Art Car Museum

art-car-museum-1Houston is a vibrant and lively city that is filled with up-and-coming writers, artists, musicians, executives, politicians, and so on. It is eclectic and at times a bit eccentric as well. Mind you, we aren’t nearly to the point of being “Austin weird,” but we definitely have our own set of charming quirks. One such quirk is Houston’s annual Art Car Parade, the highlight of Art Car Weekend.

It’s sponsored by The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art (link to previous post), and features over 250 cars, unicycles, lawnmowers and anything else with wheels. The whole weekend is dedicated to the celebration of people’s creations. Everyone has an inner artist, and the Art Car Parade encourages people to let it show.

Not wanting to wait until next year’s parade to see an art car, we headed over to the Art Car Museum to see three of last year’s grand-prize winners.

The Art Car Museum was not what we expected. The outside is about as wacky as the inside, covered in metallic spires and spikes. Inside, they had three different prize-winning art cars from the 2013 parade including the “Heroicar,” which was intern Nicholas’s favorite. The cars were ornate, extravagant and very well made.

The art didn’t stop there. The walls inside the Art Car Museum were covered in works of art from the museum’s current exhibit of local artists. The variety of art was massive, from furry sculptures to satirical paintings.

The Art Car Museum highlights Houston’s appreciation for the arts and its celebration of individuality. It is truly amazing that a city so massive can appreciate the artistic expressions of our city’s colorful style of art.

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Insider’s Guide

• You are absolutely allowed to take as many pictures as you want. However, no touching!
• You can check out all 250+ Art Cars at the annual Art Car Parade.
• Many people drive their art car around Houston all year long. If you are lucky you might spot one while you are out and about!

140 Heights Blvd Houston, TX

Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Free Street Parking
• Connected Lot

Family Friendly: Yes