The Houston museum of history is being turned into a “crystal bridge museum” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great Houston Flood.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity to bring together two very different worlds and cultures, and to create a new space that celebrates the diversity of the Houston community and all of Houston’s amazing history,” said Mayor Annise Parker.
“Houston has always been an epicenter of innovation and we want to showcase that through our architecture, our design, our art, our craftsmanship, our food, our culture, and our incredible diversity.”
In addition to the new Houston Museum, the new “crystals bridge” will also house the Houston Museum and Gardens, the museum and gardens at the city’s Memorial Coliseum, the Houston Art Museum, and the Texas Science Center.
A memorial plaque will also be erected in the new museum, and a plaque will be unveiled to mark the 100-year anniversary of Houston as a “Great City” in a ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2019.
“It’s an incredible moment for Houston and a historic opportunity for the city to come together to celebrate 100 years of the city and its rich history,” Parker said.
The city will be opening a new Houston Street Market and introducing the “Dangerous New” city map, as well as new public art in the Houston Memorial Coliseum.
“The city of Houston is celebrating 100 years, and we are excited to create this memorial to honor that anniversary,” said Houston Mayor Annis L. C. “Adrienne” Wright, chair of the Mayor’s Committee on the Arts and Design.
“We are looking forward to the opening of this new space and the public celebration of Houston at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday.”
Houston is the sixth city in the U.S. to celebrate the anniversary of an iconic event in its history, following New York City’s dedication in 2021 and San Francisco’s dedication to the 100 years anniversary in 2021.
“In the midst of the flood, Houston stood up to those who would threaten our very way of life,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.
“For me personally, it’s the most powerful moment of my life.
It’s been 100 years.
I feel like I’m finally starting to come home, and I am very proud of my hometown.”
Houston was a “major hub of the transcontinental railroad” and “a critical hub of agriculture” for the U, S., and N.C. territories, according to the Smithsonian’s website.