When it’s time to recharge or hit that reset button, as I like to imagine it, where do you go? My favorite recharging spaces have at least two of the following: trees, water, space, art and history. Good thing I live in the Heights, right?
Sometimes, a fresh view is needed to appreciate what you already have. While looking for new things to try that meet my stringent criteria, I stumbled across the website for The Houston Museum District Association, aka HMDA.
Formed in 1997, HMDA has 19 member museums located within an approximate 1.5-mile radius of the Mecom Fountain in Hermann Park. Initially, I was browsing the website with the intent of my personal visit when I realized I must share this treasure trove with you!
Go to Houmuse.org and click Daily Inspiration in the center of the page, then Houston Loves Museums and bam – you are given a list of over 100 Houston museums!
Too much? Click the visit link and preview the 19 member museums that are divided into four walkable zones. This website is easy to view on your phone, including the map with popups naming each museum, the address and link to hours and more.
Want to take your friends or family on a tour guided by you? Navigate to the Insider’s Guide – great ideas for exploring and tidbits of information.
Here’s a great story about “Sound Figure” an acoustic work by artist Max Neuhaus, at the entrance to The Menil Collection. This installation is invisible, but can be “heard” as you approach the main entrance. Shh, keep quiet so you hear it!
From the website, “Neuhaus first met the late Dominique de Menil at a dinner party in New York in the 1970s. When the artist described his recently installed sound work “Walkthrough” at a Brooklyn subway station, de Menil ordered the whole dinner party to get up and visit the work. She ordered 10 limousines to transport everyone to Brooklyn.”
Reason enough to accept more dinner party invitations, right? I’m taking off for a week or maybe two, to follow my own advice. On my return, I’ll fill you in on my adventures. Follow me on Instagram for quicker updates @artvalet. Side-note: many of the museums are free on Thursdays, and at least ten are free all of the time. Visit these other websites for area information: ArtsHound.com and VisitHouston.com
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com