The Art Car Museum in Houston, Texas: A Must-See Folk Art Attraction

Updated on June 29, 2018
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

For those who appreciate the wild and wacky—or at least the unusual—be sure to visit the Art Car Museum if you are in Houston. It is a folk art happening that is sure to delight the senses!

  • It is located at 140 Heights Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77007.
  • The museum is open from 11 am to 6 pm Wednesday to Sunday, and admission is free.
  • To accommodate large groups, please call 713-861-5526 before visiting the museum.

The museum was first opened in 1998. It showcases a few art cars at a time (due to space limitations) and is also a venue for artists who create modern art. The shows are changed frequently, and it is always a surprise to visit and see what is being showcased.

Subjects both serious and bizarre are addressed. Some of the artists are not yet well recognized, so being able to display their works in this museum may help launch their art careers.

Three-dimensional works of art are sometimes whimsical and surprising. All types of wall art are on display. Videos can also be viewed in a gallery at the back of the museum. A somewhat macabre video that was once on view inside of the museum showed a body being cremated. It took us a few moments to even realize what we were viewing.

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Details of ornamentation on top of the Art Car Museum in HoustonExterior view of the Art Car MuseumUnder carport at Art Car MuseumAcross the street from the Art Car MuseumLizard or dragon art carArt car in front of Art Car MuseumArt inside of the Art Car MuseumArt inside of the Art Car Museum.  Silverware such as table knives were utilized in creating the wings of this bird sculpture.
Details of ornamentation on top of the Art Car Museum in Houston
Details of ornamentation on top of the Art Car Museum in Houston | Source
Exterior view of the Art Car Museum
Exterior view of the Art Car Museum | Source
Under carport at Art Car Museum
Under carport at Art Car Museum | Source
Across the street from the Art Car Museum
Across the street from the Art Car Museum | Source
Lizard or dragon art car
Lizard or dragon art car | Source
Art car in front of Art Car Museum
Art car in front of Art Car Museum | Source
Art inside of the Art Car Museum
Art inside of the Art Car Museum | Source
Art inside of the Art Car Museum.  Silverware such as table knives were utilized in creating the wings of this bird sculpture.
Art inside of the Art Car Museum. Silverware such as table knives were utilized in creating the wings of this bird sculpture. | Source

There is nothing serious about these cars with the exception of the time and inspiration put forth from the artists who created these icons to the independence of personal expression.

Some of the art cars are simply painted, mirrored, or plastered with every kind of object from beads to boxes, bunnies to coffeepots and so on. Others are transformed into other shapes entirely, such as a ladies' red high-heeled shoe, an outhouse, or a roach. You name it and eventually, someone’s imagination will have made it a reality.

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My hubby & me with the Art Car named RexInside the Art Car MuseumView of art car named “Faith”Details on art car called “Faith”My mother inside of the Art Car Museum
My hubby & me with the Art Car named Rex
My hubby & me with the Art Car named Rex | Source
Inside the Art Car Museum
Inside the Art Car Museum | Source
View of art car named “Faith”
View of art car named “Faith” | Source
Details on art car called “Faith”
Details on art car called “Faith” | Source
My mother inside of the Art Car Museum
My mother inside of the Art Car Museum | Source

Houston Art Car Parade

The largest Art Car Parade in the country is held each year in Houston. People drive these wacky cars from all over the nation and convene in our city for a festival and parade consisting of the unusual and fun.

Cars are not the only thing featured. Anything motorized has come to be included.

If you like cars of all types and descriptions and you appreciate what can be done to change their appearance, then this type of parade and festival just might be right up your alley!

Have you ever attended the Houston Art Car Parade?

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A Fun Houston Venue

In a city of this size (the fourth largest in the United States) we have many entertaining venues to choose from. Often when we have had out-of-town visitors, we have included the Houston Art Car Museum on our list of places to take them. No one has ever walked away from the experience without being amused.

If you find yourself in Houston, Texas and have extra time on your hands, you just might wish to check out this wild and wacky entertaining place dedicated to portraying cars in a manner that is different from the norm. Who knows? It might give you some ideas about how to embellish yours!

People in our city like their art cars. We often spot them in various places around town as well as in the museum. So keep your eyes peeled if driving the streets of our city. You may just spot some unusual ones for yourself!

Looking forward to your comments below.

Art Cars Spotted in Other Areas Around Houston

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Art car spotted in Hermann Park Art car spotted in Houston Museum of Fine Arts parking lot.Art cars spotted in the Houston Heights
Art car spotted in Hermann Park
Art car spotted in Hermann Park | Source
 Art car spotted in Houston Museum of Fine Arts parking lot.
Art car spotted in Houston Museum of Fine Arts parking lot. | Source
Art cars spotted in the Houston Heights
Art cars spotted in the Houston Heights | Source

Do you see art cars where you live?

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Location of our Houston Art Car Museum

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi C E Clark,

        This museum is a fun place to visit. People are certainly imaginative when they create their art cars! Thanks for the shares.

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        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Ethel,

        I am glad you liked them. They are really fun to view in various places in addition to this art car museum.

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        C E Clark 

        3 weeks ago from North Texas

        People certainly have wild imaginations! Great photos as always. Looks like a fun event. The museum would certainly be an interesting experience. Posted to FB and Awesome HubPages.

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        Ethel Smith 

        3 weeks ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

        Some great images of some fab cars Peggy thank you

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Viet Doan,

        If you come to Houston again perhaps you will have some time to check out the art car museum. Assuredly there will be different things on display than what was featured here. They change things out regularly.

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        Viet Doan 

        2 months ago from Big Island, Hawaii

        So bizarre yet so creative! I've never heard of this museum before, even though I've been to Houston quite a few times. Thank Peggy for such a fascinating article. I love that picture of you and your husband next to that giant bunny car!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Rajan,

        We also have vintage car rallies here. These art cars are whimsical and fun. The people who create them must also have a lot of fun. Glad you found this interesting.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        2 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

        Nothing like this do we have here so this was interesting reading and watching. We do have vintage cars and rallies but that's about all.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi John,

        Yes kids of all ages seem to appreciate these art cars. It would be nice for you to get to visit this art car museum in Houston someday. Perhaps you might even spot some art cars on our streets.

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        John Ray 

        2 months ago from Philippines

        Wow, everything there was fantastic! I am loving those cars and I am amazed by their designs. It is vibrant, detailed, and very pleasant-looking. Kids must have liked that as well. Looking forward to going there in the future.Thanks for this!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Patricia,

        They televise the Houston Art Car Parade each year and that is how we choose to view it. It is a fun and amazing event! Thanks for the visit and good wishes.

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        Patricia Scott 

        2 months ago from sunny Florida

        What fun that parade must be!!! I am always amazed at creations folks can come up with. thank you for sharing with us. Angels are once again headed your way ps

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi John,

        I agree with you that a lot of time and effort has been put into creating these art cars. Happy to be able to showcase this local Houston museum to you.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Peggy, there are certainly some weird and whacky creations here, but you have to appreciate the time and effort people devote to them.

        I haven't seen a museum like this in Australia though so would love to visit one day if ever possible. Thanks for sharing.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        2 months ago

        Yes, I can see where it would be a fun place to visit.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Robert,

        Different is a good word to describe the Art Car Museum. It is also fun!

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        Robert Sacchi 

        2 months ago

        It does seem a nice place to visit. Certainly different.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Linda,

        The annual art car parade is well publicized in our city and years ago we stumbled on to the fact of there being an art car museum here. It is certainly different and rather fun. It is also fun viewing art cars when they are spotted on the streets of Houston. I will be curious to know if you spot them in Canada where you live.

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I've never thought much about art cars before. The ones in your photos are certainly interesting! I'll have to look for some in my part of the world. Thanks for sharing another enjoyable article about Houston.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        You are correct what you said about driving an art car. You would certainly not be anonymous or blend into the crowd. Ha ha!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 months ago from USA

        What a wacky place you’ve profiled! Very fun for people of all ages. I’d love to visit. I’ve seen some art cars although I didn’t know what to call them at the time and was amused. Couldn’t imagine driving one. You couldn’t get away with being anonymous.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi agusfanani,

        I know how you like to recycle things so using what most probably would be discarded items to create these art cars would really appeal to you.

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        agusfanani 

        2 months ago from Indonesia

        Hi Peggy W,

        That's a very interesting place to visit. I love cars and amaze ones that are well maintained so that they are still functional despite their age. I wish I could visit this museum and see The Flintstones' car in person. :))

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi manatita,

        The primary difference between the Beer Can House and the Art Car Museum is that the former one was created over the course of many years by one man who had a vision. The Art Car Museum features many different artists and the venue always has new things on display. This is but a small sample of what there is to see in Houston.

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        manatita44 

        2 months ago from london

        A short one Peggy. Some how I love the Beer Can story a lot more, although in some ways they are both creative. Houston has a lot of things to see. I'll look you up next time. Lol.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Jackie,

        Art cars are quite commonly seen down here and it is always fun when we spot them. We also have many auto shows and enjoy seeing some of the older models.

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        2 months ago from The Beautiful South

        I don't think I have ever seen an art car and I would love to. I do go to auto shows to see the old ones and have a lot of photos but I am very jealous of this. Very good!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pamela,

        This is a fun museum to visit. Because of the frequent changes of art as well as the different art cars on display there is always something new to discover.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        There are almost endless things to do and see in the Houston area. I'm happy to be able to introduce you to some of them. You are correct about the heat in the late spring, summer and early fall. The rest of the year would be the time to visit for more moderate temperatures. (Smile)

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        2 months ago from Sunny Florida

        This car museum looks like it is truly amazing and unique. I think it would be a fun place to visit. the pictures show a whole different type of art. Interesting article.

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        Bill Holland 

        2 months ago from Olympia, WA

        You write so eloquently about Houston, Peggy, it almost makes me want to visit there...but then that heat thing pops up and I come to my senses. :)

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Mary,

        I am not sure that there are other museums like this art car museum here in Houston. We seem to celebrate art cars. For the art car annual parade some school children in art classes get involved in the making of an art car with their teacher's help and advice. It is really fun seeing the art cars out on the streets.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Heidi,

        You can certainly call the Art Car Museum unique. Glad you liked the photos.

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        Mary Norton 

        2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        This is amazing Peggy. I don't think I have been to any art car museum. I am sure this is interesting to see how individuals express themselves in their cars.

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        Heidi Thorne 

        2 months ago from Chicago Area

        Well, isn't this unique! Thanks for sharing the great pics!

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