Arts and Museums in Houston
The downtown Theater District is at the heart of the city's urban renaissance. Host to more than 200 cultural, visual and professional performing arts organizations, the district brings the best of international, national and regional entertainment to the stages of Houston. Wortham Center is home to the Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera , the only opera company in the country to win Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards. Jesse H. Jones Hall houses the world-renowned Houston Symphony ; and, the Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre is one of the nation's best residential theater companies. The $102 million Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art facility for touring theatrical productions of the Houston Broadway Series and for the producer of musical theater, Theatre Under the Stars.
Further enhancing leisure-time options in downtown Houston is Bayou Place, a 130,000-square-foot entertainment facility. The popular gathering spot features a variety of restaurants as well as the Verizon Wireless Theater for bands and artists like Dave Matthews Band and Rob Thomas.
Fine Arts Calendar from the Houston Chronicle
Fresh Arts Coalition - news about the Houston art scene
Artshound - Cultural Arts Council of Houston
The Houston Museum District , a tree-lined, three-square-mile area, incorporates museums (including the Rice Gallery), featuring outstanding collections and exhibitions of art, nature, science, medicine and history. Highlights include the Menil Collection , one of the most important privately assembled art collections of the 20th century, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston , which houses the largest permanent collection in the Southwest and hosts major traveling exhibitions. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is the only museum in Texas solely devoted to exhibiting and interpreting contemporary art. Science and nature buffs flock to the Houston Museum of Natural Science , one of the most highly attended attractions in the country, with more than 2.3 million visitors annually. The museum showcases the Burke Baker Planetarium, featuring laser shows set to popular music; the eight-story Wortham IMAX Theater; and the Cockrell Butterfly Center.