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Houston Arboretum

A world of nature at your fingertips.

The Houston Arboretum provides Houstonions and travelers alike the opportunity to escape the city crowds without actually leaving the city. Nestled on the boundary of Memorial Park, the Arboretum offers educational opportunities regarding the environment for audiences of all ages across its 155-acre oasis. In addition to playing sanctuary to many visitors, the Arboretum also strives to protect native plants and animals threatened by Houston’s ever-growing urban center.

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Houston Ballet

Pirouettes for every season.

Since 1955, the Houston Ballet has delivered culture and class to Houstonians through dance as an art form and as a vehicle for storytelling. With a current company of 59 dancers, the Houston Ballet performs year round at the Wortham Theater Center, the largest professional dance facility in America. From classic ballet favorites to eclectic modern performances, the Houston Ballet is an art-scene staple.

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Museum of Fine Arts

Modern art from around the globe.

The Museum of Fine Arts brings the world to Houston through its diverse array of ever-changing modern art installations. In addition to artwork designed to challenge viewers’ perceptions of their world, the Museum of Fine Arts also strives to provide arts education to all age groups. Viewers can expect to feel amazed and enlightened by the myriad works that fill the museum, and can even enjoy the collection for free every Thursday.


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Contemporary Arts Museum

International, national, and regional art brought to life.

Founded in 1948, the Contemporary Arts Museum presents dynamic international, national, and regional collections of art. The Contemporary Arts Museum encourages engagement with its exhibits by sponsoring educational programs and publications, in addition to online content. Featuring art that represents the current cultural climate, the Contemporary Arts Museum strives to represent all people through selecting both diverse artists and art forms.

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Opera in the Heights

Classic and modern stories onstage.

Opera in the Heights features a regional, professional company of performers to produce shows year-round. Through providing a venue for emerging talents in the opera world, Opera in the Heights also offers a unique theater experience to the Greater Houston Area. Both season and individual tickets are available for their productions, which range from Mozart. The Magic Flute to Bernstein’s Candide.

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Houston Grand Opera

Renowned performances and international talent.

Since its formation in 1955, The Houston Grand Opera has transformed from a regional organization into a high-profile international opera company. The only opera company to have won a Tony, two Grammys, and two Emmys, the Houston Grand Opera focuses on new productions. The Houston Grand Opera has engineered 56 world premieres and seven American premieres since 1973, in addition to bringing their performances as far as Europe and Asia. Their high level of talent and inspired productions make the Houston Grand Opera a fixture in the Houston theater world.

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Society for the Performing Arts

A gem in Houston’s art scene.

The Society for the Performing Arts has filled Houston’s Jones Hall with performances since 1966. Endowed by late Houston philanthropist and businessman Jesse H. Jones, the Society for the Performing Arts strives to entertain Jones Hall audiences year rounds with productions ranging from operas and symphonies to inspired dances, tour groups, and musicals.

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