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The Houston Museum of Natural Science

One Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX 77030 (Medical Center)
713-639-4629
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Ranked #1 of 165 attractions in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums, Theaters
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This outstanding science museum has a spectacular collection of mineral specimens, a dinosaur skeleton, space-station models, a planetarium, IMAX... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This place is so awesome.... We went on a Thursday while it was free...so so much to see...children & teenagers would love it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

A museum well done. They have great exhibit halls with regular exhibits, but they also have fantastic visiting exhibits. I also like that they have an IMAX movie theatre.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Love all the exhibits. Best museum I have been to in the US. Great oil exploration and geology exhibits. In addition, the hall of minerals and gems is awesome! Plan to spend a few hours, its a great place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We love visiting Natural Science museums everywhere we go Europe Asia America and the one in Houston was ok until now Houston Nat Science just wowed us in our past visit the exhibits are incredible and the new evolution hall is Outstanding !!!!!! NYC museums watch out for Texans !!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This is a must museum, especially the new Paleontology Hall. Beautiful display of specimens large and small. Dramatically makes the point that man and dinosaurs did not co-exist, but man and mammoth did,, Also liked the petroleum exhibit in basement. There were very clear explanations of complex chemistry, geology, and engineering. Yet kids and adults were engaged at each one.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I find it one of the top kids destinations in Houston, very interesting for adults as well. I take my 8 year old almost weekly here. The recently opened hall of paleontology in particular stands out , it is world class. The one thing that I found disappointing and revolting is the fact that the only food concession they have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

With different exhibits flowing in and out, the HMNS is always a pleasure to visit. Fun for kids and adults.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Lots to explore and learn about....Butterfly Exhibit, 3-D movies, dinosaur exhibit, and always a special exhibit. Go early because it gets crowded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a great museum to visit with or without kids. Me and my husband went and had a great time. There are many exhibits. Some are permanent and others change quite often. So u can go back in a few months and see something new. The new dinosaur exhibit is very informative and well organized. This museum is a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

The hall of paleontology is unparalleled in its design and it's collection. This is a MUST-SEE for visitors, especially with Dino-crazed kids! We became members when we lived in Houston and were ALWAYS visiting. They have one free afternoon a week. It used to be on Thursdays. We now live in San Francisco Bay Area in CA and there is... More

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