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Houston Museum of Natural Science Houston

Where is it at?

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Houston Museum of Natural Science
1 Hermann Circle Drive
Houston
TX
77030
Tel: 713 639 4629

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The Museum is located in Hermann Park across the street from Miller Outdoor Theater with close proximity to Highways 59, 288 and the 610 Loop.

Where are we going today?

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a fascinating, fun and educational family day out for the whole family - no matter how old!

This amazing museum is filled with interesting exhibits that cover a range of topics that will excite and amaze. Across four floors of these permanent exhibit halls, you will find lost civilizations, wildlife wonders and historic revelations.

There are a number of permanent exhibits such as uncovering fossils from creatures that walked the earth millions of years ago - yep - dinosaurs!

You can discover Ancient Egypt and look at how they used to live, write, and play. Want to stroll through Africa? Perhaps you want to discover how the elements we have in chemistry form the building blocks of life!

Do you know what Malacology is? When you head to the Strake Hall of Malacology you will find out! 

Have you ever wondered what happens to civilizations when they just suddenly disappear? Then you will want to see China's Lost Civilization exhibit, where you can examine the 3500 year old mystery of a culture that just vanished. A great way for the kids to use their imagination! It's topics like that which feature in some of the special exhibitions they have!

Of course - we could go on, but then we wouldn't be able to tell you all about the other attractions at the museum. The beautiful Butterfly Center lets the whole family walk through an amazing butterfly habitat, and look at all the amazing colors and species of butterfly. 

Did we mention the Planetarium too! There are amazing films based about space that you can experience, as well as being able to experience the wonders of space!

Discover the world, discover nature and discover science at the Houston Museum of Natural Science!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$20 (Over 12)
  • Children$15 (ages 3 to 11)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Daily opening, most internal elements from 10am.

Teachers corner

They offer field trips, summer camps, development classes...of course it's a great place for kids to visit! There is so much to learn .

I'm Hungry!

There are a number of places to eat outside of the museum. You're in Houston after all! There is also a McDonalds in the Grand Entry Hall. Unfortunately you can't take food or drink into the museum. .

Any Top Tips?

You can get the CityPASS you can get 50% off admission, as well as entry to 5 other Houston attractions! .

Need a little extra help?

Wheelchairs can be available on request, and the whole museum has access! .

Can I get one of those?

The museum's main entrance store offers over 6000 square feet of unique gifts and souvenirs, including Museum related toys and educational items, a book room with science titles for all ages, and limited-time-only special exhibit products!.

More information

Special exhibitions, the Planetarium and Butterfly Center are an additional cost to your admission .

What people are saying?

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    We went for their Halloween party. It Was Dreadful. A complete mess. Unorganized, not thoughtful, way overcrowded, Not A Good Experience. A WASTE of MONEY.

    You people have seriously went completely greedy. I frequent the museums in the city monthly. I think I will slip yours from this point forward. I seriously want my money back from this hack.

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    I love this place BUT the Shark! exhibit was VERY disappointing. There were 2 small tanks with tiny eel type sharks that you can pet and a replica of a Great White Shark. You have to wait to enter during a 15 minute time slot and the whole exhibit you can walk through within 10 minutes. The price is $25 per person for the Shark! exhibit which is ridiculous (I paid $25 for two admissions from GroupOn). Check out the other amazing exhibits (Egypt, Dinosaurs, Butterflies) and don't waste your money on this one.

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    Our family from South Carolina visited the museum in July of 2014 and it was absolutely awesome to see the disonaurs and tree exhibits, and others as well. The children really enjoyed it and the Imax movie was phenomenal. A beautiful experience to see God's creations from times past.

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    It's been a few years since I've visited the museum and I was pleasantly surprised at all the changes. Started off with the Magna Carta exhibit and then headed to the new hall of Paleontology. It has one of the largest fossil collections in the world and it absolutely amazing! With three levels to browse, you definitely need a full day, especially if you want to visit the butterfly museum or planetarium. Be sure to check online for a coupon. We saved $50 for a family of 4.

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    HMNS is a great place and I have always enjoyed the special exhibits. However, I was very very disappointed in the shark exhibit. Two small pools with small sharks. YES you can reach in and touch them and that is about it. Not anywhere near what I expected from such a fantastic museum.

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