Clute, TX 77531
Brazosport Center for the Fine Arts and Sciences
Millions of people are attracted to the Texas Gulf Coast every year for all types of seaside related recreation. Twelve miles inland from that same coastline is The Center for the Arts and Sciences (The Center) where since 1976, the heritage, talents and history of the area have all been on display. The Center is home to BASF Planetarium, Brazosport Symphony Orchestra, Brazosport Art League, Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, and Brazosport Center Stages. Brazosport has much to offer people who are looking for somewhere new to spend their leisure time. Located within an hour of downtown Houston, Brazosport’s proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, state and national parks, wildlife refuges, museums and new world class accommodations help to make it worthy of the title, ‘destination’. Here are more details:
Brazosport Art League
Regional, national and international art and artists have shown in The Center’s Gallery, which is home to the Brazosport Art League. Exhibits change every 5-6 weeks. In addition to a regular schedule of shows there are workshops, demonstrations, and classes for adults and children. Admission to the gallery is always free. In addition, the Art Shop sells original art, cards, miniature paintings, ceramics, jewelry and gift items. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The gallery is also open during all Center Stages performances.
Brazosport Center Stages
Brazosport Center Stages is the oldest, continuously operating community theater on the Gulf Coast of Texas. The volunteer members of Center Stages perform plays and musicals throughout the year. Center Stages is committed to entertainment but also to performances that are socially relevant. Some productions may not be suitable for children and these exceptions are noted in the publicity and promotions. Brazosport Center Stages is host to summer workshops and performances especially for children as well as teens.
Brazosport Museum of Natural History
The Texas Gulf Coast was once home to dinosaurs, wooly mammoths, saber tooth cats, and indigenous cultures. It is now home to one of the ‘top ten museums in Texas’ according to Frommer’s, with collections from as small as a sand dollar to as large as a dinosaur. The presentations include outstanding displays of shells and butterflies from around the world. Other exhibits include fossils, with a complete standing allosaur skeleton, rocks and minerals and archeology. The butterfly and moth presentations are surrounded by a display of Texas wildlife and birds. The museum is kid friendly, and admission is always free. Museum hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This is the only fully functional planetarium in Brazoria County and one of few where NASA Astronauts often receive training. Journey to the deepest parts of the universe in the BASF Planetarium lobby where there are interactive computer stations and displays. Add to these, images from the Hubble, Spitzer & Chandra telescopes with the latest news about our solar system, updated daily by astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Maryland are also on exhibit. The lobby is open to the public at no charge before BASF Planetarium shows. Planetarium shows are recommended for ages 5 – adult and play every Tuesday night and fourth Friday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Show tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for children, making a night at the planetarium an affordable, entertaining and educational experience. Planetarium shows rotate each month, giving visitors more reasons to return.
Brazosport Symphony Orchestra
The Brazosport Symphony Orchestra is partner group of the Center for the Arts and Sciences. The symphony performs six concerts a year which are held at The Clarion across the parking lot on the campus of Brazosport College. Local orchestras like this one are great places for non-professional musicians to play, provide a great entertainment value, and are a place for young and not-so-young players to develop or maintain their ‘chops’.
The Center for the Arts and Sciences
The Center sends a positive message about its home community. Businesses that want to attract the most capable employees find that the best and brightest will choose locations based on local cultural activities and opportunities. An area with lots of cultural events is likely to attract a diverse, dynamic, intelligent, and talented group of people. A destination like the Center not only provides residents a way to enjoy cultural activities locally, but it also offers an opportunity for out of town visitors to do so as well.
Clute, TX 77531