The Museum District
Pedestrian Friendly Cultural District
There are a few words that sum up Houston quite nicely: oil and gas, food, medicine and museums. Houston’s Museum District is one of the most visited spots in Houston, and for good reason; there is so much to see and do in the area and it’s always changing.
The Houston Museum District Association (HMDA) has 19 museums, and is all pretty much walkable through the gorgeous oak-lined boulevards, making it the perfect way to spend an afternoon or entire weekend in the city. The Museum District is located between Downtown Houston and The Texas Medical Center and is considered one of the largest walkable cultural districts in the entire U.S.
These world class institutions are much more affordable than you think; they all offer free times (check here for free admission times), and host various specialty events throughout the year. In fact, back in 2014, 1.7 million visitors enjoyed the museums at no cost, so it’s worth it to check out the free times and exhibits, especially if you’re visiting with the entire family.
The district is a huge part of Houston and surrounding communities, hosting nearly 7 million visitors and having a $371+ million economic impact on the city (according to the HMDA website). It’s no wonder it’s one of Houston’s most proud and well-sought areas to visit and share with tourists.
A unique way to visit and explore the Museum District is by bicycle, weather permitting of course. The area houses several B-Cycle stations located within close proximity to the Museum District, where visitors can check out “share bikes” and get exercise and fresh air pedalling from museum to museum. Though there is parking in the area, this is just a beautiful way to take in all the surrounding areas, go on a picnic and just enjoy the area.
According to the HMDA website, there are four stations in the main area, with a total of 48 bikes. There are 29 kiosk stations to check out bikes immediately by using a credit card and guests can take off and park/lock up their bikes when and where they feel like it.
There are also some great stops throughout the area for food and beverage options (try Bistro Menil, Lucille’s or Barnaby’s), making it a true Houston experience and one you won’t soon forget. While the District itself is most definitely worth a visit, they make an effort to remind visitors and locals that Art is Everywhere, helping everyone get a real sense of culture and city pride no matter where they spend the day.