America's Top Free Attractions
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Houston Museum District, Houston
Like a Texan version of the Smithsonian complex, the Houston Museum District numbers 19 museums within about a 1.5-mile radius around a fountain—and 12 are free daily. The freebies include the Menil Collection, whose light-filled gallery space displays everything from African and Oceanic art to modern surrealists. Continue on to the Houston Center for Photography, the Holocaust Museum, and the nondenominational Rothko Chapel, inspired by Mark Rothko’s mural canvases. Many come to meditate or quietly read in the ethereal space.