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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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The Woodlands, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
30 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Great stuff but needed more time to take in everything. Layout needs a bit of work, I probably missed some exhibits.

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Menasha, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

It was mine and my fiancés first time at a museum and we were both blown away. I was so swept off my feet I found myself back in WI doing reseach on what I had seen at this museum, because it had me itching for more. Everything is well preserved and the gift shop had very good prices. Loved... More

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Vitória, Espirito Santo, Brazil
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

the best place I've visited at houston. they have an amazing collection of rocks, gemstones and fossils. Good imitation of dinosaurs and the best petroleum engineering/ geology section I have ever seen. after that parts i saw a great egypt collection and americans indians as well. don't miss this place

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Spring
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Finally saw the new dino exhibit and it was fabulous. The layout walked you through time with really brilliant displays of fossils for each era. While T-Rex was phenomenal, I couldn't get over the giant Pterodactyl fossils.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I thought this Museum was great. Lots of things to see. Interactive exhibits and reasonable prices. Took us a good 3 hours to go through most stuff (excl extra exhibits). Good undercover car park also. The gift shop had heaps of variety as well. Very impressed!

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Houston, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

What more could be here? Nothing. It has everything. Dinosaurs. Mummy's. Food. Butterflies. Simply amazing place to be!

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Houston Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is a very family-friendly museum that offers a wide variety of things to do -- so if you buy a membership you can count on having something new to do every couple of weekends. The butterfly hall is especially sweet. I've only been once so far, but my daughter & her husband have enjoyed going to see Imax documentaries.... More

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Spring, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I've been going to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for over 45 years. There is always something new and interesting on display. Three floors and a basement of dinosaur skeletons, jewels, rocks, shells, stuffed wildlife, etc. A parking garage is attached to the museum for a small fee. You can also go to the Butterfly Museum, IMAX theater and... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Kids (age 8 and 10) enjoyed museum. Modern, spacious facility. Only food availabe onsite is McDonalds so as a vegetarian, I was disapointed. Saw IMAX Galapagos movie and it was interesting. Could spend a few hours here, but not all day.

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