Houston Police Museum
In the police headquarters!
Daniel and his Mom from Pasadena, Texas!
Museums sometimes take all day to visit, but The Houston Police Museum was just right for me. It took maybe 2 hours to see everything. It's located right when you enter police headquarters in downtown Houston. The first thing I saw was this awesome helicopter hanging from the ceiling. My Mom said it wasn't the real thing, just a little version of the real thing (but I think it is real). The museum had tons of pictures from the old days, weapons and uniforms and not just from Houston but from all over the world.
Whenever important people come to Houston they bring stuff they use in their own police departments. It was cool to see all the stuff the cops use to do their jobs. There was also a pretty serious part of the museum. It was a wall filled with the names and badges of 111 Houston police officers that have died in the line of duty. It made me think about how brave these police officers are to be out there every day. After the tour, we got to go into the gift shop and I got a really neat toy police car.
The best thing about buying stuff at this shop is that the money they make goes to help buy stuff the police officers need to keep us safe. My Mom says that's a bargain at any price.
The Houston Police Museum is a new addition to downtown Houston Police Headquarters. Originally housed at the Police Academy, it was relocated to department headquarters on the corner of Travis and Dallas in 2010. Officials have kept the Police Academy location open to house additional memorabilia that can be featured in the main museum as visiting exhibits.
This small but informative museum highlights Houston police department history and honors those police officers who have sacrificed their lives for the safety of others. An interactive memorial gives visitors details on each of the 111 police officers who have been slain since the force was begun in 1841. Daniel liked the helicopter, but my personal favorite is the restored 1951 patrol car.
The museum is free, but parking is not. There are several lots, garages and on-street parking in the downtown area or get around on the Greenlink bus or METROrail.
1200 Travis, Houston, Texas 77002
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|Daniel Tip: The museum is open until 9pm, but if you go early, you will still have time to explore another free downtown Houston secret thing to do - the underground tunnels!|
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