Get in the Zone at the Museum Experience: Museum District’s new quarterly events offer unique way to explore Houston museums

August 15, 2013 by  
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Museumexpereince_children'sHOUSTON – August 13, 2013 — The fourth and final Museum Experience of 2013 – featuring five museums in Zone 4 as well as Hermann Park and Miller Outdoor Theatre — takes center stage Saturday, Sept. 28.

Featured museums include the Children’s Museum of Houston, The Health Museum, Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Zoo and Rice University Art Gallery. The District has also partnered with neighboring Hermann Park and Miller Outdoor Theatre to enhance the day’s activities. There will be special programming, special offers and free pedicab rides to make the day memorable for the entire family.

Visitors may pick up a special offers coupon at any of the participating Zone 4 museums on the day of the event – valid only on September 28.

Activities and discounts for Zone 4 Museum Experience include:

Children’s Museum of Houston — 1500 Binz Street

Celebrate the Nutrition Expo with chefs, food tasting, cooking demos, nutrition experts and more. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and continues through 6 p.m. Take $1 off the price of one admission for up to 6 people. Save up to $6.

The Health Museum — 1515 Hermann Drive

Half off ticket price and save 10% on purchases at the Amazing Body Store! Step into the role of a disease fighting detective in the new fall exhibit; Disease Detectives. Participate in cool health and wellness activities with Toni the Healthy Eating Cart and her pal Ms. Salad. Be a part of the For movement and inspire others to make Houston an even better city. Get an up close view of the exciting science of your brain, lungs and body nutrition at our Discovery Carts! All activities will be going on from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Houston Museum of Natural Science — 5555 Hermann Park Drive

Explore the ruins of ancient Egypt, stand face-to-face with a Tyrannosaurus rex and marvel at dazzling gems and minerals. Visitors will enjoy half off admission to the museum’s permanent exhibit halls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

me_zooHouston Zoo — 6200 Hermann Park Drive  

Learn how the Zoo staff keeps animals active, healthy and happy during Enrichment Day presented by Chase. This event, from 9 a.m. to 3p.m., is included with paid Zoo admission and is free for Zoo members.

Rice University Art Gallery – 6100 Main Street

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. guests are invited to free gallery talks about the current art installation. Cool off in the Rice Gallery Cubicle video space, and check out a selection of family-friendly short films. An interactive creative writing activity for children of all ages led by Mary Wemple will be offered from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery will offer free ice cream – while supplies last.

Take the Hermann Park Railroad from the Houston Museum of Natural Science to Rice Gallery to the Zoo and Lake Plaza. The train will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the fare is $3.25 per person. Stop by the park’s Pinewood Café for small cup of vanilla soft serve at half price.

While you’re in the Park, enjoy from two performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre. At 11:00am, Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico presents “Amanecer Colombiano.” Round out your day at the museums with an evening performance when Dance of Asian America presents “Splendid China” at 8 p.m.

The Museum Experience, a series of quarterly events initiated this year, replaced the Museum District’s annual open house. It divides the 19 museums of Houston’s Museum District into four walkable “zones” making the area even easier to explore.

On the last Saturday of January, April, July and September, each event showcases a handful of museums. Visitors are encouraged to walk or bike between venues, when possible.

Ticketed museums will be charging admission fees unless otherwise stated. Visitors should note that 11 of the museums are free every day and the other eight offer free times.

The Houston Museum District Association , which represents 19 organizations, hosts the Museum Experience.

“We have such amazing and diverse museums in the district,” Laurette Cañizares, the group’s executive director, explained. “The Museum Experience is a great way to sample what the museums offer year-round.”

Visit  for more information.
About the Houston Museum District Association

The Houston Museum District Association works collaboratively with 19 museums, all within a 1.5-mile radius of the Mecom Fountain. The nonprofit was formed in 1997 with a mission to maximize the artistic, scientific and educational resources of the Houston Museum District institutions for both residents and visitors. For more information, visit

Attached photos courtesy of the Houston Museum District Association. 

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