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The Houston Museum of Natural Science

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Address: 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
Phone Number: 713-639-4629
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This outstanding science museum has a spectacular collection of mineral...
This outstanding science museum has a spectacular collection of mineral specimens, a dinosaur skeleton, space-station models, a planetarium, IMAX theater and a six-story butterfly center in which these beautiful creatures land delicately on outstretched arms.
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Went with 11 & 13 year olds. They enjoyed most of the exhibits, especially the Egyptian and prehistoric exhibits. I especially enjoyed how wide open everything was, many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Went with 11 & 13 year olds. They enjoyed most of the exhibits, especially the Egyptian and prehistoric exhibits. I especially enjoyed how wide open everything was, many museums feel claustrophobic but this was great. We didn't see an official parking area but went on a very busy day for the nearby park so was very chaotic. We ended up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Want to learn some more about science history this is the place to go they have everything for kids of all ages even adults! Plan to stay the whole day since they have a lot of things to see

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I bought Groupon passes for a Samurai Exhibit while visiting Houston. I was completely underwhelmed in the small exhibits. Perhaps because I'm a DC native and have been visiting the Smithsonians and Washington monuments in my area as a child. I think I would have liked the Faberge Exhibit they had on display also going on at that time, but... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Weekend of Rodeo, so we thought lets skip the crowds and go to he museum. Sat March 21 around 1:30 we walked in and were met with and unbelievable long line to ticket counter. 3 people wide and 90% of the complete distance of the lobby. I judged no less than 1.5 hrs more likely over 2 hrs to have... More 

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Reidsville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

It is always a delight to visit this museum. It has fantastic permanent exhibits, but also hosts ever-changing exhibits.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We have had a membership to HMNS food years and love every visit. The special exhibits change regularly and give us something new to explore every time we go (albeit for an added cost). Combined with a walk through Hermann Park, it is a wonderful way to spend a day. However, there are a few things I don't love: 1.... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

My favourite area is the one that shows the early days of South and North America. The oil drilling exhibit area is special.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is a very fine natural science museum that has continued to grow and change in positive ways. The exhibits are easy to enjoy. Give yourself time for an Imax movie. It's best to book your tickets for the movies in advance or when you first come into the museum.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Really, make sure you have plenty of time to explore this museum. We arrived later in the afternoon and wished we had more time. Impressive gem, fossil and live butterfly collections.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It aint cheap and each exhibit is a separate fee. The paleontology exhibit is hugh and beautifully presented. Everything from Trilobites to homo erectus is covered. If you are a child, the dinosaur skeletons are fantastic, if your are interested in paleontology, the depth of the descriptions are quite educational and the breadth of the collection is pretty amazing. Say... More 

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