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Contemporary Art Museum Houston

The Contemporary Art Museum Houston located in the Museum District showcases a wide variety of art, often before the artists are known by the world at large. It is one of the oldest museums of its kind, starting in 1948 as a collaborative effort of Houstonians interested in exhibiting contemporary art.

The CAMH museum building itself is a piece of unique art, a stainless steel parallelogram structure designed by Gunnar Birkerts, opening in 1972.

As explained by Bill Arning, CAMH’s Director, “CAMH is artist-activated, curator-driven and audience responsive. We exist to take the vast field of contemporary art and frame it into clear stories to which our audience can relate and respond.”

CAMH looks to focus on the best and most exciting international, national and regional art and connect them to audiences through varied exhibitions and accessible educational programs. The museum hosts a variety of art events–from artist talks and lectures, musical and dance performances, and hands-on workshops.

Visitor Tips

Admission to the non-profit Contemporary Art Museum Houston is free, though they have a suggested donation amount of five dollars per person.

CAMH is not a large space, and it is easy to visit in combination with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, which has its own modern works. The museums are on the opposite corner from each other. The Cullen Sculpture Garden is also nearby.

The CAMH Museum Shop may be one of the best museum shops in the city. It is a small space but full of books and periodicals on contemporary art and a wide variety of unique gifts, including artist and designer made jewelry, and toys and games for children.

As CAMH is a non-collecting institution, the exhibits change frequently. Please check their calendar for dates to see what exhibits and events they are hosting.

Please note that due to the controversial and emotional issues that are often reflected in contemporary art, some of the exhibits may not be appropriate for younger visitors. Family Guides are available for free at the CAMH front desk and are meant to encourage discussion of the art being shown.

The CAMH Museum Shop may be one of the best museum shops in the city. It is not big but full of books and periodicals on contemporary art and a wide variety of unique gifts, including artist and designer made jewelry and toys and games for children.

Contemporary Art Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 284-8250
http://camh.org

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