• Holocaust Museum Houston Expands

     
    FROM THE Summer 2019 ISSUE
     

    Venue reopens following a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Holocaust Museum Houston will reopen this June following a multimillion-dollar expansion that more than doubled its size. At 57,000 square feet, the new three-story structure will be the fourth-largest Holocaust museum in the country and the first to be bilingual in English and Spanish. In addition, the museum will include the nation’s largest gallery of artwork by artist Samuel Bak, a Holocaust survivor.

The building will be renamed the Holocaust Museum Houston, Lester and Sue Smith Campus, in gratitude for the Smiths’ $15 million gift, the largest in the museum’s history.

Houston’s new attraction, Seismique, is a feast for the senses. The 40,000-square-foot art-fueled experiential museum on Houston’s west side is built to capture the imagination of audiences with more than 40 unique exhibits showcasing dazzling displays of light (generated by 9 million LEDs), color, sound and natural elements.

 

For more than 300 years, ranching has been a way of life—and business—in Texas. The uniquely Texan ranch experience has captured the imagination of the world, and ranches have served as uncredited “stars” for some of Hollywood’s most iconic productions: from Reata, the fictitious ranch depicted in the classic movie “Giant,” to the glamorous Southfork Ranch, home of the primetime soap opera “Dallas.” Longhorns, horses, cowboys, rodeos, 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots: There is an alluring mystique surrounding Texas ranches.

 

In November, Dallas-based Todd Interests opened Thompson Dallas, part of hospitality brand Thompson Hotels. Thompson Dallas features 219 rooms, including 52 suites, two penthouse suites, and two culinary destinations.