June 06, 2018 Slideshows » Arts

25 Texas Museums Every San Antonian Should Visit at Least Once 

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The museums in Texas are some of the best in the country and it would be a shame for anyone to miss out on them. If you're looking for some educational summer fun, here are 25 art-filled museums perfect for roadtripping.
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Blaffer Art Museum
4173 Elgin St., Houston, blafferartmuseum.org
Located in the Arts District of the University of Houston campus, the Blaffer Art Museum exhibits student work next to national and international art.
Photo via Instagram / johnreadsart
The Contemporary Austin
Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave., and Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St., Austin, thecontemporaryaustin.com
Consisting of an art school and two locations, Contemporary Austin provides exhibits, collections and educational opportunities focused on contemporary art to the area.
Photo via Instagram / annyach
Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts
511 Avenue K., Lubbock, lhuca.org
This non-profit allows guests to peruse artwork or enjoy dance, meditation and clay sculpting classes within its theater and event spaces.
Photo via Instagram / takjamesss
Museum of Western Art
1550 Bandera Hwy., Kerrville, museumofwesternart.com
The Museum of Western Art highlights the American West through artifacts and work by regional artists. The building itself is an architectural work of art comprised of heavy timbers and limestone work, causing the museum to resemble forts of the past.
Photo via Instagram / yatesdigital
Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Austin, blantonmuseum.org
The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the U.S. boasting a large collection of Latin American, European and American Contemporary art.
Photo via Instagram / lucaseilersdesign
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N. Field St., Dallas, perotmuseum.org
Consisting of two campuses, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science brings the best of science to Texas. Through interactive exhibits, such as an anatomical display titled “Being Human”, the museum provides educational experiences for all ages.
Photo via Instagram / leavitt2mephotagraphy
The Old Jail Art Center
201 S. 2nd St. Albany, theojac.org
European, Asian and Pre-Columbian art can be found within Shackelford County’s first permanent jail building. The work of young, rising artists is also displayed within the museum. Photo via Instagram / mklberg
The Art Museum of South Texas
1902 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, artmuseumofsouthtexas.org
The Art Museum of South Texas showcases permanent collections and special exhibits focused on art from South Texas and Mexico. The museum also offers a variety of educational programs for children and school groups.
Photo via Instagram / artmuseumofsouthtexas
Beeville Art Museum
401 E Fannin St., Beeville, bamtexas.org
Despite its size, Beeville Art Museum is bursting with Texas-specific work created with the Lone Star State in mind.
Photo via Instagram / beevilleartmuseum
Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 Congress Ave., Austin, thestoryoftexas.com/
Bullock Texas State History Museum delivers a Texas twist on the museum formula with exhibits celebrating the t
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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, fwmuseum.org
Interested in the universe? This museum’s Noble Planetarium, Omni Theater and Star Cafe are just a few stellar attractions designed to keep space lovers entertained. Who knew our solar system was so cool?
Photo via Instagram / the_keto_carnivore
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Montrose Blvd., Houston, camh.org
The Contemporary Arts Museum hosts a multitude of visual artist exhibits representing modern themes and styles. The museum strives to document the way art changes through time while noting the fluidity of its direction.
Photo via Instagram / tory.m.treybig
Meadows Museum
5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, meadowsmuseumdallas.org
The Meadows Museum hosts one of the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, a treasury that includes work by Picasso, Ribera and El Greco. Other key points of interest are the museum’s renaissance altarpieces, Baroque canvases and impressionist landscapes.
Photo via Instagram / serbianturbofunk
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas, dma.org
The Dallas Museum of Art is comprised of 24,000 pieces dating from the third millennium BC to now. The museum also houses a non-circulating research library containing over 50,000 volumes which are available to curators and the general public.
Photo via Instagram / briancloss
Science Mill
101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, sciencemill.org
Science Mill’s mission is to expand a child’s love for science through interactive exhibits, games and activities. The mill puts an emphasis on STEM-based learning through programs such as a fossil dig and a cell phone disco.
Photo via Instagram / lifeanchored
National Museum of the Pacific War
340 E Main St., Fredericksburg, pacificwarmuseum.org
History buffs are sure to enjoy this museum’s re-creation of World War II’s Pacific island battlefield, as well as a Japanese garden of peace which was a gift from the Japanese government.
Photo via Instagram / txhistcomm
Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, kimbellart.org
The Kimbell Art Museum hosts both permanent and traveling exhibits, including an extensive collection of European artwork. Distinguished work from Michelangelo, Monet and Picasso can be found within this museum.
Photo via Instagram / krikripham
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, mfah.org
This morbid display is part of only one interesting exhibit that the Museum of Fine Arts has to offer. Are you scared to see the others? Don’t be! The museum has a wide variety of art from all over the world.
Photo via Instagram / hmns
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, themodern.org
Post-World War II art representing various themes, styles and movements can be found within the walls of this contemporary museum.
Photo via Instagram / blessedcig
The Bryan Museum
201 S. 2nd St., Galveston, thebryanmuseum.org
Located within the historic Galveston Orphans Home, this museum presents a chronological history of Texas and the American West while emphasising the Spanish influence over the area. The collection includes saddles, antique firearms and over 20,000 rare books.
Photo via Instagram / starinajohnson
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The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St., Houston, menil.org
More than 17,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs collected by John de Menil and Dominique de Menil are housed on the Menil’s 30-acre campus. Antiques and artwork from the Byzantine, Medieval and Tribal periods are among the collection’s most distinguished work.
Photo via Instagram / cam_the_conservator
Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz St., Houston, cmhouston.org
The Children’s Museum of Houston, also known as the “Playground for your Mind”, has 90,000 square feet of displays designed to captivate children ages 12 and under. The museum’s mission is to teach kids about the world around them while facilitating a life-long love for learning.
Photo via Instagram / childrensmuseumhouston
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
1 Love St, San Angelo, samfa.org
The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts serves 14 counties with an education wing, a research library and a rooftop sculpture collection.
Photo via Instagram / rosedisanto
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
2503 4th Ave., Canyon, panhandleplains.org
The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum documents the rich history of the Texas Panhandle. Paleontology, weapons of the past and a celebration of Native American culture, titled “People of the Plains”, can be found within the historical center.
Photo via Instagram / jodyhalsted
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
100 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco, texasranger.org
As you might have guessed from its name, this Waco museum celebrates the beloved Texas Rangers with artifacts, documents and art recounting the history of the force.
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Blaffer Art Museum
4173 Elgin St., Houston, blafferartmuseum.org
Located in the Arts District of the University of Houston campus, the Blaffer Art Museum exhibits student work next to national and international art.
Photo via Instagram / johnreadsart

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