Art Car Museum – A Free & Fun Thing to Do in Houston!

Address:  140 Heights Blvd, Houston, Texas 77007
Cost:  Free!
Appropriate Age:  Any Age!

Art Car MuseumThis is Alex!  My kids, ages 6 and 4, and I are on a mission to discover fun things to do in the Heights area. This week we visited the Art Car Museum and boy am I glad we did!

I can’t believe I’ve put this trip on hold for so long! It’s amazing and you can always expect to see something new. If you haven’t been here yet, I strongly suggest you go. First of all it is FREE!

They are open Wednesday through Sunday, 11-6pm. From the moment you enter the gates you can see how they’ve Tired & Featheredturned ordinary medal into creative pieces. From the skeleton biker to the design of the car port.

As you walk in to the museum you are greeted by a volunteer who will introduce you to the current art being displayed. They not only have art cars but they also have about 3 other artists’ paintings and sculptures on display throughout.

The day we went we saw 2 of the 4 cars that took first place at the 2013 Art Car Parade. The 1 my daughter was a huge fan of was called “Tired & Feathered” by Joe Haden. This car was unbelievably detailed. The exterior was decorated in bottle caps, while the interior was decorated in colorful quilts and pillows. The tires looked to be covered by the inner tubing of bicycle tires. And I cannot forget the big turkey on the front bumper. I could totally see why this car took 1st place.

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Art Car Museum – Children’s Mini-Art Car Workshop – November 12, 2011


World Art Car Day is Saturday, November 12th. The Art Car Museum will host their annual Children’s Mini-Art Car Workshop from 12-3pm. They provide all the materials for your child to create their very own miniature art car. This event is free!

Houston Weekend Events – November 11, 12, 13

It’s Fall! That means there is a lot to do in Houston. You may want to checkout some of these events this weekend!

November 10 – 13 – The Houston Ballet Guild’s 31st Annual Nutcracker Market – Reliant Center

November 12 – Festival of Lights Grand Opening Moody Gardens

November 13 – Art Car: The Movie – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Weekends – Home for the Holidays –  Old Town Spring

Weekends – Dewberry FarmBrookshire

Weekends – Old MacDonalds Farm – Humble

Art Car Museum



Address: 140 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007

OPEN: Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm
CLOSED: Monday & Tuesday

Cost: Free

Appropriate Age: Any age


Our Review:
The Art Car Museum is located in the Heights and is always free of charge. It has art cars as well as contemporary art. The museum’s goal is to encourage the public’s awareness of the cultural, political, economic and personal dimensions of art.


We visited the museum on a Saturday afternoon and circled Heights Boulevard several times trying to figure out parking. There is no parking lot at the museum and there are about 3 parallel parking spots on Heights Boulevard. I pulled into the Citgo station next door.

The station is slightly sketchy but we went in to make sure we wouldn’t be towed. Inside the person working told me we were welcome to park in the corner of the lot, just not right in front of the store. I should also note that the store was not scary inside, I was just glad my kids did not know to ask about the gambling machines, alcohol and girly magazines.


The museum is funky and small (and free), making it just right for us. There were three cars on display the day that we went and my kids got a kick out of it.   If you want to know what an art car is, go HERE.  Houston is has more art cars than any other city.  We’ve seen them driving around before, but now we know why artists spend so much time creating the masterpieces.


We were in and out in twenty minutes, but could have spent more time if we had stopped to look at the art on display.   I just wanted to get in and out before one of my 3 time bombs (kids) went off.  On the way out, a train was going by the museum, making the trip a total success. (I’m not joking.) I recommend you check out this museum when you are in the area. Also, watch for Art Car: The Movie and the annual Art Car parade!