The Houston Police have devoted a section of their floor level downtown headquarters in honor of the many brave men and women who have served and protected their communities. It’s a great and worthwhile way to learn about not just the history of the Houston Police Department but they have some interesting stuff about the beginnings of Houston, as well. They have old uniforms and badges, firearms, patrol vehicles, and lots more commemorating many of the heroes of this great city.
It was reeeeeeally hard to squeeze out a third star. I think I gave it an extra one due to the respect I have for this policing agency. Plus I think someone is doing the museum a disservice by not maintaining it. For example, fallen down displays, curled up pictures, pictures completely upside down, cheap small area rugs as a base all take away from the message being shared by this museum with the great history of the Houston Police Department. Back up things for a minute to give you the full info on going here. Paid parking on the street is ampel during the weekdays. The museum is free. It is held in the Main Police Quarters, so you must go through a full TSA like scan of your personal items and person (metal detector and hand scanner). You then have to register your personal ID with the front desk. They scan your ID (Drivers' license in my case; whew! for being clean), Passport for my friend (and they also took a picture of him) and then you proceed to the other side of the lobby where the museum is. The display cases are top of the line. The large items such as police motorcycle and donated mini-car are cool. The history is amazing with lots of donated items from waaaay back when. Fascinating evolvement that comes with industrialization and modernization were detailed with facts, pictures, uniforms, hats, actual weapons and stories aplenty. There is a complete wall display dedicated to the first responders of 9/11. It was somber and touching. You can spend an hour or more, at least, reading each article or description or even more. The problems begin if you are in to the details. I am a bit OCD so I notice things that likely don't pop up on other people's radar. Written placards were laying about having fallen off of their perches. Often pictures or articles were matted but not framed, which allowed for the matting to age and curl. One three hole matted display looked like someone had cut the squares out with a hatchet or kids' scissors. Seriously people. Mannequins wearing uniforms were standing on scattered cheap area rugs. One newspaper article in the 9/11 display was curled right over. There was a related article on that side but the main one on display was lost in the inefficient clamps meant to hold it in place. Which was the case in several cases. It was a privilege to see this museum and I loved the whole idea and history, but I was sad that more care was or is not taken to present the history in a manner befitting it's honor and worth. Surely there must be a foundation that takes care of this museum?? Or $50 in the budget to fix things......(totally under-guessing I'm sure) We were on a time crunch or I would have taken some time to let someone know about the displays. I hope someone with pull reads this review and lets the appropriate folks know.
The museum is free of charge. It's small but cute. All in all I enjoyed it.
Awesome great learning experience and great history figures!!!
A small but neat museum. Free of charge too.
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