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“Cool Downtown Attraction” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Heritage Society Museum

Heritage Society Museum
1100 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)
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Ranked #48 of 126 Attractions in Houston
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Houston, Texas
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Cool Downtown Attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

They have these old houses that were saved from the wrecking ball in a park in downtown. They used to have Christmas time tours of the houses but they didn't have one this year. There is a gazebo in the center of the park and really great views of downtown. The main building has a museum with exhibits of yesteryear Houston. I recommend that you call ahead for info about tours. If you have kids, they would be bored to tears. If you want to treat your grandmother or elderly aunt to a nostalgia trip, they would enjoy it.

Visited October 2011
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The Villages, Florida
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“More and Less than expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

We started at the visitors center where we expected to find something about the history of the city of Houston. We found not much about the city, but instead saw a very entertaining recreated general store and a few interesting displays of hats. Not what we expected, but enjoyable nonetheless. We did not have time to wait for the guided walking tour (small fee), so we explored on our own, peeking though the windows of the historic homes that are in the park area. That was fun, but still did not give us much in the way of Houston heritage. If you are in Houston with a couple hours to fill, this is worth the stop, but we wished there was more about Houston's heritage.

Visited September 2011
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“Hidden Gems Amongst the Sky Scrapers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2009

As visitors from the UK, we really enjoyed the opportunity to see some "historic" houses in Houston.

Although you can look at the outside of the houses and peek through the windows for free, we went to the visitors' centre, where you can sign up for a tour. It looked as though we 3 would be the only ones taking a tour, and we were given the chance to pick the 4 houses to be toured. Our guide was kind enough to add in the church as an extra, since we expressed interest in it.

Our guide was very young and extremely knowledgeable. It was a hot and humid day, and she took us along at a gentle pace with lots of time to look at the houses and ask questions.

I would recommend this museum and especially the tour to anyone.

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Kemah, Texas
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“8 Historic Buildings to Tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2007

At the northern end of downtown Houston is a surprise: the 8 structures on 19 acres that make up the Houston Heritage Society. The Kellum-Noble house was built on the property in 1847. As the city grew around the area, concerned citizens decided to save the house from demolition, so in 1954 the place was saved and the Houston Heritage Society began.

It is quite interesting to see how life was lived over 150 years ago (with no air conditioning!), as the house has been restored and furnished to appear as it did when it served as home to Nathaniel Kellum, a Virginian who settled in the area.

The other 7 structures have been moved to the park and include: a cabin built in the 1820's; a Greek Revival house built for William Marsh Rice, who helped start Rice University; a 4th Ward cottage from about 1866; the Victorian PIllot House; the San Felipe House, built in 1868; the 1870 Yates House; the St. John Church, built in 1890; and my favorite, the Staiti House, a well-preserved spec house built in 1905.

You won't be disappointed by what you learn, and how you feel about those who settled this area, after seeing authentic dwellings lovingly preserved.

The museum is free, and guided tours are $6 and are conducted Tuesday-Sunday. The Heritage Society website has the details: [-]

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