytown, Texas 77522-1244281-421-2099Baytown Historical Preservation Association

1894 Wooster Common School No. 38 & 1910 Brown-McKay Farmhouse.

Beer Can House222 Malone St , Houston, Texas 77007,  Beer Can House
Bishop's Palace - 18881302 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77550(409)762-2475Bishop's Palace
Blaffer Art Museum (University of Houston)120 Fine Arts Building Houston, Texas 77204  (713)743-9521Blaffer Art Museum
Brazoria County Historical Museum100 East Cedar Street, Angleton, Texas 77515(979)864-1208Brazoria County Historical Museum
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum3816 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004(713)942-8920Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
Butler Longhorn Museum1220 Coryell Street, League City, Texas 77573(281)332-1393Butler Longhorn Museum
Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum4011 Yupon Street, Houston, Texas 77006(713)521-3990Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum
Children's Museum of Houston1500 Binz Street, Houston, Texas 77004(713)522-1138Children's Museum of Houston
City of Katy Museums6002 George Bush Drive, Kat, Texas 77492(281)391-4884City of Katy Museums
Columbia Historical Museum247 E Brazos, West Columbia, Texas 77486(979)345-6125Columbia Historical Museum
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston5216 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006(713)284-8253Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Cullen Sculpture Garden - MFAHMontrose Blvd at Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77006Cullen Sculpture Garden - MFAH
Custom Home - 1861502 20th Street, Galveston, Texas 77550(409)763-1877Custom Home
Czech Center Museum Houston4920 San Jacinto Street, Houston, Texas 77004(713)528-2060Czech Center Museum Houston
Doc Porter Museum of Telephone History1714 Ashland Street , Houston, Texas 77008    713-861-9784Doc Porter Museum of Telephone History
Freeport Historical Museum311 East Park Avenue, Freeport, Texas 77541(979)233-0066Freeport Historical Museum
Garten Verein - 18802704 Avenue O, Galveston, Texas 77550(409)763-1877Garten Verein
George Ranch Historical Park10215 FM 762 Rd, Richmond, Texas 77469(281)343-0218George Ranch Historical Park
Health Museum1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas 77004(713)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 West Alabama, Houston, Texas 77002 (713)529-4755Houston Center for Photography
Houston Computer Museum15827 Thistledew Dr ., Houston,  77082  281-293-7919
Houston Maritime Education Center and Museum2311 Canal Street, Houston, Texas 77003(713)225-1688Houston Maritime Education Center and Museum
Houston Museum of African American Culture4807 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77266(713)526-1015Houston Museum of African American Culture
Humble Museum601 Higgins Street, Humble, Texas 77338(281)713-5439Humble Museum
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 Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006(713)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 – 1847 (Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park)1200 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002(713)655-1912Kellum-Noble House
Lawndale Art Center4912 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002(713)528-5858Lawndale Art Center
Menard Home - 18381605 33rd Street, Galveston, Texas 77550(409)762-3933Menard Home
Menil Collection1535 Sul Ross Street, Houston, Texas 77006(713)525-9400Menil Collection
Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Depot5615 First Street, Katy, Texas 77493(281)391-8400Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Depot
Moody Mansion2618 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77550(409)762-7668Moody Mansion
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas77265(713)446-2130Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Printing History1324 W. Clay St.   Houston  77019713-522-4652Museum of Printing History
Nichols-Rice-Cherry House – 1850 (Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park)1100 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002(713)655-1912Nichols-Rice-Cherry House
Orange Show Center for Visionary Art2402 Munger Street, Houston, Texas77023(713)926-6368Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts6815 Cypresswood Drive Spring, Texas 77379(281)376-6322Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts
Pillot House – 1868 (Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park)1000 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002(713)655-1912Pillot House
Pioneer Memorial Log House - 19361510 Cambridge Street, Houston, Texas 77030  (713)522-0396Pioneer Memorial Log House
Powhatan House - 18473427 Avenue O, Galveston, Texas 77550 (409)763-0077Powhatan House
Printing Museum1324 W Clay Street, Houston, Texas 77019(713)522-4652Printing Museum
Project Row Houses2521 Holman Street, Houston, Texas 77004(713)526-7662Project Row Houses
Queen Laura's Bordello - 18862528 Postoffice, Galveston, Texas 77550(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, Texas 77019 (713)639-7800Rienzi
Rothko Chapel3900 Yupon at Sul Ross, Houston, Texas 77006(713)524-9839Rothko Chapel
Sam Houston Park & Architectural Museum1000 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002 (713)655-1912Sam Houston Park
San Felipe Cottage – 1868 (Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park)1000 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002(713)655-1912San Felipe Cottage
San Jacinto Battleground3523 Independence Parkway South, La Porte, Texas 77571  (281)479-2431San Jacinto Battleground
San Jacinto Museum of HistoryOne Monument Circle, La Porte, Texas77571  (281)479-2421San Jacinto Museum of History
Slover-Rogers Cottage113 East Dumble, Alvin, Texas 77511(281)585-2803Slover-Rogers Cottage
St. John Church – 1891 (Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park)1000 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002(713)655-1912St. John Church
Staiti House – 1905 (Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park)1000 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002(713)655-1912Staiti House
Strake Jesuit Art Museum8900 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77036(713)490-8117Strake Jesuit Art Museum
University Museum at Texas Southern UniversityFairchild Building 1st Floor, 3100 Cleburne Avenue, Houston, Texas 77004(713)313-7120University Museum at Texas Southern University