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Three cultural learning activities in Houston

Jason Martinez


As one of Texas' most cosmopolitan cities, Houston has a lot to offer in terms of cultural sites. The city is known as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the US, with residents speaking up to 90 different languages. With so much diversity, Houston also provides 3 awesome cultural places that you should not skip if you want an immersive and educational experience.

1. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

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The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is the country's first classical Hindu temple. The architectural origins are its historical prominence, of which parts were transported from India to the United States, and then meticulously reassembled in Stafford, Texas, a suburb of Houston.

The Mandir took 16 months and 1.3 million volunteer hours to be put together, using 33,000 hand-carved fragments of Turkish Limestone and Italian marble.

With 22 acres of grounds, visitors can walk around and marvel at beautiful white structures, Indian arts and culture, as well as Hinduism. The temple also provides an audio guide to help you through the visit.

2. Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH)

The Houston Holocaust Museum, Museum District, Houston, TXEd Schipul/Flickr

The Holocaust Museum Houston was established in March of 1996, and it aims to educate visitors about holocaust history and serve as a remembrance center to preserve the memories of Holocaust survivors.

Passionate letters, poems, artwork, and other gifts from school students and adults alike would testify to the life-changing thoughts sparked at this one-of-a-kind facility.

With several galleries, a learning center, and exhibitions, the HMH provides a priceless source of education about human rights. The museum also showcases the importance of preserving history through art, interactive tours, and the use of media and technology.

3. The Czech Center Museum Houston

Czech Center

The Czech Center Museum in Houston offers unique educational experiences focused on authentic artifacts, art, music, stories, and the life history of the Czechs and the Slovaks. The museum highlights the journey of those who fled their homeland in search of freedom and democracy in the United States.

The museum aspires to be a welcoming space that actively promotes the research, appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of various cultures and traditions. With detailed showings of Czech cultures through art, artifacts, and even stunning traditional clothes, a visit to the museum will paint an immersive picture of Czech history, culture, and its people.

Take your time to enjoy Houston and learn about its various cultures and the people who inhabit it. Don't forget to check their websites and plan your journey according to the safety regulations.

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