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Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most-visited museums in the United States. This large museum has both permanent galleries and traveling exhibitions and contains many things of interest to both adults and children.

From one of the world’s biggest paleontology halls to the Hall of Ancient Egypt, the world’s best collection of minerals and more, a visitor could easily spend 3 to 4 days trying to see the entire collection.

The Museum also houses the Wortham Giant Screen Theater, which features a 4K digital with advanced 3D technology projected onto a giant 60’ x 80’ foot screen.

The Burke Baker Planetarium has been named one of the best planetariums to visit in the United States and features the only 8K digital projector in the world. They can access a global cloud library of content that allows them to keep presentations filled with the latest scientific discoveries. NASA astronauts have used the planetarium to help them in identifying starfields.

The Cockrell Butterfly Center is a three-story glass structure containing simulated rainforest built around a 50-foot waterfall. There are over 400 species of live butterflies that are imported from butterfly farms around the globe.

The Museum also has two satellite facilities in the Fort Bend area, southwest of Houston. The George Observatory contains one of the largest telescopes in the country that is available for public viewing. The Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land has a variety of permanent and special attractions and events.

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Some of the highlights of the Museum include: Lane, a triceratops that is all-bone, and the only one in the world. Three t-rex specimens, including one that is all-bone. Fossilized dinosaur skin. Numerous mummies in the Hall of Ancient Egypt. The story of the first Americas in the Hall of the Americas. The world’s best collection of minerals in the Cullen Hall of Gems & Minerals. Being able to touch the exhibits in the Cabinet of Curiosities.

Since the museum is so large, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and pick a few halls to do because of the difficulty seeing everything in one visit.

Discovery Guides and docents are available for public and private tours at all times.

Want to avoid crowds? Arrive at opening time at 9:00 a.m.

Interested in a theater or planetarium show? Tickets can be purchased to those events online, and guests can plan their visits to correspond with those times.

The museum is very active on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and check the museum’s website for the most up-to-date information.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the seven Houston City Pass attractions, which can save visitors money if they are planning to visit some of the main attractions around the city. The pass covers the price of seeing the permanent exhibits. Special exhibits, the theater, planetarium, and butterfly center are an additional fee.

There is a parking garage next door to the Museum for a fee or visitors can use the METRORail, with dropoff near the museum at the Hermann Park/Rice U station at Fannin and Sunset streets.

Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Herman Park Dr.
Houston, Texas 77030
(713) 639-4629

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