Monthly Archives: February 2010

Houston Weather Museum and Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

John C. Freeman Weather Museum

The Weather Museum is a small house in the museum district turned into a museum. All the exhibits are on the 1st floor and the 2nd floor is storage and offices. As the name suggests, the museum talks about weather with an emphasis on Houston’s weather. It talks about some of the extreme weather Houston has experienced such as a 20” snowfall in the 1800’s and obviously, hurricanes. When we visited it was about a year after Hurricane Ike hit Houston, so there were some exhibits about Hurricane Ike at the museum. A quick museum that took about 15mins to tour, and that was with the throngs of crowds on Museum Day. Not a wow museum for me, good if it is en route to another stop and on the weekly free day. Admission is on the steep side for what you get.


休士頓氣像博物館在博物館區的一間小屋子裏面。展覽全都在一樓,二樓是儲藏室和辦公室。這間博物館描述休士頓平時的天氣和休士頓歷史上的暴躁天氣 例如颱風,大雪,等等。19世紀休士頓有一場大雪,下了20寸雪。休士頓歷史上有很多次颱風。最近是2008年的Ike 颱風。所以博物館有好幾個關於這個颱風的展覽。這個博物館15分鐘就可以看完,沒有什麽特別,免費看就好,門票不划算。

If you go/旅遊資料:

Address/地址: 5104 Caroline St., Houston TX 77004

Hours/開放時間: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm

Free Times/免費時間: Thursday 12-4pm


Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

This is a great museum in the historic Third Ward of Houston that highlights the contributions of African Americans in the American military. There are 3 floors of exhibits in a converted house with parking in back. Numerous exhibits trace the history of wars that African-Americans have participated in starting with the Civil War. The exhibits are well designed and informative. There are artifacts from the various wars such as uniforms, weaponry, and gear. There are also lots of old photographs. Very interesting and informative museum. The exhibit on the artifacts and cooking utensils from the Civil War and Frontier Era was especially well put together.

The Cheyenne Warriors gave the nickname Buffalo Soldier to the soldiers of the 10th Calvary unit for their bravery, courage, and exceptional fighting abilities. The nickname stuck and became a nickname for all African American soldiers.


這個博物館是關於非裔士兵對美國軍隊的貢獻。有三層展覽廰和免費停車場在屋子後面。博物館從美國南北戰爭講起,讓參觀者認識非裔參軍的歷史和貢獻。有軍服,兵器,用具,和舊照片。南北戰和美國邊境 的展覽特別有趣,可以看到那時候的生活多麽簡樸和艱難。

擴展美國邊疆時代,夏延族印第安人給了非裔士兵 “Buffalo Soldier” 這個名字。是讚揚非裔士兵的勇敢非凡作戰能力。後來這個名字就代表全部非裔士兵。

If you go/旅遊資料:

Address/地址: 1834 Southmore St., Houston TX 77004

Hours/開放時間: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm

Free Times/免費時間: Monday 12-5pm


Check out my Houston Museum Guide for reviews of more museums.



Czech Center Houston

Brno Gallery

The Czech Center Museum Houston is a relatively new museum that opened in 1995 to celebrate and share the Czech culture. It is a beauty. I loved the interiors. The Center is richly decorated in the Baroque style, with luxurious rugs, giant chandeliers, ironwork, and art glass windows. It has a very beautiful old world European feel to it.  The Czech Center is a both a center and a museum so it has a number of fancy rooms for functions and banquets. They host film showings and cultural events. There are also exhibits featuring Czech fine arts and culture such as glassware and crystalware, paintings, furniture, and dolls. It is not a big museum, and will probably take 30mins-1hr to visit. The docent was great and very knowledgeable. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here.

  • Kolaches, which are breads stuffed with filling like sausage, ham and egg, egg and cheese, etc originated from the Czech
  • Czechs in Texas live spread out in many of the smaller towns in central Texas such as Fayetteville, Praha, Hallettsville, and Dubina.

捷克中心/ 博物館

捷克中心開創於1995年,和休市社區分享捷克文化。 這個博物館有歐洲古色的風格。室内裝修漂亮華麗。這個中心的巴洛克風格裝修精巧,有漂亮的地毯,大水晶燈, 和藝術玻璃窗戶。這裡也有開宴會的大廳,和捷克電影,文化節目。博物館展覽捷克藝術- 玻璃和水晶製品, 油畫 水彩畫, 家具,和洋娃娃。這個博物館不大, 30分鐘至1 小時可以看完。講解員很詳細的解釋捷克文化。

  • Kolache 包子 是德州人喜愛的食物。這種包子來自捷克。像中國人的包子裏面有餡。他們喜歡用香腸,火腿,雞蛋,和奶酪餡。
  • 德州的捷克人住得不稠密,所以沒有捷克城。很多住在德州中部。

If you go/旅遊資料:
地址: 4920 San Jacinto @ Wichita, Houston TX 7700
Hours/開放時間: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
門票: $6 docent tour, gift shop admission free. $6 講解員導遊, 禮品店免費

Check out my Houston Museum Guide for reviews of more museums.



Wenceslas Chapel