These Are America’s 20 Most Cultured Cities 2015

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World-class museums, edgy puppet theaters and out-of-the-way bookstores: Travel + Leisure readers ranked America’s biggest cities by their cultural street cred.

3. Houston

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This big-business town has always had a soft spot for world-class art: Its oak-tree-lined Museum District has 20 institutions, including the privately assembled Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the non-denominational Rothko Chapel, which houses 14 of the artist’s abstract paintings. And while the city also has excellent performing arts, like the Houston Ballet, some visitors still crave a bit of Texas twang: You can find it at legendary music store Cactus Music, in the Upper Kirby area, which hosts free singer-songwriter shows most Saturdays, and serves locally made St. Arnold’s beer—a category where the city ranked at No. 5. 

These Are America’s 20 Most Cultured Cities 2015

3. Houston

This big-business town has always had a soft spot for world-class art: Its oak-tree-lined Museum District has 20 institutions, including the privately assembled Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the non-denominational Rothko Chapel, which houses 14 of the artist’s abstract paintings. And while the city also has excellent performing arts, like the Houston Ballet, some visitors still crave a bit of Texas twang: You can find it at legendary music store Cactus Music, in the Upper Kirby area, which hosts free singer-songwriter shows most Saturdays, and serves locally made St. Arnold’s beer—a category where the city ranked at No. 5. 

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