Houston Art Car Museum
Location: Houston, TX (140 Heights Blvd.)
When to visit: Open 11-6 Wednesday through Sunday
Time needed: 20-60 minutes
Art and cars are both awesome on their own, but put them together and you have the Art Car Museum in Houston. This small facility displays a handful of cars decorated in all sorts of crazy designs. Some have toys and trinkets glued all over them. Some are just painted funny. All are fascinating to see.
The car shown at the top of this post is called Planet Karmann. The 1971 VW Karmann Ghia was created by Shelley Buschur and depicts a woman floating peacefully through the cosmos.
Below is a 2007 Toyota Yaris called Little Bit of Nonsense by Randy Blair. The title is an understatement, as there’s a whole lot of nonsense on this car:
This next car, titled Z-ena the Mermaid, is my favorite. The colors are cool on this 1975 Datsun 280Z by Bonnie Blue. It was inspired by her experience on Galveston Island and it was even featured on Ellen.
The cars do change at this museum. My visit was more than a year ago, so if you visit today don’t expect to see the same vehicles. The back room features some non-car artwork, such a papier mache Elvis (“Elvis Presley” by Jesse Lott) and a mirror and wood art piece (“People That Eat Animals Have a Love Deficiency” by Forrest Prince.)
The Art Car Museum is free, and it’s one of the better spots to find quirky culture in Houston, so drop by when you’re in town.