NOTE: Beginning in 2017, all Stark Cultural Venues properties will be closed the last week of December and re-open after the New Year’s Day holiday.

Orange, Texas, is the home of the STARK Cultural Venues, which consist of: Stark Museum of Art, The W.H. Stark House, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts. The venues provide significant resources for the enjoyment and study of art, history, nature and the performing arts. 

Stark Museum of Art

stark-museum-icon This award-winning museum is one of the premier destinations to see art of the American West. The Museum features paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and more from artists such as William Herbert Dunton, Charles Marion Russell and John James Audubon. The Museum also features a significant collection of American Indian objects, including baskets, pottery, clothing, weavings and sculpture. Nearly 20,000 square feet of the Museum is dedicated to exhibitions, including 4,000 square feet of gallery space devoted to the temporary exhibitions on changing themes – called the Special Exhibitions Gallery. New, large-scale exhibitions are presented each spring and fall, while new, smaller-scale displays and displays of the permanent Collection are presented throughout the year.

The W.H. Stark House

stark-house-icon Constructed in 1894 in the Queen-Anne architectural style, The W.H. Stark House features a distinctive turret, is designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Information on the House’s site helps the community learn about the W.H. Stark family, their role and impact on Orange and southeastern Texas and the original furnishings which fill the home’s fifteen rooms. Also, the adjacent Carriage House has two floors of additional personal effects. The House is currently closed to restructure tours and programs.

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center

shangri-la-icon Throughout history, the term “Shangri La” has represented a place of beauty, peace and enlightenment. In Orange, Texas, a modern Shangri La has been recreated with the best of nature, gardens and art. Visitors will enjoy more than 300 plant species, walks along nature trails, an excursion down Adams Bayou on an “Outpost Tour” and see thousands of nesting birds on Ruby Lake or view them from a state-of-the-art bird blind. The Children’s Garden is a delight for all ages, and the Cypress Gate at the Pond of the Blue Moon is a welcome retreat from the outside world. The combination of gardens and nature presents a serene oasis for retreat and renewal as well as an opportunity to explore, discover and learn.

Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts

lutcher-theater-icon The Lutcher Theater is a 1450-seat, world class performing arts facility and the prominent presenter of Broadway, national and international tours, award-winning stars, renowned dance and acclaimed children’s performances for southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. Lutcher Incredible Kids Events is one of the largest performing arts series of national and international touring companies for children in a four-state area comprising Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
STARK Cultural Venues is a program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a private operating foundation that aims to encourage and assist education and to improve and enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas.  
Children under age 12 are welcome to visit Shangri La and the Museum or to attend a performance at Lutcher Theater (with a performance ticket). As well, children ages 6 an older are welcome to tour the House, but all listed above must be accompanied by an adult.   All children, ages 4 and older permitted, regardless of age must be accompanied by an adult during an Outpost Tour at Shangri La.