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As the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston boasts diversity and creativity, so it is no surprise that you can find some unique and unusual museums in and around town. Get ready for a short road trip and visit these museums.
This museum preserves the history and contributions of African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and women in the development of the American West. In contrast to the mega-structure of the nearby NRG Stadium, the American Cowboy Museum is part of a fully functioning ranch, which has been owned by the family of Mollie Stevenson, Jr. for more than a century. It is one of the oldest African American-owned ranches in the United States. It showcases tractors, plows, spurs, saddles, hats, chaps, boots and any item any cowboy could ever need.
American Cowboy Museum, 11822 Almeda Road, Houston, TX, USA+1 713 478 9677
Remember the time when you had to turn the dial on the television to change the channel, or used a typewriter to submit a school project, or had to call an operator to make a call? Re-live those ‘good ‘ol days’ in the 20th Century Technology Museum, which was established in July 2005. On display are video arcade games (some still work), radios from the 1920s, phonographs, telephones, farm equipment, and so much more. Bring the kids and explain how things worked back in the day.
Established in 1983, The Galveston Railroad Museum has the finest and largest collection of railroad rolling stock in the southwestern United States and the world’s largest collection of railroad dining ware. 33 railcars and engines are displayed over its four acre facility. Weather permitting, kids and adults alike may ride the Harborside Express that takes you around the rail yard. Model Train Theater and audio tours are also available which cover the history of railroading in our country and the various railcars on campus.
Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Place, Galveston, TX, USA + 1 409 765 5700
Drink beer with your spouse and friends and decorate your house – that was what retired upholsterer John Milkovisch did for 18 years beginning in 1968. Ripley’s Believe or Not estimates that there are 50,000 flattened beer cans that cover the sidings of the house and parts of the fence. There are also cut up beer cans strung together hanging from the roof, which John, before passing, claimed lowered their energy bill and sang in the wind. Tours inside the house are possible on weekends.
Beer Can House, 222 Malone Street, Houston, Texas, USA +1 713 926 6368