The Best Museums and Galleries in Houston

by Natasha Wolff | January 19, 2012 9:55 am

Contemporary Arts Museum
5216 Montrose Boulevard[1]
Art connoisseurs will love the interactive vibe. Artists are often brought in for intimate talks to discuss their exhibitions, and community programs allow visitors to hear lectures from popular musicians, painters and more.

Hiram Butler Gallery
4520 Blossom Street[2]
This serene, tree-lined gallery hosts an array of impressive prints, paintings and etchings. Each month there’s something new to see, so check in often.

McClain Gallery
2242 Richmond Avenue[3]
Contemporary and 20th century art is the focus of this gallery, but principals Robert and Cynthia Cage McClain also aid personal collectors who are on the hunt for specific pieces—just ask!

Moody Gallery
2815 Colquitt Street[4]
Moody focuses on exhibitions by contemporary American artists—especially ones from Texas. The heritage of the Southern state is very apparent in all the works on display.

Museum of Fine Arts
1001 Bissonnet Street[5]
Two gallery buildings hold a massive amount of beautiful works that anyone could spend hours exploring. Make sure to check out the MFAH book clubs. They’re a great way for art lovers to connect on a deeper level.

Parkerson Gallery
3510 Lake Street[6]
American and European paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries are the focus of this gallery. It’s interesting to note that owner John E. Parkerson is a member of the Appraisers Association of America, meaning he can be your go-to guy for selling pieces from your personal collection.

Rothko Chapel
3900 Yupon Street[7]
The mission statement of this chapel is “to inspire people to action through art and contemplation, to nurture reverence for the highest aspirations of humanity, and to provide a forum for global concerns.” People from all faiths are encouraged to fight for universal freedoms while experiencing beautiful paintings, sculptures and more.

The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street[8]
The only thing more interesting than the art on display at Menil is the history behind the collection’s founders. The husband and wife team met at a ball at Versailles and bonded over their love of art.


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