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“What a Hidden Jewel!”

The Heritage Society
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Ranked #68 of 316 things to do in Houston
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 27, 2013

We attended an evening function here recently - this old structure of Houston historical origins, sitting beneath the skyscrapers... What a contrast! Knowledgeable "re-enactors" visited our table giving us tie-bits of historical facts... A magician, as well... and a real longhorn - all in a nice garden setting. The Museum actually has regular hours where visitors can learn about Houston history and how this thriving metropolis got its start in the wilds of the Texas Gulf Coast...

Highly recommended as a "non-commercial" tourist stop... Or one to visit, if you never have, as a local learning about the history of your own town!

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

In Houston the weather plays a big part in having fun doing things that involve walking and sightseeing. We had wanted to check this place out for years but if the weather was good and we had the time the museum was closed. When everything lined up for us to go it was worth the wait and planning. It is a wonderful place to learn about Houston and South Texas Heritage and the buildings are beautiful and the staff knowledgeable and helpful.

Thank Comstock M
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Great place to visit during Christmas season-the homes are decorated and have period guided tours. Very festive!

Thank D. M
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

A bit of history right in the middle of the 4th largest city in the United States.

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Reviewed April 1, 2012

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!

3  Thank PEPSIbamboo
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