Being the second-largest state of the United States of America both in terms of population and area grants Texas a few luxuries. First of all, it has a community as diverse and exciting as it can get and second, it has quite a few awe-inspiring cultural establishments that no tourist should leave out by any means. Let’s see how many of the museums that we are going to recommend to you today you have visited!
1. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston:
Also known by its abbreviation, MFAH, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is one of the most scintillating of all Texan cultural establishments. Founded in 1900 and dedicated to a span of 6,000 years, it can be found on the list of the largest museums of the United States of America. Harbouring a massive collection of 64,000 masterworks, it boasts with a permanent internal exhibition space of 25,000 square metres and is divided into nine sections (this includes its external enclaves as well): the Caroline Wiess Law Building (this is the section where you can see most works from the 20th and 21st centuries; it also has the renowned Glassell Collection of African Gold); the Audrey Jones Beck Building (named after the woman who contributed to the establishment with a massive collection: Audrey Jones Beck); the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building (a projected section with 25 scintillating galleries); The Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden (this is quite possibly the most famous subdivision of the museum, showcasing more than 25 masterpieces – it is important to know here that the whole garden is an immense sculpture linking the Caroline Wiess Law Building and the Glassell School of Art); the Glassell School of Art (stretching upon an area of 7,400 square metres, it is an interactive section with countless workshops for all age groups and interests); the Central Administration and Glassell Junior School of Art Building (this is not only an administrative building but also the only museum division in the United States to be dedicated entirely to art classes for children); the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (located 8 kilometres from the main museum campus, it occupies 57,000 square metres and is devoted to decorative arts from the 17th to the 19th centuries); the Rienzi (a historical residence named after Rienzi Johnston and located in Homewood Addition); and, last but not least, the Nidhika and Pershant Metha Arts of India (the only section that can be affiliated with the Houston for Indian Arts Culture). Notable masterpieces on display include: Hans Memling’s “Portrait of an Old Woman”, William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s “The Elder Sister”, Gustave Caillebotte’s “Les Orangers”, Paul Cézanne’s “Madame Cézanne in Blue”, and countless others. Be one of the 1.25 million people who visit it each year!
2. Bullock Texas State History Museum:
Coming away from Houston and landing in Austin, we arrive at the scintillating Bullock Texas State History Museum. Established in 2001 and run by the Texas State Preservation Board, it prides itself with preserving the fine nuances of Texan history. Bearing the name of the former Texas Lieutenant Governor, Bob Bullock, the establishment boasts with three floors of exhibition space, each with a special “dedication” (or name). The first floor is called “Land”, the second one is “Identity”, and the third is “Opportunity”. What we recommend that you keep a keen eye out for is the “Star of Destiny” feature presentation hosted by “The Spirit Theater” on the second floor (an experience riddled with special effects and narrated by the title character Sam Houston). Oh, and there is no need to worry about seats for the theatre can harbour 400 people. Openly praised by the renowned Texan historian Walter L. Buenger via his article “The Story of Texas: The Texas State History Museum and Memories of the Past” in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the establishment is quite a marvel to behold and to experience when you think of the 80 million dollars that went into making it. Definitely a must-see!
3. Amon Carter Museum of American Art:
No matter how many art museums you may have experienced in your life, there will always be room for one more. Established in 1961, Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum of American Art (ACMAA) is a great place to visit for art-buffs for it features not only paintings but photographs, sculptures, and works on paper as well. Additionally, you can explore a library with more than 150,000 item references and over 50,000 books. Oh, and let us not forget about the 14,000 microfilm reels and the 50,000 microfiches of auction and exhibition catalogues (and ephemera). Notable masterpieces on display include: Martin Johnson Heade’s “Marshfield Meadows, Massachusetts”, Heinrich Möllhausen’s “Canadian River Near Camp”, Jasper Francis Cropsey’s “The Narrows from Staten Island”, John Singer Sargent’s “Alice Vanderbilt Shepard”, Erwin E. Smith’s “A wrangler keeping an eye on the remuda grazing below in an arroyo”, and many others.
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