Off the Beaten Path in Houston

One-of-a-kind museums offer unique experiences for Houston travelers By: Kelly Rosenfeld
At Houston’s Beer Can House, visitors can see John Milkovisch’s folk art legend, a house made up of more than 50,000 beer cans.  // © 2012...
At Houston’s Beer Can House, visitors can see John Milkovisch’s folk art legend, a house made up of more than 50,000 beer cans.  // © 2012 OrangeMonument.org

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Some of Houston’s most unique offerings remain unknown to many, including favorite folk art museums that will appeal to the eclectic tastes of travelers.

Beer Can House
At the Beer Can House, visitors can see John Milkovisch’s folk art legend, a house made up of more than 50,000 beer cans and decorated over 18 years. They can also catch a glimpse of vintage photographs and archives that tell the story of the house, as well as learn to better understand the importance of folk art. 

Art Car Museum
Open since 1998, the Art Car Museum is a private institution dedicated to contemporary art. It is also an exhibition forum for local, national and international artists. The museum emphasizes art cars and other fine arts that are rarely acknowledged by most other cultural institutions. Its current exhibition, “Art Car Revolution,” runs through May 13.

National Museum of Funeral History
The National Museum of Funeral History was founded to preserve and share the rich heritage of the funeral industry, and is the only place to find a coffin shaped like a Mercedes Benz or a 4,500 pound, 19-foot long hearse.

Orange Show Monument
The Orange Show is Houston postman Jeff McKissack's creation in honor of his favorite fruit. It illustrates his belief that longevity comes from hard work and good nutrition. The result is an architectural maze of walkways, balconies, arenas and exhibits decorated with mosaics and brightly painted iron figures.

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