FUN FILLED FREE MUSEUM DAY @Houston Museum District

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Well, we have returned from a very adventurous spring break getaway! We visited a few of many museums that offer free admission on Thursdays, in the Houston Museum District. If you plan in advance, you will be able to get the most out of your day. The first time we visited the museums was during the summer. The area kids were out of school, and the museums were a little crowded. Our second visit was during our spring break and we seemed to have the museums to ourselves. We breezed through our museum district itinerary like a pro!

Average savings for my family (1 adult and 5 children): MFAH $15/adult ($15), HMNS $25/adult $15/child ($100), The Health Museum $10/adult $8/child ($55), CMHouston $12/adult $12/ child ($72), HMAAC free, Total Savings=$242

We started with our visit at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). Parking was a breeze in the parking garage for a small fee. We arrived at the museum at 11:30 a.m. and were able to view cool displays and participate in the kid friendly activities around the museum. We wrapped up our visit at about 1:45 pm and headed over to The Houston Museum of Natural Science(HMNS).

We only spent about one hour at this museum, because the kids were more than excited to get to The Health Museum. I have to admit, being a healthcare professional, I was excited to go to the there, too. We arrived at the The Health Museum at about 3:15 pm, after finding parking in a free lot. We were greeted by many staff members, who directed us into a huge blow up object. By the time we were well into the blow up object, I realized it was a giant model of a breast. The volunteers were very informative about awareness and stages of breast cancer. There were many more tables, booths and great information along with exhibits about the entire body and systems. We left the health museum at about 4:45 pm and arrived at the children's museum shortly after.

The children’s museum was a short walk, the next building over from The Health Museum. When we arrived at the Children’s Museum of Houston, I was a little overwhelmed with the colors and the crowd. The kids had no apprehension and ran to join the crowds and fun. We visited interactive exhibits indoors, then went to the outdoors courtyard area. There was a really inexpensive concession stand with popcorn, drinks and fruit popsicles. By the time we left, the kid’s energy levels were wearing down. We definitely needed more than two hours to do everything at the Children’s Museum of Houston. We will be visiting again, quite soon.

Our last stop was the Houston Museum of African American Culture. We visited this museum for a total of 45 minutes. I wish we had more time but the kids were outdone. I would say we had a pretty fun- filled day for FREE!