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museum district 1The Sam Houston statue overlooks Hermann Park in the Museum District.
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museum district 2Three chicken fajita tacos are served with rice and beans at Bodegas Taco Shop in the Museum District.
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Each month at On the Town, we bring you Metro Hotspots—a spotlight on several places to visit in one of the neighborhoods within the Houston Metro area. This month we visited the Museum District, located between Montrose, the Medical Center and Rice University. The neighborhood has almost 20 different museums, ranging from contemporary to historical, which are sure to keep visitors occupied for hours on end.
Black Hole Coffee House
Located in a residential neighborhood on the border of Montrose and the Museum District, a visit to this coffee shop is worth it for people watching, an afternoon spent on the computer, or hanging out with a group of friends. Visitors can choose from any number of typical caffeinated beverages such as lattes, mochas and iced coffee. Black Hole also offers a selection of beer and wine. 4504 Graustark St., Houston. 713-528-0653
Bodegas Taco Shop
This local eatery gives customers the choice of filling up a burrito, tacos, salad, tostadas, nachos, quesadilla or taco salad. After selecting your choice of meat, which is plentifully piled on, there are a handful of other selections to choose, such as cilantro, rice, guacamole and cheese. Bodegas also has several salsa choices, ranging from tomatillo to cilantro lime to bacon-avocado ranch. 1200 Binz, Houston. 713-528-6102
Impossible to miss during a visit to the Museum District, the 445-acre Hermann Park is a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy day spent at the surrounding museums. Visitors can take a walk through any of the park’s trails, go for a ride on the Hermann Park Railroad, or just relax and eat a picnic lunch under the trees. 6201-A Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-524-5876
Houston Center for Photography
The “Focus on Hunger” and “Soldier, At Ease” exhibitions are currently on display at the Houston Center for Photography, a museum dedicated to the appreciation of photography. The center also provides workshops, lectures, classes and a library. 1441 W. Alabama, Houston. 713-529-4755, www.hcponline.org
The Menil Collection
Paintings, sculptures and tribal art are only a few of the items on display at The Menil, which contains artwork from Africa, Europe and The Americas. On display through the beginning of January is a special exhibit dedicated to the museum’s 25th anniversary. Letters, drawings and other memorabilia sent to John and Dominique Menil are on display, giving visitors a chance to learn more about the couple behind the museum. 1533 Sul Ross, Houston. 713-525-9400, www.menil.org