Orange Show


The Houston Press called the Orange Show Monument, "the Acropolis of folk art," which gives you a general idea of the site's esoteric appeal. The lasting testament to retired postal worker Jefferson Davis McKissack's questionable vision of building a monument to the orange, the Orange Show is part castle and part scrap heap, full of meandering mazes and passageways that lead to oddball observation decks and ampitheaters. It really is an almost indescribable extravaganza, decked out with wild whirligigs, flags, and all manner of castoff junk that McKissack collected in nearly two decades of building his dream. A concrete pond navigated by a steamboat on wheels is just one absurd highlight. McKissack built the homespun theme park every day beginning in 1959 and continuing through the grand opening in 1979; he would lay awake at night envisioning what addition he might make the next day to his "ninth wonder of the world." He genuinely believed that more than 300,000 visitors would come annually, and died brokenhearted in 1980 after seeing the crowds dwindle from merely 150 on opening day to very infrequent throngs of curiosity seekers. Today, the Orange Show is run by a private foundation and entertains thousands of visitors annually. The Orange Show Foundation sponsors exhibits and art-related programming throughout the year, including an annual art car parade. The foundation also sponsors workshops, music, storytelling, and performance programs for adults and children. Tour hours change seasonally.


2402 Munger St
Houston, TX 77023


29.71777400, -95.32465000
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(713) 926-6368

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