Houston is blessed with a number of exciting and interesting museums. History, art, cultural exploration and science are cornerstones of the Houston museum experience. Our museums offer one of a kind opportunities to interact with and view spectacular elements of the natural world,human history and innovation.
I encourage everyone to explore Houston’s hidden gems – museums you might not have visited, but should.
1940 Air Terminal Museum
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is a beautiful transformation of the original Houston Municipal Airport (now William P. Hobby Airport) terminal and hangars. Built as Houston’s first international airport by city leaders over 70 years ago, Hobby has had an exciting history which has transformed it into one of America’s favorite airports and hub for Southwest Airlines.
The terminal contains notable aviation memorabilia, and offers a glimpse back to the days when flying was a glamorous privilege. Artifacts of aviation history, both scientific and cultural, are on display. The museum also features a collection of historic photographs documents, videos as well as tours of the 1928 air mail hangar.
The terminal’s main lobby, a restored Art Deco atrium can also be rented for parties and special events. Visitors also get an up-close look at the current Hobby Airport from the building’s location at the end of the runway.
You can visit the 1940 Air Terminal Museum Online by clicking here. Guided tours are available to help you step back in time and enjoy aviation history. The museum is located at Hobby Airport at 8325 Travelair Street.
Houston Fire Museum
The Houston Fire Museum got its start in 1898 as Houston Fire Station Number 7, three years after the City of Houston transformed its fire department into a paid, professional organization. The two story building is a great example of early Houston Romanesque architecture.
No longer functioning, visitors can tour this historic station. When visiting, be sure to view the 1937 model Chevrolet pumper truck, a true artifact of fire fighting history. You will also find 19th century fire fighting equipment, and an 1895 model Ahrens Fox horse-drawn steamer, used by Houston’s first professional fire fighters over 100 years ago.
Fire safety and prevention education is a large part of the museum’s mission. You can learn more about the life of a building fire, from beginning to end, and learn fire prevention strategies for your home and office.
You can visit the museum’s website by clicking here. The Houston Fire Museum is located in Midtown at 2403 Milam Street.
Houston Maritime Museum
The Houston Maritime Museum is a great place to learn about the influence and achievements on the high seas.
The museum features over 150 model ships from periods throughout history, as well as offshore drilling platforms and other maritime artifacts. Currently, the museum is featuring a special exhibit on the history of the Houston Ship Channel and Port of Houston – America’s most successful port. The special exhibit begins with the early docks of 1820s Houston through the creation of one of the world’s largest sea ports.
Other features include ships of the Texas Navy and the boats of ancient Middle Eastern and Asian history.
Shipping and transportation is a vital element of Houston’s economy and way of life. The Houston Maritime Museum features this important element of Houston’s history and future and has exhibits just for kids.
The Houston Maritime Museum can be found online by clicking here and is located in the Medical Center area at 2204 Dorrington.