Orange Show Monument Ready to Open Doors

Houston, Texas is home to a number of must-visit destinations. If you make a list of ten such places, one name that will surely feature is the Orange Show Monument; this colossal work of handmade architecture is also one of the most popular attractions in the United States.

For those who don’t know: every year during the winter months the Orange Show gets closed for its winter restoration. So, right now if you visit the place, you’ll have to return disheartened. However, the wait will not be a prolonged one; the Orange Show Monument will soon be opening its doors.

Hours of operation

The Houston landmark will reopen on March 1 and will operate according to its regular schedule; it will remain open for visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. This schedule will be followed for around two and half months; then following Memorial Day, the place will remain open from Wednesday to Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.

Entrance fee

For admission to the Orange Show Monument, adults will need to pay $5.00; entrée is free for children up to 12 years of age. To take part in field trips, group tours, workshops or to attend concerts, visitors will need to make additional payments.

About the Orange Show

The Orange Show was created by Houston mail carrier Jeff McKissack; it was named after McKissack’s favorite fruit. Through this center for visionary art, the postman tried to illustrate his faith that good nutrition and hard work are the actual secrets to longevity. He worked on the project alone from 1956 to 1980; it didn’t surprise many that only death could separate him from the biggest passion of his life.

McKissack single-handedly transformed his home into a true architectural delight boasting balconies, arenas, walkways decorated with eye-catching iron figures, mosaics and an array of attractive exhibits. The best thing about his work was that he only used regular building materials and different recycled materials such as fencing, tiles, bricks etc.

Since the death of McKissack in 1980, the Orange Show is operating as a non-profit organization. It has transformed into the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.

The primary goals of the organization include providing artists the opportunity to express their unique vision and preserving and presenting artworks that depict creativity and excellence. It works to help people get acquainted with the American culture of the late 20th century.

The program calendar of the Orange Show Monument includes performances, storytelling sessions, and hands-on workshops. Programs are organized both for adults and children. So, if you have a kid at home, bring him/her along; both you and your little one will enjoy a day out at the Orange Show.

The past decades have witnessed significant growth of the Orange Show Monument. It has now started to take over other folk art houses; for instance, it is now the owner of the Beer Can House, another celebrated folk art icon in Houston. That’s not all, at present it is also working on the city’s first folk art-based green space.

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