Houston Art & Architecture Tour
Take a tour of Houston – the 4th largest city in the United States. You will know you are in a “big city” but will enjoy its small-town warmth. It’s one of the most diverse cities in the U.S., with people flocking here from all over the world. Explore Houston’s history, culture and diversity through its art and architecture.
Your certified professional tour guide will entertain you with great stories and history while exploring the magnificent and abundant art.
Downtown Houston boasts of a beautiful modern skyline intensified by public art installations by Miro, Dubuffet and Mel Chin – just to mention a few. The skyline is a work of art in itself with the designs of architects like Phillip Johnson, John Burgee, I.M. Pei, Joseph Finger and Alfred Finn.
Drive through the scenic Houston Museum District and Herman Park with beautiful hundred year old live oak trees, fountains, gardens and sculptures.
Stop at the magnificent Fine Arts Museum for a short break and a walk through the Turrell Tunnel, The Light Inside. James Turrell is known for his inventive light sculptures that inspire a sense of wonder at how light affects both visual perception and emotional responses to the environment. For the museum’s new tunnel, Turrell created a light installation. The work turns the walls of the tunnel into vessels for conducting light. The walk between the Beck and Law buildings becomes an exploration of color and space.
River Oaks neighborhood where the “who’s who” of Houston makes their home - be awed by the mansions and beautiful gardens owned by oil millionaires, doctors, bankers, lawyers, and business owners.
Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world. Learn the fascinating story of the how it began and how it has become one of the most renowned medical centers in the world with emphasis on cancer and the heart.
Rice University Campus – premier private research university
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Walk through the magnificent lobby of Chase Bank, one of the finest examples of Art Deco Architecture in the city and explore the HOUSTON TUNNEL SYSTEM – a city within a city under the streets of downtown Houston.
The famed Art Car Museum is full of imaginative and artfully constructed art cars, low riders and mobile contraptions.
Visit of the Rothko Chapel - A modern meditative environment inspired by the mural canvasses of American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. The Chapel welcomes thousands of visitors each year, people of every faith and from all parts of the world.
Visit the Menil Collection - John and Dominique de Menil began actively collecting art in the 1940s, ultimately amassing nearly 16,000 paintings, sculptures, decorative objects, prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books. The museum is a masterpiece in itself, designed by Renzo Piano.
The collection includes Surrealist works by Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Man Ray, and Yves Tanguy, as well as Cubist and School of Paris paintings by Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. By the 1960s the de Menils had gravitated toward the major American postwar movements of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism. Also included in the collection are works from classical Mediterranean civilizations and the Byzantine Empire, as well as an array of objects from Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Pacific Northwest.
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