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The Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030 (Medical Center)
713-639-4629
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Ranked #1 of 174 Attractions in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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75 reviews 75 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences and walking around the adjacent park make for a great afternoon. We went on a Tuesday afternoon, so it was not very crowded. We did find the layouts of exhibits not to be well marked or intuitive. The energy exhibit is outstanding, focusing on oil and natural gas production, both of which are... More

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Lawton, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

I went to the museum to visit the shark exhibit. I was able to find a deal on groupon to make it more affordable for 4 people. I was a little disappointed in the shark exhibit, I was expecting just a little bit more. They had the normal little sharks that you can touch. The kids really enjoyed it though.... More

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Plano, Texas
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This museum is very family friendly. There is something for everyone. There's parts that are very interesting and then others are somewhat boring... but it all depends on the person, of course. We did the general exhibits and the butterfly section. The exhibits were very well displayed, had a lot of information, and some interactive things. It definitely could have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Can't better our experience of jewellery as art as seen today. Then we entered the exhibit of gemstones and were amazed at natural beauty. Beautiful museum.

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Chieti, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

i arrived really late at the museum, at 4:30PM and it was closing at 5:00PM. they let me go for a free quick visit to some areas, really interesting musuem regarding Dinosaurs and Egypt. I wish i would have more time to spend there.

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Conroe, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We usually stop by when we visit the zoo, love the special exhibits, there is a lot to see and something for everyone. of course there is a big evolutionary influence which we don't like but that's to be expected from a museum. Overall a fun time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I was so excited to go see the Egypt exhibit. I started in the hall of minerals and gems. My science nerd was just amazed at nature's wonders of crystalline structures and colors. So beautiful. Next I went to Africa to see the regions and their flora adn fauna. The displays were so realistic in their portrayal of how life... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

They have a really good collection of trilobites. I enjoy visiting very much, as do most of my family.

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We had a quick weekend visit in Houston a couple of weeks ago so my youngest daughter could visit Rice University. The friends we stayed with took us to several local spots, including the HMNS. We had just a few hours at the museum before our flight was scheduled to leave, so we saw just the Faberge and the Bulgari... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Loved the new Shark exhibit. Three sharks to interact with. Not as crowded as summer visits. We always love visiting the dinosaur exhibit and the "gem" vault.

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