The Best Museums for Active Adults to Visit in Houston


In Houston, active adults can explore some of the country’s most celebrated museums. The city is home to more than 150 museums and cultural institutions. Whether retirees are drawn to art, history, or science, or want to take their grandkids to a world-class children’s museum, they can find it in Houston. The Houston Museum District draws more than seven million annual visitors, making it one of the country’s top cultural destinations. Here are just a handful of museums active adults should visit in Houston.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

At the Houston Museum of Natural Science, active adults can browse 16 permanent exhibitions, experience the vastness of space in an awe-inspiring planetarium, wander through a Butterfly Center that contains a rainforest habitat with hundreds of butterflies, or take in a spectacular film at Houston’s first IMAX theater, which boasts incredible 3D images nearly eight stories high. Active adults can feed their minds at the museum’s Distinguished Lectures, behind-the-scenes tours, cultural dining experiences, and robust day excursions.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is a must-see for active adults with a passion for art and history. Founded in 1900, this museum contains more than 65,000 works from six continents. Pieces span more than 6,000 years, providing visitors with a fascinating glimpse of art created around the world, from antiquity to present-day. Patrons have a generous calendar of museum events to consider, or active adults can plan to attend a Lunch + Look session and enjoy free same-day general admission.

Children’s Museum of Houston

To make some fun and lasting memories with their grandkids, active adults need only plan a day at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Dedicated to engaging children up to 12 years old through interactive and bilingual displays, the museum features numerous attractions to delight kids of all ages. At the Matter Factory, families can discover the different properties of molecules and atoms, and in Kidtropolis, grandkids can step into roles as a shopkeeper, voter, city leader, and more. For grandchildren under age three, TotSpot is the perfect place to let them interact with mirrors, toy around with doorbells and knobs, and fine-tune their motor skills in a ball pit.

Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

Founded in 1948, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston is a non-collecting museum committed to providing visitors to the best international, national, and regional contemporary art. Active adults can enjoy free admission and spend the day contemplating and admiring a variety of work from different cultures and backgrounds. The museum provides an enthralling look at work from all kinds of artists ranging from South African videographers and German painters to Houston sculptors.

The Health Museum

Situated in the Museum District of Houston, The Health Museum stands out as an interactive science center and a member institution of the Texas Medical Center. Whether active adults previously worked in healthcare or just want to learn more about health, medicine, and the human body’s inner workings, this museum provides an array of enthralling exhibits. Active adults can stroll through a brain and eyeball, and test their memory, reflexes, and more. Through the museum’s Wellness Program, active adults learn how to focus their attention and release stressful thoughts and emotions.

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