New summer fun in the heart of Houston

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HOUSTON, TX – This summer, why not leave your cubicle behind and get out and have some fun in the heart of the city — the Museum District. All sorts of new things are happening, including three new exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts. There’s something new there for everyone, from recreations of an 18th Century English manor (‘Downton Abbey’ fans, rejoice!) to an interactive piece called “Houston Penetrable” that has to be experienced to be understood.

Down the block at the Museum of Natural Science, Italian jeweler Bulgari has an exhibit of priceless, one-of-a-kind jewelry (including eye-popping pieces once owned by Liz Taylor). Across town at the Menil, the work of America’s premier fashion designer Charles James is on display.

Hermann Park celebrates their 100-year anniversary this year with several delightful “Art in the Park” displays including a startlingly large spider looming over the reflection pool and a life-size Tolkien-esque house of sticks built earlier this year by world-renowned artist Patrick Dougherty with hundreds of local volunteers.

Even the Houston Zoo is on the “now and wow” trend with their Extreme Bugs exhibit featuring 13 giant-sized animatronic insects that will probably both frighten and amuse kids of all ages all summer long. Make sure you bring an extra $3.95 to get in, though. It’s an extra charge on top of your admission to the zoo.

For a complete guide to what’s going on this summer in the Museum District, pick up a copy of this month’s Houstonia.

[Life-sized house of sticks celebrates Hermann Park’s Centennial]

[New river of color at Hermann Park]

[Hermann Park brings us magic of an ancient culture]

[“Extreme Bugs” take over the Houston Zoo]

 

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