The museum district in Houston is home to the city’s best cultural venues that include museums, galleries and other educational centers. The Museum of Fine Arts offers some of the best international and ancient collections of art in the city of Houston. At this museum, visitors can adore the works of great European masters and also enjoy modern amenities such as films and movies in state of the art theaters. The Contemporary Arts Museum offers the best collection of modern Continue reading
Firefighting enthusiasts in the Houston area can visit the Houston Fire Museum and absorb the colorful history of the city\’s fire service. While enjoying numerous exhibits, or a guided tour, you can appreciate the important service Houston\’s firefighters have provided throughout the years.
The Houston Fire Museum is located in the former Fire Station No. 7 building at 2403 Milam Street, a two-story structure completed in 1898. In 1899, it began serving as Houston\’s first fully paid fire station, housing Hose Wagon No.7 and Steamer No. 7, each drawn by two horses.
Between the two bays was once a leisure area, but this was modified in 1926 to house a new chemical engine, to be ridden by a pair of battalion chiefs. The old No. 7 station continued serving until it was replaced by a newer one in 1969.
In 1980, conversion of the building into a fire museum began under the supervision of Captain Calvin Mendel. Now fully renovated, the Houston Fire Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. Although a new Fire Museum is planned, the old building will remain open to visitors after being restored to its 1899 appearance, complete with vintage hose wagon and steamer.
In a city as large as Houston, Texas, there are so many different sights to see. Out of all Houston has to offer, here are five of the city\’s best tourist attractions.
Kemah Boardwalk – Open daily, this waterfront complex offers a busy day of fun. You will find carnival rides, games, shopping and many delicious restaurants.
Galleria – If you want to shop head to the famous Galleria. They have over 375 stores and places to eat. Try the indoor skating rink, the perfect opportunity Continue reading
\”I want to reach as many people as possible with the message of music, of wonderful opera.\” Luciano Pavarotti
The Houston Grand Opera has reached thousands of people through wonderful opera and the message of music, and has gained both national and international acclaim, and is the only opera company to have received a Tony, two Grammy awards, and two Emmy awards. In addition to its other achievements, HGO has toured the world.
The company\’s phenomenal success can be attributed to the theatrical aspirations envisioned by its original supporters–Edward Bing, a local opera singer and teacher, Mrs. Louis G. Continue reading
When visiting Houston, Texas, food is usually the first thing on any tourist’s mind. Houston offers travelers a huge menu with the trendiest spots, places locals frequent, BBQ joints and unique eateries.
Hugo’s is one of Houston’s trendiest restaurants because of its authentic Mexican dishes and extensive wine list. Hugo’s adds unique flourishes to traditional dishes to offer memorable food selections.
Rainbow Lodge offers a classic Houston dinning experience because of its log cabin appearance and impressive selection of wild game and seafood. Locals enjoy the traditional tastes that have been creatively Continue reading
Originally named the “Manned Spacecraft Center”, the Johnson Space Center (as we know it today) was established in 1961. The Center was constructed to aid the United States in the race to the moon. Over 20 sites competed to be the location for be the base for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), but in late September of 1961 Houston, Texas won becoming the home for the “Manned Spacecraft Center”. Due to all of his support as a Texan native and Vice President and President of the United States the “Manned Spacecraft Center” changed its name in 1973 to Continue reading
The Houston Astrodome, now also known as the Reliant Astrodome, was revolutionary and the first of its kind when it first opened in 1965. It was the world\’s first domed multi-purpose sports stadium. The Astrodome is located in Houston, Texas and took over 2 years to build. It was created as a place for both baseball and football teams to play as baseball games were often getting rained out. The idea was born in 1952 by Roy Hofheinz, who was the mayor of Houston at the time. He even had an apartment in the stadium, Continue reading