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The Museum Experience - Houstonís New Cultural Block Party
The Museum Experience

March, 2013

Join Houston’s newest cultural block party - The Museum Experience. The Museum District has traded in its annual open house to present four unique and intimate events throughout the year -- the Museum Experience.

The Museum Experience features four walkable “zones” to help visitors navigate through the area and learn more about all 19 museums in a more personal way. On the last Saturday of January, April, July and September, each zone will showcase a handful of museums at a time, complete with special programming, pedicabs in select zones and food trucks. The other museums in the District will be open even when their zone isn’t featured.




  • Zone 1, January 26: The Menil Collection (Cy Twombly, Richmond Hall), Rothko Chapel, Houston Center for Photography
  • Zone 2, April 27: Asia Society Texas Center, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Czech Center Museum Houston, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Lawndale Art Center, The Weather Museum, Lawndale Art Center 
  • Zone 3, July 27: The Jung Center of Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Zone 4, September 28: Children’s Museum of Houston, The Health Museum, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, Rice University Art Gallery




“Creating zones makes it easier for visitors to explore,” said Laurette Cañizares, Museum District Association executive director. “We have such amazing and diverse museums in the district, we wanted to give visitors who were fans of Museum District Day more than one day to plan a trip to the district.”




The Museum Experience events will happen during normal museum hours giving visitors ample time to explore without feeling rushed to make it to the next program. Visitors can simply walk or bike from one museum to the next venue in that quadrant.


All four events won’t be entirely free however. Ticketed museums will be charging admission fees unless otherwise stated. Visitors should note that eleven of the museums are free every day and the other eight offer free times once a week or once a month. “Many visitors thought Museum District Day was the only day to enjoy the museums for free,” said Cañizares. “We want to promote the considerable resources the District offers year-round.”

The second Museum Experience event is scheduled Saturday, April 27 and will showcase Asia Society Texas Center, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Czech Center Museum Houston, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Lawndale Art Center and The Weather Museum.


There will be special activities at each of the museums in zone 2, free pedicab rides and a chance to win a VIP Museum District package. At the entrance of each museum there will be a table with a QR code for visitors to scan with their smartphone. There are eight unique QR codes for each of the participating museums. A visitor can only scan each code once, but the more museums they visit, their chances of winning increase. Note: Visitors will need to have the appropriate scan software downloaded on their phone. Prize package includes annual memberships or passes to 11 museums.




ZONE 2 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – Saturday, April 27, 2013


10am-4pm Celebrate Earth Day at the Weather Museum! There will be face painting, recycle relays, Earth Day mazes, wordfinds and seed plantings. Bring a recyclable item for free admission! $5 admission for adults, $3 for children.




10am-4pm Come and experience a live reenactment of “The Buffalo Soldiers Story” by Trooper Biggs (hourly) at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. Bring the entire family to experience history! $5 admission, $3 for students with ID.




10am-4pm Stop by the Czech Center Museum Houston to enjoy live music by the Masters. Tasty sausages and Kolaches from the famous Prasek's Hillje Smokehouse for purchase. Free admission.




10am-5pm Join Houston Center for Contemporary Craft for their Annual Gathering of the Guilds. Local craft artists will demonstrate basket weaving, ship modeling, woodturning, blacksmithing, calligraphy, mosaics, quilting and more.  Free admission.




10am-5pm Lawndale Art Center hosts Design Fair 2013, a unique marketplace, featuring vintage modern objects of the 20th century and examples of cutting-edge contemporary design. The Texas Co-Op, a special section of the Fair, will become an on-site laboratory with demos and 3D interactions. $5 admission. 




10am-5pm Let the kids learn about caring for others while having fun! Children and students can commemorate Genocide Awareness Month at Holocaust Museum Houston by making drawings that will be forwarded to children in displaced persons camps at current genocide sites around the world. Free admission.




Noon-6pm The Houston Museum of African American Culture invites you to explore two new exhibits: The Houston Rap exhibit by Peter Beste explores the history of Houston’s rap scene and Daggering by Nicole Miller provides a cryptic and provocative look into two sides of the African Diaspora. Free admission.


Asia Society Texas Center
Experience the diversity of Asian art, film and performance, hear the latest trends in global business and policy, and learn through activities for kids of all ages.
1370 Southmore Blvd. • 713.496.9901 • Hours: Tues – Sun: 11am – 6pm




Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
Chronicles the African American military experience in America’s great wars, including the Revolutionary War, Spanish American War, WW I, WWII & others.
3816 Caroline St. • 713.942.8920 • Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm, Sat: 10am – 4pm

Czech Center Museum Houston
Elegant baroque architecture offers historical artifacts, tours, art, concerts, lectures/classes, event venues, library, chapel & gift shop.
4920 San Jacinto St. • 713.528.2060 • Hours: Mon – Sat: 10am – 4pm

Holocaust Museum Houston
The Holocaust Museum is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the six million Jews & other innocent victims & honoring the survivors’ legacy.
5401 Caroline St. • 713.942.8000 •
Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm, Sat – Sun: noon – 5pm, Open first Thursday of the month until 8pm


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
See innovative exhibitions of contemporary craft, visit artist studios, relax in the garden, or shop for one-of-a-kind gifts in the Asher Gallery. 
4848 Main St. • 713.529.4848 •  
Hours: Tues – Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun: noon – 5pm, Closed on Sundays July 4 – Labor Day

Houston Museum of African American Culture
The Houston Museum of African American Culture collects, conserves, explores, interprets & exhibits the material & intellectual culture of Africans & African Americans.
4807 Caroline St. • 713.526.1015 • 
Hours: Tues – Fri: noon – 6pm, Thurs: noon – 8pm, Sat: noon – 6

Lawndale Art Center

Unique in its focus on local artists, Lawndale presents & promotes experimental, alternative contemporary art in all media.
4912 Main St. • 713.528.5858 • Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm, Sat: noon – 5pm

The Weather Museum
Become “weatherwise” at America’s first weather museum by learning with meteorologists who demonstrate how weather makes science fun.
5104 Caroline St. • 713.529.3076 •  Hours: Mon – Sat: 10am – 4pm




Create your own Museum Experience with the Houston Museum District.




About the Houston Museum District Association


Founded in 1997, the Houston Museum District Association is dedicated to promoting its 19 member museums and increasing the collaborative efforts among them. The association offers myriad artistic, scientific, cultural and educational resources to the city of Houston and its visitors. To learn more, visit, become a Facebook fan or a Twitter follower.


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