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selecttraveler.com 29 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 6 tive American, pre-Columbian, modern and contemporary art to antiquities of Egypt, Greece and Rome, Impressionist masterpieces and American art and sculpture. e Cullen Sculpture Garden across the street is a tree-shad- ed oasis with works by Louise Bourgeois, Henri Matisse and Auguste Rodin among others. Among the other museums in the district are the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Health Museum, the Houston Museum of African American Culture, the Holocaust Museum Houston and the Buff alo Soldiers National Museum. e Houston Zoo is also in the district. Houston also has a vibrant theater scene, with the 17-block downtown theater district boast- ing nearly 13,000 seats for live per- formances, with venues such as the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, the Wortham eater Cen- ter and the Alley eatre, the only Texas theater to have won a Tony Award for best regional theater. www.traveltexas.com MUSEUMS APLENTY Houston's Museum District is an unusual concentration of 19 museums in four walkable zones. e Metrorail is a clean, convenient and inexpensive ($1.25 each way) means of go- ing from downtown to the Mu- seum District. I focused on the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It can take several hours to sample fully its large collection in two main gallery buildings, which are connected by an underground tunnel of changing lights that is an art installation in itself. "We are an encyclopedic mu- seum," said senior docent Kem Schultz. "For being a young mu- seum and starting so late in the game, we have some good pieces." ose pieces include one of only two Rembrandts in Texas, "Portrait of a Young Woman." "It is one of our great trea- sures," said Schultz. e collections run the gamut from Asian, African, Islamic, Na- Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Houston By Herb Sparrow By Herb Sparrow Space Center Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Moody Gardens Mo Mo Mo d od od y y y Ga Ga a d rd d en n e s Moody Gardens

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