The Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston
While Houston is known for its industrial business, The Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston (CAMH) offers a way for Houstonians to explore their artistic side. Located in the heart of the Museum District, CAMH has allowed locals to appreciate the eclectic nature of contemporary art for 65 years. Not surprisingly, the museum’s steel parallelogram structure can be viewed as a work of contemporary art itself, inviting passersby a taste of what’s inside. The museum showcases two powerful exhibitions at a time. The open, modern and minimalist atmosphere allows each visitor to fully appreciate the work while experiencing a space that is out of the ordinary.
If you haven’t been before, don’t be intimidated to venture in, and experience each exhibit’s insight into today’s sociocultural landscape. Each exhibit is hand-picked to exemplify the art of today, while showcasing artists from many different cultures and backgrounds. If deciphering art is not your forte, helpful museum guides are ready to assist you in translating each piece. As is typical for contemporary art, some exhibitions hit controversial topics. Thus, CAMH offers a Family Review of the current exhibitions for parents, and the museum suggests that the exhibits be previewed before bringing younger viewers.
Already love CAMH? Try attending CAMH’s family days and Teen Council. These programs allow parents to make a piece of contemporary art with their child and give high school students the opportunity to create art-based programs and festivals for young adult audiences. Want to contribute more to the museum? Since CAMH is a free museum, donations are always appreciated. There are several donor levels available that include different museum perks, such as exhibition sponsorships.
While Houston is not typically known as an artist’s town, we are famous for being on the forefront of other creative outlets, such as food. Innovation is seen throughout the city in many industries, and CAMH delivers this in the way of artistic innovation. In the same vein, CAMH is a testament to the cutting-edge mentality of Houston.
• CAMH is located near The Museum of Fine Arts and the Sculpture Garden, and it is easy to make a day out of visiting all of the museums that Houston has to offer.
• Don’t miss the gift shop in the lower level of CAMH. You can find colorful trinkets, rain boots, bowls, jewelry and more to remind you of your trip.
• Did you know that CAMH’s logo is created by combining shapes from the parallelogram building?
• Every Saturday, you can join a free group tour of the exhibits with a group of artists and historians to see their unique perspectives on the exhibits.
5216 Montrose Boulevard, Houston Texas 77006
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
No. The museum suggests that the exhibits be previewed before bringing younger viewers.