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Cultural Activities

Houston Civic and Cultural Center
The Center covers 16 blocks in the downtown area. Attractions include Tranquility Park, commemorating the Apollo moon landing, 1939 art deco-style City Hall, Alley Theater, Jones Hall for the Performing Arts and the Wortham Center. 

Performing Arts - Downtown
The Houston area offers many activities for those with interests in music, dance, art, theater, and film. For weekly listings, check the entertainment sections of the Houston Chronicle or Houston Press or call the telephone numbers listed below:  

Alley TheaterThe Houston Metropolitan Dance Center
615 Texas Ave.
Performances by a professional theater company.
1202 Calumet at San Jacinto
Specializes in jazz dance.
Houston BalletHouston Grand Opera
501 Texas Ave.
Fifth largest ballet company in the U.S. Performs in the Wortham Center at 500 Texas Avenue, September through May.
510 Preston, Suite 500
Productions run from September through June in the Wortham Center.
Houston Symphony OrchestraSociety for the Performing Arts
Houston's oldest performing arts group. Season runs September through May. Most performances in Jones Hall (615 Louisiana Ave.).
Offers a diversified series in Jones Hall. Performances are held throughout the year.

Theater District Parking

Parking is available at the Civic Center Underground or Alley Theater Parking Garage for $5.00. There is also limited free on-street parking during evening hours and weekends as indicated on curbside signs. 


Comedy Showcase

 Laff Stop

11460 Fuqua, #300
526 Waugh Dr.
Radio Music Theatre


2623 Colquitt 

Other Entertainment

Miller Outdoor Theatre  
100 Concert Drive
Features free music and dance performances under the stars during warm months. Free tickets available at 11 a.m. on performance days.
Rice University 

Shepherd School of Music
Rice Players

Small orchestra ensembles, chamber music, as well as theater performances. 
University of Houston 

Moores School of Music
School of Theater

Small orchestra ensembles, chamber music, as well as theater performances.


Contemporary Arts Museum
5216 Montrose Blvd. 
Located in the heart of the museum district. Free admission.
The Museum of Fine Arts
1001 Bissonnet at Main 
Admission fee. Thursday free admission. Children 5 and under free at all times.
The Menil Collection
1515 Sul Ross 
Showcases exhibits from the legendary private collection of John and Dominique de Menil, ranging from prehistoric to modern times with emphasis on modern art. Free admission. 

The Houston Museum of Natural Science

One Hermann Circle Drive

One of the largest museums of natural science in the Southwest. The museum also houses the Museum of Health & Medical Science on the second floor, Burke Baker Planetarium, the Schwing Reading Room and the IMAX theater. Admission fee.
Rothko Chapel

1409 Sul Ross St.

Designed as an ecumenical center, features paintings by Mark Rothko.
The Children's Museum
1500 Binz
Designed especially for children. Admission fee.

Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens

1 Westcott St. 
Fully restored home of Miss Ima Hogg, featuring several thousand objects, including furniture, paintings, glass and textiles from 1620 to 1870. Beautiful gardens. Admission fee.

Holocaust Museum Houston

5401 Caroline
Lives Remembered: Photographs of a Small Town in Poland, 1897 - 1937. Permanent exhibition,Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers and the film Voices.

John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science

1515 Hermann Drive
An interactive museum featuring walk-throughs of the Amazing Body Pavilion and other displays, including the new Safetytown U.S.A. Miniclasses for all ages every 60 minutes. Admission fee.
The Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum
4011 Yupon at Branard
Eastern Orthodox chapel housing two 13th-century frescos from Cyprus restored by the Menil Foundation. 

Several theaters show art films. The Rice Media Center, 713-348-4882, offers movies; the River Oaks Theater, 2009 W. Gray 713-524-2175, shows new releases, classics and foreign films; River Oaks Plaza, 1450 W. Gray, 713-524-8781, shows first run and foreign films; the Greenway 3, 5 East Greenway Plaza, 713-626-0402, shows foreign and American films. The Museum of Fine Arts has a weekend film series, and the Alley Theater runs a summer film series. Most malls have movie theaters.

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