As an informal gathering of a few homeschool families, we visited the Art Car Museum.
Probably the first misconception of this museum is that it is full of numerous art cars as seen in the annual parade. It’s a small museum and there is only room for 3 cars indoors in addition to the car out front. The gallery changes quarterly and exhibits vary based on the artist(s) featured.
Once a year they hold an open call accepting submissions from any artist who wishes to have a piece exhibited. Our visit was during 2012 for the Eighth Annual Open Call Exhibition: God.
Recommended ages: While there is nothing precluding younger children ~ this is a museum designed for looking only. It’s not a huge museum, so families might find this an appropriate venue to teach their children “look but don’t touch”.
Anything we wish was different? Not that we experienced.
How do I set up a trip? The Art Car Museum is free and open to the public Wednesday through Sunday 11am-6pm. For groups, they ask that you call ahead to let them know.
A note about parking. Parking is free at the museum. The museum has a gated area with parking for a few cars and there are 4 parallel spots just North of the museum on Heights Boulevard.
What else is there to do nearby? The Museum is just south of I-10 and West of 45. Depending on which way you’re headed afterward, a visit to the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center wouldn’t be too far away and would give the kids a chance to run, stretch, and enjoy their “outdoor” voices.