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Texas Offers a Variety of Museums and Aquariums

Just about every town in Texas is home to a museum. Traditional museums on topics such as history and science abound, as do museums celebrating the unusual or zany, such as the Ripley's Museum in San Antonio. In addition, Texas has several world-class aquariums offering a view of the underwater world.

Texas Museums
Whether it's a glimpse into Texas history, viewing famous artwork, or capturing a child's imagination, Texas has a museum that fits the bill.

Children's Museums in Texas
Texas boasts an impressive number of museums - many of which are geared toward children. These kid-friendly museums offer families a fun and educational experience to add to their Texas vacation itinerary.

Photo Tour of the San Antonio Children's Museum
San Antonio is full of fun things to see and do, many of which are geared to families. The San Antonio Children's Museum was completely designed with families - and children - in mind. The museum offers a wide array of entertaining and educational interactive displays and is a great spot to spend some quality time with the kids.

Bob Bullock Story of Texas Museum
Many visitors to Austin, the Texas state capital city, are intrigued by the history of the Lone Star State. Luckily for them, the city is also home to the Bob Bullock Story of Texas Museum, which encapsulates the state's history and showcases it via a variety of interactive exhibits.

Museums in the Texas Prairies and Lakes Region
The sprawling Texas Prairies and Lakes Region takes in a wide swath of Texas and is home to a number of the state's best museums.

Texas State Aquarium
The "official" aquarium of Texas, the Texas State Aquarium houses hundreds of marine animals and provides educational programs for visitors of all ages.

Visiting the USS Lexington
Following many years of "active duty," the WWII-era USS Lexington "retired" to Corpus Christi. This massive aircraft carrier now serves as a floating museum, complete with a theater, flight simulator, cafe and more. Additionally, the Lexington offers a variety of educational programs, including summer camps and overnight stays!

Museums of Port Isabel
The tiny town of Port Isabel in Deep South Texas is steeped in history. As one of Texas’ oldest towns, Port Isabel served as a strategic port during both the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. Today, the Museums of Port Isabel celebrate and spotlight the area's rich history.

SPI Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Located in Port Isabel, at the base of the bridge heading to South Padre Island, the Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center offers visitors an up close look at numerous locally indigenous sea creatures, as well as daily educational programs. Dolphin and bird watching boat tours are also available nearby.

Sea Turtle, Inc.
South Padre Island's Sea Turtle, Inc. is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating sea turtles, particularly the endangered Kemp's Ridley. Sea Turtle, Inc. also offers education tours, giving visitors an up-close look at these magnificent creatures.

Houston Museum of Natural Science
Since its founding in 1909, the goal of the Houston Museum of Natural Science has been to educate the public with knowledge in natural science and related subjects. The museum uses a variety of displays, educational programs and traveling exhibits to accomplish this goal.

National Museum of the Pacific War
Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country in Fredericksburg, the National Museum of the Pacific War is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Pacific Theater of World War II.

Sea Center Texas
Located in Lake Jackson, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Seacenter Texas serves as a marine hatchery, museum and aquarium all in one.

Texas Music Museum
The Texas Music Museum in Austin is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the musical history of Texas, as well as the contributions of Texas musicians to the national and world music scene.

The Sixth Floor Museum
This museum is dedicated to preserving and celebrating information on John F. Kennedy's life, career, assassination and death. Located on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building - the very spot the sniper's gun was found - the Sixth Floor Museum let's you gain a feel for how things happened in 1963.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
Located on the University of Texas campus in Austin, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Texas Seaport Museum
Home to the 1877 tall ship Elissa, a national historic landmark, the Texas Seaport Museum tells the seaborne history of Galveston, which was known as "The Ellis Island of the West" in the 1800s.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! - San Antonio
Two of San Antonio's most unique attractions are housed under one roof. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum has eight galleries with over 500 displays of the weird, odd, unusual and scary. The Plaza Wax Museum features over 250 realistic wax replicas of historical figures and celebrities.

Museum of Fine Art, Houston
The Museum of Fine Art, Houston is much more than just a museum. The sprawling MFAH complex, located within Houston's downtown museum district, consists of two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, visitors center, library, café, movie theater, two art schools, two house museums, and two gift shops.

Downtown Aquarium
The 6-acre Downtown Aquarium complex features a massive display of sea creatures -- including sharks and piranhas -- plus rides, food and even white tigers. The attraction is easy to spot in downtown Houston -- just look for the Ferris wheel.

Museums Along the Texas Gulf Coast
The Texas Gulf Coast is home to a number of great attractions, inluding a number of interesting museums.

Museums in the Texas Hill Country
A wide variety of museums are located in the Texas Hill Country.

Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art offers one of the most extensive art exhibits to be found in the Lone Star State.

Art Museum of South Texas
Featuring more than 12,000 square feet of galleries, as well as classrooms, studios, work spaces and a library, the Art Museum of South Texas serves as the cultural hub of Corpus Christi.

The Downtown Aquarium - An Underwater Adventure
Featuring thousands of fish swimming in 500,000 gallons of water - right in downtown Houston! One of the most impressive and exciting aquariums anywhere, complimented with games, rides and dining.

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
The Corpus Christi Museum of History and Science has an impressive display of natural and cultural historical objects on display. In addition, the museum has a wonder marine artificact display. All of this is packaged together with a special emphasis on South Texas.

Galveston Railroad Museum Traces Travel History
Passenger trains were the mainstay of tourist traffic for Galveston until the 1960s. The Galveston Island Railroad Museum tells the story of the railroad's role in the early development of Galveston.

Dallas Arboretum
Located on White Rock Lake, just outside of downtown Dallas, the Arboretum features colorful gardens all year long. Tours are available daily. The Arboretum is also available for weddings and other private functions.

Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
Located in Canyon, the Panhandle Plains History Museum is the largest historical museum in Texas and celebrates western heritage, paleontology, geology, fine art and more.

Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame
Located in nearby Alice, the Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the rich history of Tejano music - a Texas original.

Selena Museum
Corpus Christi's Selena Museum, built by Selena's father, displays outfits and costumes worn by the late-pop superstar as well as other memorabilia from her life as a professional musician.

South Texas Institute for the Arts
The South Texas Institute for the Arts operates an educational facility, as well as an art museum, placing it high on the list for art lovers' visiting Corpus Christi.

Texas State Cemetery
The Texas State Cemetery was established in 1851 and is the final resting ground for such Texas icons as Stephen F. Austin, General Albert Sidney Johnston, Governor Allan Shivers, Governor John Connally, and Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock.

Texas State Capitol Tourist Information
Information on the history of the Texas Capitol, as well as current event listings, tour schedules, maps and more.

Texas Governor's Mansion
See where the top political office-holder in Texas lives. Tours of the Texas Governor's Mansion are offered every 20 minutes, Monday through Thursday.

Austin Children's Museum
The Austin's Children's Museum is THE place to take the kids while visiting Austin - the perfect place to learn and have fun.

Austin Nature and Science Center
The Austin Nature and Science Center provides nature exhibits and educational information for groups and individuals visiting Austin.

El Paso Museum of Art
The El Paso Museum of Art has a variety of art displays - both permanent and traveling - and also offers classes, workshops and other educational events.

War Eagles Air Museum
The War Eagles Air Museum is dedicated to displaying World War II and Korean War-era military aircraft and features a number of impressive and interactive displays.

Lone Star Flight Museum
Located at the Galveston International Airport, the Lone Star Flight Museum displays rebuilt aircraft and historic photos of wartime aircarft from various eras throughout United States history.

Battleship Texas
A veteran of both World Wars, the Battleship Texas is now moored at the San Jacinto Historical Site, where it is open for tours to the public.

Buffalo Soldier Museum
Houston's Buffalo Soldier Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers, the last of which served during World War II.

Children's Museum of Houston
Rated the second-best children's museum in the country, the Children's Museum of Houston has more exhibits, displays and educational resources than you and the kids can possibly get to in one day.

Holocaust Museum Houston
Holocaust Museum Houston pays homage to the victims and survivors of The Holocaust, educating visitors through a variety of exhibits and interactive displays.

Lone Star Flight Museum
Located at the Galveston International Airport, the Lone Star Flight Museum displays rebuilt aircraft and historic photos of wartime aircarft from various eras throughout United States history.

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Founded in 1980, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio is currently the largest community-based, multidisciplinary organization in the United States

National Cowgirl Hall of Fame
A one of a kind museum, Fort Worth's National Cowgirl Hall of Fame features exhibits and memorabilia honoring the 'gals of the west.

San Antonio Museum of Art
The San Antonio Museum of Art has several outstanding exhibits on permanent display and frequently hosts world-class touring exhibits.

San Antonio Botanical Gardens
Developed over several decades of volunteer effort, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens strives to educate the public on botanical life through "experience, education, and research."

Guenther House
Built by Carl Hilmer Guenther, founder of Pioneer Flour Mills, in 1860, the Guenther House has been restored as a museum, displaying mill memorabilia.

Amon Carter Museum
Originally established by Amon Carter Sr. to hold his extensive collection of paintings, Ft. Worth's Amon Carter Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting American art.

West Texas Music Hall of Fame
Located in Ft. Worth, the West Texas Music Hall of Fame preserves the history of Texas music and tells the story of Texas' influence on music.

Pioneer Village
Located in Corsicana, Pioneer Village is a recreation of pioneer living, complete with replicas of old buildings.

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame
Located in Carthage, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the country music heritage of the Lone Star State.

Museum of the Gulf Coast
Located in Port Arthur, the Museum of the Gulf Coast traces the history of the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast region from prehistoric times to the present day.

The Buddy Holly Center
Named for Lubbock's favorite son, the Buddy Holly Center collects, preserves and displays artifacts from Buddy Holly and a variety of other Texas musicians and artists.

New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music
The New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music offers an extensive and impressive list of standing exhibits, as well as live music, including an open microphone every Sunday afternoon.

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum
The Buckhorn Museum includes over 30,000 square feet of display area featuring artificacts from early times in Texas, wildlife exhibits from North America, Asia and Africa, historical wax museum, and more.

Institute of Texan Cultures
Originally opened as a display at the 1968 HemisFair, the Institute of Texan Cultures has evolved into a full-fledged museum dedicated to the ethnic and cultural history of Texas.

McNay Art Museum
Housed in the former home of San Antoni oil heiress Marion Koogler McNay, the McNay Art Museum features an extensive collection of American and European fine art.

San Antonio Children's Museum
The San Antonio Children's Museum is located in downtown San Antonio and offers a wide array of displays and hands-on, interactive educational exhibits.

Witte Museum
San Antonio's first museum, the Witte Museum, features a variety of permanent historical and scientific exhibits. The Witte is also home to various traveling exhibits and boasts live gallery performances.

Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
Located in Canyon, the Panhandle Plains History Museum is the largest historical museum in Texas and celebrates western heritage, paleontology, geology, fine art and more.

Lubbock Science Spectrum and Omni Theatre
Lubbock's Science Spectrum & Omni Theatre houses over 250 hands-on interactive science experiments, a huge domed theatre and live science shows.

Tyler Museum of Arts
Originally founded in 1952, the Tyler Museum of Art houses a collection of over 600 pieces of fine art, as well as a library, cafe and gift shop.

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