Houston is known for its collection of diverse museums, art galleries and gardens. Many locals may not know that there are some days and times where you can get completely free admission to these top attractions. Here is a list of some of our favorite museums for the next time you’re looking for something fun to do on a budget. Many of the city’s museums are just a short drive from the AMLI’s Houston apartments. Without further ado, here is when you can get free admission to many Houston museums.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Drive
Free on Thursdays from 2-5pm
Get access to the Houston Museum of Natural Science permanent exhibits for free. Walk through the Hall of Ancient Egypt, Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, Welch Hall of Chemistry and so much more—there are 17 permanent exhibits to explore. Plan to spend at least two hours to see it all. Take the 20-minute subway ride from Montrose Boulevard at Dallas Street to Main Street at Remington Lane from our Buffalo Bayou apartments at AMLI City Vista.

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

1001 Bissonnet St.
Free from 10am-9pm every Thursday
Get free general admission from open until close every Thursday. The Museum of Fine Arts is filled with impressive collections that can be enjoyed by all ages. In the evening hours, the museum hosts a free happy hour where you can drink cocktails and grab a bite at a food truck, before or after browsing the latest art exhibitions.

The Health Museum

1515 Hermann Drive
Free from 2-7pm every Thursday 
Anyone who has an interest in science or the human body should not miss this museum. Learn the inner workings of the human body with real lab experiments and demonstrations. There are also many exhibits all about health and diseases. The DeBakey Cell Lab lets you get up close with cellular biology with hands-on stations to experiment.

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The Houston Zoo

6200 Hermann Park Drive
Free from noon to close on the first Tuesday of each month (September to May)
Get outside on a Tuesday afternoon and explore the Houston Zoo for free. There are over 6,000 animals that call the zoo home, including amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and more. See the wide variety of animals and habitats and learn about the animals of our world. From our Memorial Heights apartments, take a 10-minute ride on the METRORail from Main Street and Sunset Boulevard to Montrose Boulevard at Allen Parkway.

Houston Center for Photography

1441 W. Alabama St.
Free every day
View exhibits from well known international and local photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Not only can you see professional work, but also emerging photography from young artists. This museum is a great place for any photography or art enthusiast to learn and find their latest inspiration. It’s an easy 1-mile walk from AMLI’s apartments in River Oaks.

The Menil Collection

1533 Sul Ross St.
Free every day
Not only does the Menial Collection house fantastic art exhibits, but the museum also hosts concerts and poetry readings and has ample green space to explore. The Menil Collection has a rotating cast of special exhibitions that change throughout the year, as well as a permanent collection that’s there to stay. Find this popular museum located just over 2 miles south from AMLI’s Montrose apartments or 5 miles east of AMLI Uptown.

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Free Admission to Many Houston Museums

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