About the Museum of Houston

The Museum of Houston is an online presence for archival materials and exhibits featuring aspects of Houston history. It has been funded by the Houston Endowment and supported and developed by the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance and Rice University. Archival content has been contributed by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (Houston Public Library), the McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center (Houston Academy of Medicine / Texas Medical Center), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas Southern University, the Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park, University of Houston and Rice University, as well as individual contributors.

Preservation Houston (then Greater Houston Preservation Alliance), with support from Houston Endowment Inc., JPMorgan Chase, Rice University and the Herzstein Foundation, began project planning for the Museum of Houston in 2005. Since then, more than 500 photographs and historic documents have been added to the museum’s repository, and digitization efforts from partner institutions have made thousands of other resources available.

The initial Museum of Houston repository is available to search or browse online, and interactive online exhibits are being developed based on those and other materials to highlight various aspects of Houston's history.