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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 173 Attractions in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Houston, Texas, United States
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79 reviews 79 reviews
32 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We are members here and visit a lot of museums when we travel. This a great natural history museum. The paleo and Egypt halls alone are worth the entrance fees! Extremely well done. The gem hall and taxadermed animals have been nicely updated as well. The Cockrell Butterfly Pyramid is super interesting - but humid and warm, so just know... More

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Weston, Florida
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27 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I love this museum. Every time I am in Houston, there is an excellent exhibition to see, so I always spend 1 day between the Museum of Natural Science and the Museum of Fine Art. There are part of the museum that I have not seen (they are targeting children) but they have a great collection of gems and minerals... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We visited the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) on a busy Saturday morning. We arrived early in anticipation of the crowds growing as the day went on. We also visited to check out the well publicized Shark Exhibit which just opened. Upon paying the entry fee and EXTRA fee for the sharks, we toured the rest of the HMNS... More

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Round Rock, Texas
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

My children and I visited the museum in July. It was a short quick trip to Houston and had decided to make it fun. This place is wonderful, the permanent exhibitions are great! My son simply loved dinosaurs when he was a toddler and seeing his face (he is now 15 ) after entering the exhibit was priceless. My girls... More

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St Mary Bourne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I was expecting great things and am used to the Natural History Museum in London which is free! Our family of 4 came out after a couple of hours $100 poorer! The permanent exhibits are OK, for us it was interesting learning about oil exploration and the practical difficulties of getting it up! The dinosaurs were pretty cool but the... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Went to a showing of antique/luxury jewelry there. Wonderful. Especially the Elizabeth Taylor jewelry items.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I love that all the Smithsonian museums are free. This museum has such a wide selection of things to look at. You could easily spend the day in this museum alone. I really enjoyed the human evolution section of the museum. It is also a great place to take kids. My middle schooler really enjoyed it and so did my... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The museum is to big to visit in one day with young kids. We made it about 4 hours with snacks. There is much to see and many hands on exhibits. Two specific call outs, the dinosaur room and butterfly center, both were big hits with the kids. I have not tried any of the special exhibits yet and cannot... More

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Buffalo, New York
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Great place to spend the day,it is free on Thursday from 3 to 6 but gets very crowded..you can park at the park and walk if you don't want to spend $20 on the parking garage.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Firstly- If you are from Dallas- you will find the HMNS VASTLY SUPERIOR to the expensive Perot Museum. If you are around Hermann Park and you don't have the time to make a long visit, or you are on a budget- you will find there is free entrance into all the exhibit halls a half hour before closing. On Thursdays... More

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