The Orange Show, Houston

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#19 of 27 in Museums in Houston
The Orange Show is a folk-art environment - a monumental work of handmade architecture - in Houston's east end. It was built single handedly from 1956 until its completion in 1979, by the late Jefferson Davis McKissack, Houston postal worker. The outdoor 3,000 square foot monument is maze like in design and includes an oasis, a wishing well, a pond, a stage, a museum, a gift shop, and several upper decks. It is constructed of concrete, brick, steel and found objects including gears, tiles, wagon wheels, mannequins, tractor seats and statuettes.

Jeff McKissack's creation extols the virtues of his favorite fruit and encourages visitors of all ages to follow his theories relating health and longevity to good nutrition, hard work and eating oranges. The Orange Show is one of the most important folk art environments in the United States.
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  • We drove to this and were unimpressed. We opted to not even get out of the car. Nothing at the scene drew us in or made us want to stop the car to take a closer look.  more »
  • I wasn't sure what to expect of this place from the reviews online, but I am glad that I went. It is a novelty place resembling a long forgotten roadside attraction. It is small, it doesn't take long ...  more »
  • This place is different! Kinda odd - and in full creative power. It's a pity that the author died shortly after the opening of his creation...
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  • OK, this is NOT TO BE MISSED, Y'ALL. Houston landmark of weird and wonderful creativity. We went with kids which was the way to do it; they absolutely loved exploring and discovering all the parts of it. Their pleasure was half of mine but it's enjoyable in it's own right too. Definitely check out Smither Park, too, right next door, which is free - the mosaics are beautiful and the swings a ton of fun. "Time for oranges!"
  • Really one-of-a-kind place. A mailman with a love of oranges created a monument to the fruit. I wish there were a little more to it for the $5 entrance fee, but still very cool.
  • It's one of the most unique places in Houston. The guy seeking tickets was amazing.
  • Public, recycled art displays along a small park amidst a community. Water bottles, plates even empty nail polish is used to create the most unique art I've ever seen.
  • They have a small park out side of it. Not finished with it but I love how it looks. Took my daughter to go see it she loved it

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