This leading science and space learning institution is the official visitor center of NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and Mission Control. The Space Center offers a captivating look into the world’s largest space program – attractions include interactive exhibits, astronaut artifacts, space simulators, the Northrop Grumman IMAX Theater, and Martian Matrix, a kid’s play area. Diehard space fans should consider doing a “Level 9 Tour”, which provides an in-depth look at NASA and Mission Control.
There’s no beating Houston for the best museums in all of Texas. Houston is a mega-city, and with a mega-city comes top-notch exhibits, restaurants worth flying in for, endless things to do (both for kids and adults), and culture to the max. Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas may have a lot to offer by way of museums in the Lone Star State, but Houston has virtually everything covered.
The quality is world-class, and many of them are free to enter (or offer special free days and discounts), making them extra accessible. Though you’ll find exhibits dotted all over town, the Museum District is where the core of it lies. This leafy, quiet neighborhood between the Texas Medical Center and Rice University contains 18 museums within a 1.5-mile radius. From here to the edges of the city, there’s a museum to suit nearly everyone’s interests – whether you’re fascinated by great art, Texas culture, space, or even funeral history.