How to Enjoy Houston's Attractions and Performing Arts Remotely

Go online for fun, educational and relaxing activities from Houston businesses.

As social distancing becomes the new normal, Houston's museums, attractions and performing arts outlets are making sure folks still stay engaged. Follow us on an online tour of how you can stay connected to Houston.

Experiences

Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers a multitude of digital experiences, from curators introducing you to a paleontology lab and going behind the scenes at the Cockrell Butterfly Center to exploring science concepts in an easy-to-understand way. The well-done videos are one of our favorite examples of online content done right.

Museum of Fine Arts

Access art collections and selected exhibitions, art-making activities, recorded lectures, artist talks and more at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Asia Society

The Asia Society Texas Center has engaging content for all ages available online—take an adventure through China or Korea, explore virtual exhibitions, listen to artist talks and get a weekly dose of the performing arts.

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston takes to Instagram for virtual open studios, Instagram takeovers from Houston-area artists and more | WhereTraveler

Contemporary Arts Museum

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston takes to Instagram for virtual open studios, Instagram takeovers from Houston-area artists and more.

Holocaust Museum

Explore permanent collections, read Houston survivors' testimonies, find research guides and get family activities at the Holocaust Museum Houston.

Lawndale Art Center

Get up-close and personal to the Lawndale Art Center's works, then head over to its YouTube page to watch videos of artist talks, conversations about different genres of art and other special events.

Museum of African American Culture

Take virtual tours, watch artist films and panels and explore additional cultural programming at the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

Education

The Children's Museum

The Children's Museum Houston has a vast page of resources to make home-schooling its most productive, broken up by subject, age group and "oh wow" moments. In addition, its Facebook page hosts five sessions of virtual learning daily.

Buffalo Soldiers Museum

Kids can learn about soldiers and their contributions, watch videos and participate in a virtual diaroma contest at the Buffalo Soldier National Museum.

Center for Contemporary Craft

Creative kids of all ages will feel nourished by video instruction from the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft's Facebook page.

Space Center

Follow the Space Center Houston's blog to learn about topics such as black holes, wearable technologies and quarantine procedures for astronauts | WhereTraveler

Follow the Space Center Houston's blog to learn about topics such as black holes, wearable technologies and quarantine procedures for astronauts. You can also explore the surface of Mars on a 360-degree experience recorded by Nasa's Curiosity Rover.

Flight Museum

Check out the Lone Star Flight Museum's Facebook and Instagram feeds for virtual visits and talks, how the STEM approach applies to flight and history of the aviation industry.

Music

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

Even though you can't go out to experience live music right now, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra's listening room is the next best thing—it'll keep you busy for days. For more great music, watch videos on its YouTube page.

Czech Singers

Watch free concerts from Czech singers, bands and pianists on the Czech Center Museum Houston's Facebook page.

Ars Lyrica

Ars Lyrica Houston performs Baroque- and early Classical-era music on instruments that create the original intended sound | WhereTraveler

Ars Lyrica Houston performs Baroque- and early Classical-era music on instruments that create the original intended sound. Discover concerts and conversations on its website, and visit its YouTube page for more content. 

Houston Symphony

From national broadcasts to those on Houston public media and podcasts, there are many options for enjoying the Houston Symphony.

Houston Chamber Choir

Listen to favorite moments from past performances on the Houston Chamber Choir's podcast, and find more clips on its Facebook page.

Therapeutic Activities

Jung Center

Explore ways to be more mindful and follow a guided meditation course at the Jung Center.

Zen Center

Let the Houston Zen Center take you to a higher state with its sessions now available on Cloud Zendo.

Houston Zoo

Find your zen zone as you watch keepers interact with and feed animals and view live streams from the Houston Zoo. What could be more relaxing than watching a two-toed sloth hang around?

Galveston

Take a trip to Galveston without ever leaving your home. The island hosts a number of live webcams—discover a penguin cam, a seal cam, a Seawall cam and many more.

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