Museum District Houston Neighborhood Guide
Centers for culture and the arts define much of the Museum District area’s character. The neighborhood’s charm, however, extends well beyond galleries and exhibitions.
Located just north of Houston’s premiere Medical Center, the Museum District features both classic and contemporary homes, reflecting the neighborhood’s artistic draw. Museum District homes for sale are highly prized due to the following:
- CENTRAL LOCATION: The Museum District is centrally located within the Inner Loop, minutes away from key Houston hubs like Downtown, the Texas Medical Center, Montrose, and Rice University.
- EASY ACCESSIBILITY: Its location along the South and Southwest freeways, MetroRAIL access, and pedestrian-friendly streets are factors that make the Museum District one of Houston’s most accessible neighborhoods.
- ARTS AND CULTURE: With 19 museums located within a 1.5-mile radius around the Mecom Fountain, the Houston Museum District has the second largest number of museums in a contiguous area.
- WIDE VARIETY OF HOMES: Much like neighboring Montrose, Museum District homes are an eclectic mix of patio homes, elegant manors, townhomes, and stylish lofts.
- GROWING REAL ESTATE MARKET: Museum District real estate have been on a steady rise over the years due to new development and growing demand. Over the past decade, it has posted some of the most remarkable appreciation rates in the Inner Loop.
The Houston Museum District houses a rich mix of artistic, educational, and historical collections within its borders. Its tree-lined streets and lovely collection of homes will endear homebuyers to the neighborhood’s unique vibe.
New development, along with the wide array of housing options in the Museum District, can make the area a bit challenging to navigate without the help of a reliable Houston realtor.
For any inquiries about Museum District homes recommendations, or off-market MLS listings, get in touch with Paige Martin, Owner of HoustonProperties.com.
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Located along the South and Southwest freeways, the Museum District has the Texas Medical Center to the south and Rice University to the west. Across the Southwest Freeway north of the neighborhood lies Midtown and the Neartown/Montrose.
Downtown Houston is about three miles further northeast of the district.
Considered as one of the Inner Loop’s most accessible neighborhoods, the Houston Museum District is pedestrian-friendly, has immediate access to major freeways, and features great transportation services.
The MetroRAIL’s Red Line has stops in the neighborhood, including Museum District, Hermann Park/Rice U, and Wheeler. The Museum District also encourages visitors to avail of a bike sharing program called Houston B-cycle.
Museum District homes are minutes away from job centers like Downtown and the Texas Medical Center, and from retail and nightlife options in Montrose and The Galleria.
The Houston Museum District is under the 77004, 77005, 77006, 77030, and 77098 Harris County zip codes.
Nearby zip codes include 77002, 77003, 77019, 77021, and 77054. (View Houston zip code map)
The Houston Museum District Association lists 19 member museums and institutions inside an area within a 1.5-mile radius of the Mecom Fountain in Hermann Park. These member museums – each with its unique scientific, educational, and artistic exhibits – welcome more than 8 million visitors annually.
Located at 1001 Bissonnet Street, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is one of the largest museums in the country. Within its 300,000-square feet of space, the MFAH houses more than 60,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Visitors can take advantage of the cultural complex’s 2 gallery buildings, two house museums, sculpture garden, library, movie theatre, and cafe.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive, is one of the country’s most popular museums, with more than 2 million visitors per year. In addition to its natural science halls, HMNS features the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, the Burke Baker Planetarium, and the Cockrell Butterfly Center. The museum also plays host to numerous guest exhibits every year.
Forbes listed the Children’s Museum of Houston at 1500 Binz Street as one of the “Best Children’s Museums in the US.” With its exhibits and bilingual programs, the museum aims to inspire “a passion for lifelong learning” in all children.
Another popular Museum District destination is Hermann Park. The 445-acre public park is home to the Houston Zoo, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Hermann Park Golf Course, the Miller Outdoor Theatre, and the Houston Garden Center. It features several attractions and amenities, including jogging trails, pedal boats, playgrounds, and gardens, among others.
The Museum District also features plenty of dining, retail, and entertainment options, and its proximity to Montrose, Medical Center, and Rice University means that more choices are mere minutes away.
Listed below are some of the best places to visit in and around the Museum District:
- Asia Society Texas Center
- Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
- Children’s Museum of Houston
- Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
- Czech Center Museum Houston
- Holocaust Museum Houston
- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
- Houston Center for Photography
- Houston Museum of Natural Science
- Houston Zoo
- The Health Museum
- The Jung Center of Houston
- Lawndale Art Center
- The Menil Collection
- Museum of African American Culture Center
- Museum of Fine Arts , Houston
- Rice University Art Gallery
- The Rothko Chapel
In Hermann Park
- Miller Outdoor Theatre
- Houston Zoo
- Buddy Carruth Playground For All Children
- The Japanese Garden
- McGovern Lake
- Judson Robinson Jr. Community Center
- Hermann Park Mini-Train
- Hermann Park Trail
- Houston Garden Center
- Bayou Parkland
- Hermann Park Golf Course
- Maxwell Street Grill
- Number 1 Chicken Rice & Seafood
- Bowl Cafe
- Davis Street at Hermann Park
- Bowl Cafe
- The Raven Grill
- Bodegas Taco Shop
- Pax Americana
- Museum Park Cafe
- Reggae Hut
- Pinewood Cafe
- Black Hole Coffee Houst
- Green Seed Vegan
- The Lexington Grille
- Papa Mio Italian Cafe
- Monarch Restaurant & Lounge
- Grand Prize Bar
- Absinthe Brasserie
- Revelry on Richmond
- Ruthie’s Place
- Bar 5015
- Kaiser’s Korner Pub
- The Alley Kat Bar & Lounge
- Bosta Wine and Coffee
- Mosaic Bar and Lounge
Neighborhoods near Museum District include:
- Downtown Houston
- Third Ward
- Upper Kirby
- Southside Place
- University Area
- West University
- Rice University
- Medical Center
The Museum Distict’s history is a testament to the neighborhood’s strong sense of community and civic responsibility.
In 1977, a number of civic organizations and associations came together to initiate efforts in revitalizing the Houston Museum District. Ten years later, what was then dubbed the “Montrose Project” became the Museum District Development Association of Houston.
The MDDAH and its previous iteration plotted a progressive plan to turn the district into a pedestrian-friendly area centered on the Museum of Fine Arts.
In 1989, Mayor Kathryn Whitmire and the City of Houston City Council officially designated the Museum District as “the area along Montrose Boulevard, from Allen Parkway to Hermann Park.”
The MDDAH was dissolved in 1994, though three years later, 11 institutions formed the Houston Museum District Association. More museums have joined the HMDA in the years since, and the association is now comprised of 19 member museums and institutions.
The Houston Museum District is zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and is home to high-rated schools like MacGregor Elementary School at La Branch Street and the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy at Cleburne Street.
- MacGregor Elementary School at 4801 La Branch St. Founded in 1922, this school used to be known as Southmore. Named after Henry F. MacGregor, the school serves students in grades EE to 5 and offers magnet programs for music and science.
- Poe Elementary School at 5100 Hazard St. Edgar Allan Poe Elementary is a fine arts magnet school, as well as a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). Poe also offers enrichment classes in several areas including visual arts, dance, music, physical education, Suzuki violin, and technology.
- Lanier Middle School at 2600 Woodhead St. Located in the Neartown/Montrose area, Lanier Middle School is one of the HISD’s International Baccalaureate World Schools. Lanier also has a Vanguard magnet program, as well as fine arts and athletics programs. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 10/10.
- Cullen Middle School at 6900 Scott St. Located a few minutes away from the Museum District, Cullen Middle School (or CMS) offers a number of academics programs. The school has a Pre-AP program, along with a Vanguard Magnet and Vanguard Neighborhood programs for Gifted and Talented students. Spanish, Music, and Aquatics are also offered at Cullen.
- Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy at 1906 Cleburne St. A relatively new school, YWCPA opened in 2011 through a partnership between the HISD and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. This all-girls high school offers Pre-AP and AP programs.
- High School for the Performing and Visual Arts at 4001 Stanford St. Located in Montrose, HSPVA offers a curriculum that covers six art areas, including intrumental music, vocal music, dance, theater, creative writing, and visual arts.
- Debakey High School for Health Professions at 3100 Shenandoah St. One of the best public schools in the Houston area, Debakey offers the only magnet program for health professions under the HISD. It was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 1997-98 and 2003.
- Lamar High School at 3325 Westheimer Rd. Located in Upper Kirby, Lamar is an International Baccalaureate school that offers IB Diploma and AP programs. It also offers a magnet program for Business Administration. It also features a great athletics program and is home to the Lamar Texans, formerly known as the Redskins.
The Museum District is an ideal jump off point to the private schools and universities located in Rice University, Montrose, Medical Center, and the Third Ward. Several private schools are located within minutes of the neighborhood. Listed below are some of them.
- St. John’s School at 2401 Claremont Ln. Founded in 1946, St. John’s is one of the most prestigious private schools in Houston. Forbes listed it as one of “America’s Elite Prep Schools” and holds a reputation for academic excellence and selectivity. It has a great athletics program as well, and has a rivalry with The Kinkaid School.
- St. Paul’s School at 5501 Main St.
- Montessori Country Day School at 5117 La Branch St.
- Presbyterian School at 5300 Main St.
- The Joy School at 1 Chelsea Blvd.
To find an updated listing of all Museum District real estate zoned to any specific public school, please send an email to Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com with the property preference and budget that you’re working with.
*Note: School zoning tends to change from year to year, information provided above are accurate but not guaranteed. Please double check by visiting the school’s website.
Much like Midtown and Montrose, the Museum District’s real estate market has grown by significant margins over the past decade.
In 2005, Museum District homes for sale posted a median sales price of $438,075. By 2014, it has increased by over half to $739,756 – this 69% positive change is one of the best appreciation rates in the Inner Loop.
Average price per square foot has also increased over the same period, marking a 43% change, from $208 to $298.
Prices tend to fluctuate, though this can be due to the area’s wide variety of home options.
Houston Museum District real estate are certainly as interesting as the neighborhood’s selection of science and art museums. This vibrant community features a mix of elegant estates, luxury condos and lofts, patio homes, bungalows, and townhomes in gated communities.
(Data sourced from the Houston Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)
For updated information regarding Museum District real estate pricing and trend analysis, please contact Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com.
Though new construction townhomes and condos are becoming quite popular in the Museum District, there are plenty of detached single-family homes.
Patio homes and older bungalows line the neighborhood’s pedestrian-friendly streets, interspersed with gated communities. On average, Museum District single-family homes have a 3-bedroom, 3 and a half-bath floor plan, with 3,000 square feet of living space.
Some of the most luxurious – and most expensive – housing options in the district are the old estates that date back from the 1920s. Beautifully updated, these homes can feature 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 3 half-baths.
Pricing depends on a number of factors, including the condition of the home, location, and size. Museum District homes for sale can go for $400,000 to more than $3,000,000.
One of the Museum District’s most popular housing options, townhomes are a common sight in the area. Most Museum District townhomes are located within gated, private enclaves with luxury amenities and 24/7 security.
The standard townhome can feature a standard 3/3.5 floor plan. Floor areas can range from 2,000 to more than 4,000 square feet. Luxury Museum District townhomes are also available, and in addition to more living space, they can feature 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and 2 half baths.
Prices can range from $300,000 to more than $1,000,000.
The Museum District is home to several mid- and high-rise condominiums, most featuring early 19th century European-inspired architecture.
Houston Museum District condos typically feature 24/7 security, round-the-clock staff, and parking. Some also offer luxury amenities, like pools, gyms, tennis courts, and jogging trails.
Museum District Condos include:
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