Museum District Open House

The museums in the Houston Museum District are planning their tenthannual open house Saturday. It's the one day a year people can visit any or all the museums --for free--, as Houston Public Radio's Jim Bell reports.

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Houston's Museum District is spread out over several square miles around Hermann Park. There are museums covering almost every area of human endeavor, ranging from art of all kinds from modern to ancient, science, medicine, philosophy, nature, history, contemporary crafts -- there's even a weather museum, and a museum just for children. Museum District Association Director Susan Young says the open house is for people who may not be aware of all of them.

"What Houston has is extremely unusual. Many people are familiar with the Children's Museum, or the Museum of Natural Science, or the Museum of Fine Arts, but we have sixteen different museums. It's one of the best kept secrets in Houston, to say nothing of around the country."

Young says depending on the weather, the open house will attract thousands of people.

"You know on a really big day we'll have 80 thousand visits. So all the museums kind of keep count of how people have come through their doors, and about the biggest number we've had is 80 thousand."

The open house runs from 10am till 5pm. Young recommends parking in any one of the parking areas in the museum district and taking the free shuttle buses around to the various museums. Or, park in the South Fannin Park and Ride lot for two dollars and take Metro Rail to the Museum District. There's more information about the open house, and each of the museums, on our website KUHF dot org.

Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.