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The Menil Collection Map It
1533 Sul Ross St.
713-525-9400

Every day is free day at The Menil Collection, one of the reasons why it's so beloved in Houston. The other reasons? The serene Renzo Piano design, challenging exhibitions, oodles of artist and curator talks and subsidiary spaces like the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum and the Dan Flavin art installation. And a favorite among the stars – the Cy Twombly Gallery.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Map It
1001 Bissonnet St.
713-639-7300

Every Thursday, admission to the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is 100 percent gratis. Of particular note are the MFAH's collections of Asian art (Korea, India, China, Japan and Indonesia each have their own domain); The Beck Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters; and contemporary Texas artists.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Map It
5216 Montrose Blvd.
713-284-8250

Also free all the time, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is known for keeping its edge with a mix of fresh young artists and regular events like parties, interactive exhibits and art reading groups.

Houston Museum of Natural Science Map It
1 Hermann Circle Dr.
713-639-4629

There's something about dinosaurs that's always fascinating, so though most attractions at the Houston Museum of Natural Science have a separate admission fee, the free access to the permanent collection on Tuesdays after 2 p.m. always has something that's fun to see. RAWR!

Children's Museum of Houston Map It
1500 Binz St.
713-522-1138

After work on Thursdays, skip McDonald's and the park and head to the Children's Museum of Houston where entrance after 5 p.m. is complimentary, as are the interactive storytelling sessions and educational activities.

Holocaust Museum Houston Map It
5401 Caroline St.
713-942-8000
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In its mission to educate school children and the public in general about the dangers of prejudice and hatred, Holocaust Museum Houston is open and free to all visitors seven days a week. Permanent exhibitions and two art galleries are enhanced with special exhibitions scheduled throughout the year. 

Blaffer Art Museum Map It
120 Fine Arts Building
713-743-2255
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Don't forget the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston! It's always free, and wonderfully curated. Better yet, drop in at one of the brown bag gallery tours or contemporary salons.

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