The Orange Show, Houston

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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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  • Very “interesting” art. Very strange story of its creation. The guy really liked oranges. I mean like REALLY liked them. A LOT. Kids will love to play around. Don’t try to make sense of it, just go with it. Park next door is cool.
  • This place is absolutely fascinating. Don't miss the park that's associated with the show. It's just a couple blocks down the road.
  • Very unusual and offbeat, place to visit.I actually enjoyed the park next to the show house more than the actual show museum. It was interesting to see what one man's dreams were, but disappointing that it has become so run down. I called before visiting, but no one answers the phone, so we took a chance and went anyway. It was open, and a young man was very friendly, and told us the background story of the Orange show, so that was nice. We did not visit the Beer can house as I had hoped, as we were under the impression it was near the orange museum, which it apparently is not. The park next door was very nice to see. Lots of pottery, and jewels, and various materials used to make art. Fun to look at this art.
  • Very interesting bit of folk art. Q is great at providing visitors with the context of this location. Make sure to visit the adjacent park.
  • 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!"

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