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Checklist of Houston Attractions
Houston is home to many "districts" - the Theater District and Museum District are the best-known. Here is a quick rundown of some of the top attractions in these areas, organized by theme:

Theater District
• Alley Theatre - One of the oldest and most respected resident professional theater companies in the country, this Tony Award winning theatre literally began in an alley in 1947.

• Houston Ballet - A top-tier troupe with an international reputation, the Houston Ballet is America's fifth largest ballet company, an ensemble of fifty-four dancers who have been hailed by The New York Times as "one of the nation's best ballet companies."

• Houston Grand Opera - HGO is passionate about creating a vital and moving opera experience. Houston Grand Opera is one of the largest opera companies in the United States. The list of kudos is long including numerous Grammy, Tony and Emmy awards.

• Houston Symphony -One of America's pre-eminent performing arts organizations under the musical direction of Hans Graf. The Houston Symphony, founded in 1913, has an impressively rich history and is today counted among the world's finest orchestras.

• Society for the Performing Arts - This 35-year-old organization brings the world's greatest performing artists and companies to Houston. Performances serve as a catalyst for the enrichment, growth, and pleasure of Houston audiences.

• Theatre Under The Stars - As the largest non-profit producer of musical theater in America, TUTS has a reputation for ushering in new musicals. Averaging 200 performances annually, it offers revivals of great Broadway classics, musical premieres, national and international tours.

• Da Camera of Houston - Founded in 1987, Da Camera is renowned for its creative and diverse programming of jazz and chamber music and is in residence at Houston's Wortham Theater Center and the Menil Collection.

• Broadway in Houston - Bringing the best of Broadway touring productions to Houston. Including many Tony Award winning actors and performances.

Museum District
• Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens - This grand mansion, surrounded by 14 acres of landscaped gardens, is home to one of the country's finest decorative arts collections.

• Buffalo Soldiers National Museum - A permanent collection of artifacts and memorabilia, which chronicles the African-American military experience from the Revolutionary War to modern times.

• The Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum - Opened in February 1997 and intimate in scale, the Chapel Museum is the repository in the United States for the only intact Byzantine frescoes in the entire western hemisphere.

• Children's Museum of Houston - Ranked among the top children's museums in the country by Child magazine. Features 14 galleries of hands-on, minds-on activities.

• Contemporary Arts Museum - Housed in an award-winning, all-metal structure that complements its contemporary art.

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