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The John C. Freeman Weather Museum
Ranked #259 of 328 things to do in Houston
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Owner description: The Weather Museum is making the community weather wise. Come see how high the storm surge would be on the upper Texas coast during Category 5 hurricane. Help make your own Tornado. Play Weather Facts and Fun. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday Noon to 4pm.
Reviewed August 8, 2013

Would have been nice to have done it with a guided tour instead of a walk on your own. But there was some great photo's of past hurricanes.

Thank awils58
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

A small museum in a house, but lots of interactive stuff for the kids to do. We went with a school field trip so we had a tour guide. He made it fun for the kids and invited them to participate in his demonstrations frequently.

Thank Jean1990
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We went to see this museum on the same day as several others. I had planned to spend an hour here based on the museum's website. There is metered parking along Caroline St., of if available, free curb parking on Palm Street next to the museum. The sign in front of the museum is not easily seen until you are passing the museum, but there is a small brown road sign pointing to the museum in the median.

The admission desk is to the left after entering the museum. A few gifts can be bought here, but it is really a small selection. The admission cost $5 each adult for a self-guided tour. The website had mentioned a guided tour that could be scheduled in advance with a meteorologist for $8 each and would last 45-60 minutes; that would be the best choice. There is not a lot of information for each exhibit, but you do get a handout that describes what each room is supposed to be.

The first room is a studio that can be used, with the help of museum personnel, to record a weather forecast. It was up and running, so we stood in front of the camera and watched ourselves on the television and monitor provided. The second room had to do with climate zones. They basically have aquariums set up as different environments with reptiles or fish in them. The cyclone room had an exhibit about emergency supplies in case of a hurricane and some satellite and radar photos. There were some hands-on weather experiments and a small tornado chamber further on. Another room discussed the history of weather forecasting and a small video room was set up for showing DVDs. The one playing while we were there was on Hurricane Ike. I think you would get a lot more out of it if you had a meteorologist explaining the various exhibits.

We ended up staying there less than 30 minutes. We could have sat and watched the DVD for a while, but decided not to. If you are really interested in weather, then it may be a good place to stop by for a little while. Otherwise, I would recommend only going with a group with a guide.

Have to say, though, this is the only place in Houston I've seen a snow sled.

Thank MBeard
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

I visited this museum while exploring the Museum District. It is a small museum, as if someone who was a weather geek converted a floor of their house. There is some interesting information here, though, and some good photographs of tornados, hurricanes, floods, etc. This is definitely worth a quick stop, although a borderline good value, given the entry fee.

Thank SolowTraveler
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

if unfamiliar with Texas weather. A small museum that doesn't take you long to explore. A lot of information about hurricanes and a chance to practice your weather forecasting skills. Good for a short visit.

Thank Ttaylo3
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