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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Go and enjoy the day learning. Very informative and entertaining. My wife loved, loved, loved it. As my daughter gets older I know she will love it too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Go and enjoy the day learning. Very informative and entertaining. My wife loved, loved, loved it. As my daughter gets older I know she will love it too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Interesting exhibits. Energy exhibit is particularly well done. Set in beautiful location. Wish I could have visited the butterfly exhibit but did not have time. Black hole presentation was well done and interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

like the cool special/traveling exhibits. Butterflies are always neat. Wear bright colors to attract them to land on you.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

great museum, clean and well maintained disliked the separate fees in the museum and parking, staff not to friendly

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I love this museum. At least once a year I make a visit. Most years it's usually 3-4 times. The gem stones and shells exhibit and updated Egyptian hall are my personal favorites.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I haven't been to this museum since I was in elementary school, about 15 years ago, but as an adult it is even more mesmerizing than back then. I have been to 5-10 science museums across the nation, so I know it's not a huge sample size, but this one is the best by far. There is something for everybody... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

If you plan on seeing more than a handful of exhibits, get ready to take out your wallet. I've never been nickled and dimed so much, and gotten so little. And by nickels I mean $20. Save your money and time and take your family to about any other museum in the U.S. They'll have the same things without the... More 

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Houston, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

If you've ever wondered about the science behind finding and producing oil, this museum provides an excellent audio-visual tutorial. It also has a lot of the 'usual' natural science museum fare - fossils, exotic plants, etc - that fascinate adults and children alike. Well worth the trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The exhibits were amazing, particularly the Wiess Energy Hall which was a fascinating insight into the oil sector, especially fracking. Also good were the dinosaur and gem displays. The museum is easily reached on the Metro Rail and if you need a taxi, go to Guest Services in the foyer and they will call one for you. The adjoining Hermann... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

There is something for everyone in this place. The prehistoric section has EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW. So much to do and experience in one building. IMAX that's out of this world, Butterfly exhibit that you walk through and even get some landing on you. You will need all day to see everything. Traveling exhibits are also available. Gotta love... More 

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