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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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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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Great for all ages

This was my first time at this museum. They have so much to see. I took my student to this place for a field trip and they loved it. I enjoyed it a lot as well. I would definitely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This was my first time at this museum. They have so much to see. I took my student to this place for a field trip and they loved it. I enjoyed it a lot as well. I would definitely go back and visit again. And don't forget to leave some time for their gift shop! And next time, I would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Fun museum with some exhibits even more well done than larger museums we have visited elsewhere. We went to see a special exhibit of the Samarai Warriors and what an awesome display! Very well put together and interesting. The live butterflies are always a hit, especially with the young ones in the family. My favorite is the large gem exhibit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

we visited HMNS couple of weeks back and the place was stunning. It offers a unique experience of a variety of exhibitions, some are unique, some are permanent, and some are temp, all is a must to go and see. we started with the "Touch a Shark" experience, then went straight to my favorite "Jurassic Park Era" hall of paleontology... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The Houstin Museum of Natural Science is a vast ocean of innumerous things, it has stock of what not!!! But the most helpful thing that I encountered in this museum are the videos of drillig activities & pictures of drill bits & different drilling operations as me being from Oil & Gas industry, I could relate to it. The videos... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Had a great morning there, lots to see and do some of which is extra money, but on the whole worth it. Lovely gardens outside to visit to so have a wander!

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Lumberton, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We have visited this Museum on a number of occasions and every time we go, we discover new and intriguing things that keep us occupied for hours. This is a "must see" when visiting Houston.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I enjoyed the science behind the exhibits, although I left wanting more. It was great to see all the kids around, getting involved in science and technology as a young age, but it doesn't leave too much to think about to, say, a physics major recently graduated. All in all, the facilities were clean and the staff was helpful, which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We weren't able to spend enough time here, we would have liked to be there all day. We were surprised by the different things they had and how creatively they were displayed. We enjoyed the live butterfly garden. The dinosaur bones were shown in active positions, rather than just hanging there, which was interesting. Many other things to see and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I suggest you check groupon for a price deal because this museum is a bit pricey, otherwise it is a fantastic place. View the development of the trilobites in chronologica order, Wow . The entire paleo exhibit is superb. Live butterfly and dead insect collection is great, especially if the orchid society has placed their orchids in the trees inside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

There are terrific exhibits here. Several exhibits require the purchase of an extra ticket, but there are so many great exhibits that are included with general admission that there is plenty to see and do without the additional expenses.

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