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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 171 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We visited the HMNS on a Saturday around 10am. It was crowded in the parking garage, but the museum is so large that there was no problems inside. You get 4 floors of exhibits. My kiddos loved the dinosaurs, mummies, and the chemistry demo guy. We easily spent 5 hours there and didn't see the 2nd floor. Kids (4&6) were... More

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the Magna Carta exhibit. Too bad the museum was so crowded; we did not get to the butterfly exhibit.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My family and I went to the museum thinking it was going to take just a little over three hours but were there for about eight hours. We saw the Stars of the Pharaoh's at the Planetarium and then went to visit the regular attractions on all three levels. It was well worth our time and money because the attraction... More

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My husband loved the dinosaurs and the entire exhibit surrounding them, which was very well done and took you through the entire history of life on earth. We both loved the butterfly garden, sitting still on a bench while the butterflies land on you is fun at any age. The area with the waterfall is especially attractive to the butterflies,... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

As well as educational this is a win win. Great snakcks, and well laid out. A master at seeming the place look empty when it is indeed FULL.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We recently saw Magna Carta, it is a fabulous historic document and great get for the museum. See it before it is gone. We also enjoyed permanent exhibit on energy and oil. Maya, aztec, and Inca exhibit are also nice. The drawback on the Saturday we went was closure of dinosaur hall for a birthday. .. not just part of... More

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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The gem/mineral exhibits were huge. The theatre had tons of shows to choose from--we saw three in one day. Galapagos, Pandas and Night Sky. By far Galapagos was the best. Dining is limited to a McDonald's. The day we visited the place was packed with summer day campers so even if I had wanted to eat at McDonald's the line... More

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Huntsville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

HMNS is always interesting to visit for all ages. Plenty to do season pass well worth it. Sometimes it gets a little too crowded due to youth groups like our visit but because of our season pass we will just go again another time.

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Such a nice place to learn many things. I strongly recomment to wear comfortable shoes because you may take much time walking. Loved it!!

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South Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Take time to visit this exceptional museum - the Egyptian, Hall of Malacology and Gems & Mineral exhibits should not be missed.

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