Explore Houston’s Most Popular Art Institutions for Free

Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Visitors to the sprawling Houston Museum District can enjoy free admission to many of the city’s leading art institutions. Located in an area spanning from Downtown Houston to Montrose and across to the Museum Park, visitors can easily explore some of Houston’s best museum offerings for free.

Among them are the Museum of Fine Arts, The Health Museum, Houston Zoo and Menil Collection as well as many other museums located in the Museum District. Most offer free admission on specified days or times, while others are always free.

Free Museum Tuesdays and Thursdays

Houston’s cultural attractions have a tradition of offering free entry on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Some museums are free the whole day, while others have limited hours with waived admission fees.

Houston Museums that are Always Free

The majority of Houston’s museums are always free. Most of the smaller museums are closed on Mondays.

Museum Events happening this spring

Houston’s world-class museums have an exciting array of seasonal events in store this spring. From hands-on family explorations to adults-only soirees, creative workshops to scientific talks, there’s no shortage of engaging experiences awaiting across H-Town.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science

  • February 28 – Orchids and Companion Plants: During this orchid workshop, discover the secrets of growing healthy orchids that will bloom season after season. You’ll even re-pot an orchid to take home using specially formulated mix. Tickets start at $60.
  • March 6 & April 3 – Preparing for the Celestial Spectacle: Discover everything you need to know before the 2024 Texas solar eclipse. Learn about the cosmic phenomenon of eclipses—what causes them and how to view them safely. Tickets start at $12.
  • March 19 – Uncovering the Mysteries of the Universe: Explore early discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope. Find out how this advanced telescope is unraveling secrets of exoplanet atmospheres, early galaxy formation, and more. Tickets start at $12.
  • May 8 & July 31 – Cockrell Butterfly Center: Butterflies and other wondrous insects take center stage on this special behind-the-scenes tour. Led personally by Butterfly Center staff, you’ll venture into areas rarely seen by visitors, like the caterpillar and containment rooms! Tickets start at $25.

Want to keep exploring all of the events happening at the Houston Museum of Natural Science? Check out all of the upcoming curated experiences in space science, natural history, anthropology and more on the Museum’s website!

The Children’s Museum Houston

  • February 17 – Black History Experience: Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the African diaspora. Explore the creativity, resilience and ongoing journey of the African American community through interactive art, music, food and compelling stories.
  • February 18-24 – National Engineers WonderWeek: Dive into the fascinating world of engineering – a creative profession dedicated to crafting ingenious solutions that shape the future. Learn how engineers dream up and design everything from bridges to robots to video games, quietly revolutionizing the way we live!
  • March 9-17 – Spring Break Blast: Adventure awaits curious young explorers at the Children’s Museum Houston’s weeklong Spring Break Blast! This jam-packed celebration sparks creativity with performing arts shows, hands-on science experiments, and action-packed activities guaranteed to educate and entertain.
  • March 12 – Cosmic Dust Throwdown: Get swept up in a whirlwind of vibrant exhilaration at the Cosmic Color Fest! Toss colorful powders into the air, igniting joyful explosions that paint the day.

See the full event calendar at https://www.cmhouston.org/events!

21+ events

On February 18, enjoy a delicous brunch with cocktails and say howdy to the Houston Zoo’s adorable Ambassador Animals and their zookeepers. Come dressed in your cowboy boots and denim for this Texas-size celebration supporting wildlife conservation efforts. Tickets start at $55.

Then on April 5, continue the wild festivities at the Houston Zoo’s Feasts with the Beasts event. At this one-of-a-kind foodie happening, sample bites from 40 top local restaurants while enjoying exclusive after-hours access to zoo habitats and special animal encounters. Talented musicians will perform across the grounds, setting a lively ambiance for the ultimate dining experience. Tickets start at $149.

For more events in the Houston Museum District and beyond, check out our Houston Events guide.

More information on arts destinations in Houston

Lodgeur also has a blog post on where to stay to visit the Houston museums or how to take the METRORail to the Museum District. We also share our favorite restaurants in the Museum District.

Check out our blog post about getting to Houston’s Museum District on the METRORail. For more on Houston’s art, check out our blog posts on unique art twins, hidden art stops in Houston, and the Bayou City Art Festival.

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