The Heritage Society
The Heritage Society
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Welcome to The Heritage Society where our collections of historic buildings and artifacts tell the fascinating stories of the people, opportunities, and events that came together to build the nation's fourth largest city - Houston, Texas. Tour authentically restored buildings that span the city's history from before statehood to the oil boom of the early 20th century. See furnishings that reflect the lifestyles and cultural influences of Houston's earliest residents. Enjoy fun, family-friendly activities for learning about the growth and development of the city. Hear experts tell the stories of the people who came to Houston seeking new opportunities. Experience Houston's history through exhibitions about the city's diverse population. Celebrate Houston here! Admission to The Heritage Society Museum is free. Guided tours are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for students and children 5 yr. and under are free.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Oliver S
New York City, NY11,417 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
It’s not the 5 bucks charge to see what amounts to a large room filled with old costumes and props from the Allen Theater and the remains of an old General store. It’s the pretense to be a Historical Society Museum which lacks any history. Sad situation, especially if you are a history enthusiast. Cute large bird (see pix) greets you upon entrance and they hurry to assure you that it’s made with recycled components only. As if it has anything to do with history. There is a statue of John Connally, the Governor who was in the car with Kennedy when he got shot, maybe it's his town. The only interesting item is a large wood cabin in the back, which claims to be the oldest standing structure in the State of Texas, but you can see it coming from the street without paying the admission to the Museum. Skip it.
Written June 3, 2022
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,983 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
We came by during Memorial Day weekend but it was closed. We walked around the locked fence and then over to Sam Houston Park where we’re got a little closer to those historic buildings.

At least a sign was posted in front of each building to help identify it and if you call the 713 number posted then you’ll get a free audio tour that made up for the lack of guides.
Written June 11, 2022
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Judi K
Canterbury, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
Written November 17, 2009
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Muhammad Saqib
Houston, TX321 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
Small museum having different historical exhibits and history about immigrants entering in Texas through Galveston. The museum is free but if you need to visit the historical houses from inside, it will cost $15 per person.
Written January 28, 2015
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mplsfoode
Minneapolis, MN122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Business
I had a quick visit to the Heritage Society museum. The small museum itself is free and has a neat exhibit of an old general store. You can walk around the grounds and see the exteriors of all of the houses for free and listen to an audioguide for free on your phone. However, you cannot go inside the houses without a paid tour, as the houses are furnished and locked. The historical society only offers a few tours a day and unfortunately the times didn't work with my tight scheduled, therefore I didn't take a tour. However, I still recommend visiting the small museum and viewing the exterior of the houses. Easy walk if you are staying downtown Houston.
Written March 2, 2017
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Thanks for stopping by. We can do a one or two building tour if you don't have enough time for a full tour.
Written March 3, 2017
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Sharon H
Houston, TX451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This organization is great.
Good programs on a variety of topics
Monthly lecture at noon.
Several historic homes and been relocated to this parking site to maintain a wide view of Houston's architecture past and locals lives.
Old time store inside the museum.
Revolving exhibits
Holiday program (2 weekends in Dec) with home tours that has been continuous for many many years.
***Downtown, if you are Intown for biz or an event hop over and enjoy this space. They have a little known free parking site about a block away. But only park their if you are going to this venue, it's private.
Written January 15, 2015
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PEPSIbamboo
Houston, TX1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Solo
This place is REALLY worth seeing, although it's maybe not so famous for the visitors.
One thing about the tour is that you can only choose FOUR out of the ten structures to get in and visit, making a one-hour tour, otherwise they are not open to visitors. I would recommend three here: 1) the Kellum-Noble House, which is the only building out of the ten built on its original site; 2) the Nicoles-Rice-Cherry House, where the founder of Rice University, William Rice, once lived; and 3) the Staiti House, which is a beautiful beautiful house once owned by one of the earliest oil explorers Henry Staiti. The pillot House looks nice from outside too, but I didn't get a chance to get in :) Moreover, there is this cute little pond in the small park where the church locates in, the scenery is fantastic. The skyscrapers are just one block away, but they seem totally not real in the background.
BTW, the tour is FREE for students, and the guide is very nice. The tour office is in a mini museum right near the entrance, and there is a exquisitely-built, old-time grocery in there, don't miss it!
Written April 1, 2012
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Melusine13
Texas81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
These buildings were salvaged or donated and lovingly restored and maintained. They reflect different periods in Texas (and Houston's) history from the log cabin up until about the turn of the century. The docents also host a Christmas tour of these historic homes on certain December evenings, with them lit by candelight. A wonderful walk through history! Take the tour and visit the museum.
Written February 8, 2012
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RICHARD R
Houston, TX14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
Lots of walking. The furnishings are outstanding. Be sure to get a guide. Beautiful park with a small lake.
Written August 8, 2017
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LAtoEverywhere
Los Angeles, CA418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
We enjoyed the museum greatly, from the 25 cents for the player piano to looking at the general store merchandise. We took the tour of the homes for $15 and it was a lot like other tours we had taken in other cities. The docent was very nice and this would be perfect for first time visitors. Don't miss the museum. It is near city hall.
Written April 25, 2015
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