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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 24, 2014 NEW

We go all the time but recently went during one of the coldest winters we've had in years, but it also gets really hot in the summer in Houston and the museum is a perfect place to take the family. The butterfly pavillion is a favorite place to visit with little ones. It's not just a museum, it has an... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

If you like science and the history of the planet, this is the best place in Houston. There is always something new, and there is entertainment for the novice or the expert. If you get tired of the exhibits, which are generally spectacular, take in a show. I never tire of the incredible exhibit of gems and precious stones. Look... More

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Plan ahead and order your movie tickets before you go (if you wish to see the movie, there is plenty to see without). Nice way to spend a day with friends or family visiting. Be sure to spend some time outside in the surrounding areas. Park, dining, walking. The butterfly garden is beautiful. Wear a bright colored shirt to attract... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This centrally located museum houses a glass butterfly "pavillion", an I-Max Theater, a geological exebition and much more all next to the Herman Park with an outdoor music pavillion that hosts free evening concerts that are suprisingly "cool" in an extended summer series. Parking and train are quite convenient as are bus service.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Engaging displays and artefacts with awe inspiring fossils and dinosaur skeletons really well put together. The Texas oil section also interesting and puts the industry in context. Butterfly house also great. Really enjoyed it and should have allowed more time for it but will plan a return visit. You can get into this using the Houston City Pass also which... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

We toured the Butterfly center and saw the movie with my son's Pre K class and we had an awesome time! The movie is outstanding. The kids had such fun reaching out for the butterflies!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I love the dinosaur exhibit here. The kids really loved it. Also love the special activities they have on site every so often. Those are fun as well. Great place to take kids of all ages. The gems and minerals are not as exciting as some of the other exhibits for kids.

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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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