Montrose is quickly becoming one of the most hip neighborhoods in Houston. The area is extremely diverse with a lot of cool places to check out and fun activities to enjoy.

I know you can’t spend all of your time jamming out to live music, so here’s of list of art galleries and museums you should stop by next time you are visiting Montrose. And if you live here, take a weekend to explore your neighborhood and all that it has to offer. Many of these are free!

The Menil Collection

Menil Collection

The Menil Collection is a totally free art museum founded by husband and wife John and Dominique de Menil. The couple collected diverse works of art from the ’40s up until their deaths in 1973 and 1997 respectively with the museum opening to the public in 1987. The collections feature paintings, sculptures, historical artifacts, photographs, books, and more.

Rothko Chapel

Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel is an inspirational sanctuary open every day of the year to all people at no charge. Mark Rothko was commissioned by the de Menil’s to design the space as a work of art to house Rothko’s paintings. Since its completion in 1971, the Rothko Chapel has served of a place of meditation regardless of visitors’ religions. Visit the Chapel to take in the art and reflect on yourself and the world around you.

Fun fact: Peter Gabriel (the original lead singer of progressive rock band Genesis) wrote a song called “Fourteen Black Paintings” after visiting the Chapel and seeing Rothko’s paintings.

Archway Gallery

Archway Gallery

Interested in checking out some local art? Archway Gallery is a unique, artist-owned gallery on Dunlavy. The art changes monthly with opening receptions on the first Saturday of each month. Stop by to meet the artists and hear what they have to say about their artwork.

Art League of Houston

Art League Houston

Established in 1948, the Art League of Houston is a non-profit organization celebrating contemporary art by local artists. In addition to its exhibitions and public art galleries, the Art League of Houston also offers art classes and community programs. Why not learn a new skill?

Houston Center for Photography

houston center for photography

Interested in how to take the perfect portrait or edit those concert photos? The Houston Center for Photography offers classes at varying levels in both film and digital photography. The venue hosts exhibitions that include works by both established as well as up-and-coming photographers. The exhibition gallery is free to the public.

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