The Houston Museum of Natural Science

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The Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science
4.5
Speciality Museums • Science Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Swimfins
Houston, TX794 contributions
Jun 2021
As others have stated, it's a great museum. We went to the Body World exhibit (fantastic) and then took a stroll through the dinosaur, Texas wildlife, and gems exhibits ... all very nicely done (and by then the kids were also "done").

Tips -

Buy your tickets online and print them or have them available on your phone. We did that and it saved us probably 45 minutes of standing in the ticket line.

The parking garage on Caroline St (one block east of the museum) is $10 for the day - and the museum's parking is double that at $20 for non-members (and you have to stand in the ticket line to pay).

We'll go back to see other exhibits.
Written June 22, 2021
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dolooper
San Antonio, TX107 contributions
Mar 2022
We found this museum had an interesting layout for their great exhibits. The posted garage price was so high we looked for somewhere else to park — very inconvenient. We wrongly assumed that the video theater venues were included in the entrance ticket and the ticket line was so long we didn’t go back to upgrade.
Written March 9, 2022
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX935 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Any visit to Houston isn't complete without a stop here. With 4 floors of exhibits there really is something for everyone! My favorite is always the paleontology exhibit. I love seeing the huge dinosaur bones and reading where these animals once lived. On this trip we decided to check out one of the special exhibits....Pompeii. it was amazing!! The little volcano simulation experience followed by the revelation of just what happened to people was moving. I think this particular exhibit is here until September so be sure to check it out before its gone. With admission to the special exhibits you get to see all permanent exhibits as well so its worth the price! I can't wait to see what the next special exhibits they have are so I can go again!
Written April 4, 2021
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bogie49
Springfield, MO9 contributions
Apr 2022
My wife and I are senior citizens that enjoy going to museums that feature the Faberge Russian Imperial Easter Eggs. There are very few in the US so we were excited to learn that the Houston Museum of Natural Science had one---the Diamond Trellis Egg given to Tsarina Alexandra from Tsar Nicholas II before they, along with their children, were executed in July 1918. They also had two other Imperial Quality Eggs ( Nobel Ice Egg and a Kelch Egg). All were a part of the McFerrin Everyday Faberge permanent collection. We live in southern Missouri, so the round trip was about 1300 miles. We experienced traffic gridlock both going to the Museum and heading back home out of Houston; very stressful!
When we got to the Museum there was a 20 dollar parking fee. Oh well, such is life in the big city. There was a travelling Egyptian Exhibit "Rameses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs". Admission was 54 dollars and worth it! But remember the trip was all about the Imperial Egg that is the featured item online along with a royal diamond tiara. When we got to the exhibit the tiara showcase was empty and the Imperial Egg showcase had a cardboard photo of the Egg. No explanation of where the missing items were. I asked a security guard at the exhibit but he had no idea what I was talking about. I suppose that isn't in their job description. I asked another extremely kind security person (delightful Asian lady) if she had any information. She had a Museum employee paged. He looked and acted very knowledgeable but fumbled and poorly faked his answers. The tiara might be out for cleaning and had no answers at all about the Egg. (The Egg is so important to the Museum that it is used as the directional icon within the facility}. He was going to give me a parking voucher to use next time we came. I assured him that was never.
I called the Museum on the way home the next day and got a very nice lady who informed me the Egg was currently in London by request of the Queen as she owns the automaton elephant that was the original surprise inside the Egg. She also offered to comp a revisit but I declined. I suggested they do a better job warning potential visitors on their website when important items are out on loan. Also, put some sort of explanation on the display case beside the cardboard picture.
I can't give a rating of 0 which is my reaction to a 1300 mile trip as the Rameses Exhibit was excellent. Also the nice Security person is a real asset to the Museum, and the lady on the phone did offer a revisit. However, a 2 is the best I can do. There is another Egg in Cleveland that we are planning to visit next month. I've learned to call ahead!
Written April 10, 2022
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Daniel L
Apex, NC329 contributions
Apr 2022
The museum that was open with General Admission was alright, there was a good amount of things to see and they were all fairly interesting. My gripe is that a lot of the museum is locked behind fairly expensive extra tickets that you need to purchase beyond the initial entrance fee. Even parts that used to be general admission are now having to be paid for.
Written May 27, 2022
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,672 contributions
Dec 2021
What an exceptional Museum! We last viewed this museum about 20 years ago. It was very good then, but is great now. We took advantage of the free entry Thursdays from 3-6 pm. One must stand in line outside the building near the ticket area to get a free ticket. They do not seem to limit the number of tickets as the line was long and the number of people at the exhibits was large—yes, even in these Covid times. Masks were worn.
We spent the entire 3 hours viewing the permanent exhibits, but if one has the time and chose to pay admission there is lots more to see. We started off at the Herzstein Foucault Pendulum and then went into the Morian Hall of Paleontology. Make an initial left into the hall and then view the exhibits going to the right. The exhibits are comprehensive and wonderfully displayed. My only complaint is that the lighting on the many signs is such that shadows of others often result making the reading more difficult than it should be. The number of dinosaurs is shocking in its number and expansiveness—all to the good. There is much to see besides including the development of our own species: man.
We also took advantage of viewing the The George W. Strake Hall of Malacology, especially enjoying specimens before and after they were cleaned. The array of colors and sizes are awesome.
The McFerrrin Faberge Collection and the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals will dazzle anyone privileged to view it.
Written January 2, 2022
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ellenbee56
Bechtelsville, PA501 contributions
Nov 2019
This is an outstanding natural science museum, with many fascinating exhibits to explore, appealing to all ages. It contains an excellent “cabinet of curiosities” exhibit, packed with items of interest; we always enjoy those. (There is also one of those at HMNS’s sister museum in Sugarland.) The African Wildlife and Texas Wildlife galleries were well done. The Americas and the Ancient Egypt galleries are large and filled with wonderful artifacts, many of the type featured in fine arts museums. The paleontology collections here are expansive, i.e. dinosaur skeletons, fossils, ammonites, petrified wood, etc.

A favorite gallery of ours featured Malacology (the study of mollusks and their shells). This contained a huge exhibit of colorful shells, from miniscule to quite large, nicely displayed on black backgrounds. Included were rare and exotic specimens, including recent finds. Shells are truly beautiful, especially viewed up close.

The Gems & Minerals gallery here is outstanding; there are several large dark rooms showcasing beautiful specimens. A Faberge exhibit was filled with exquisite pieces of jewelry, presentation boxes, gifts to royalty, etc.—amazing workmanship.

We did not purchase tickets to the special exhibits or shows, but we did visit the Butterfly Center. This area contained kid-friendly and engaging exhibits on insects in addition to a tropical conservatory filled with butterflies. This area was nice, but the extra admission charged for this seemed too high.

The day we visited, the museum was crowded with families, and finding free tables in their café area was difficult. We parked in their adjacent parking garage for $10, and spent five full hours here. The museum’s elevators are slow, and some don’t go up to top floors. This is a big place, with several floors of galleries, but there are no maps provided here for visitors; however, at the museum's website, there is a detailed visitor’s guide with floor plan drawings. Without having that along with us, however, I suspect we missed a gallery or two.
Written January 11, 2020
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Boris E
Harrisonburg, VA793 contributions
Jan 2021
Plan to dedicate several hours or an entire day at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It is a vast place with several exhibitions and worth every penny. We dedicated a full hour and a half to Egypt's exhibit and loved it. If you are visiting Houston for the first time and planning to visit several touristic attractions in the area, please make sure that you purchase the City Pass to save money on several museums and touristic attractions. It is certainly worth it!
Written January 3, 2021
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Angie
San Antonio, TX115 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
My only complaint was one of the employees being a bit snarky with us. We walked into the museum and had just looked online the night before $13 for general admission, when we came up to the box office she gave me a total of over $50. To which we asked why so much, when we had just seen pricing online to which she replied that was only for online but she couldn’t guarantee the tickets were processed if we paid online confused we tried to get guidance but again we’re met with snarky comments. We walked outside purchased our tickets without any problems and walked back in, and got out general admission tickets for $13, I don’t understand why she was so unhelpful but the museum was tons of fun just wish people who enjoyed the museum worked there to help out with questions, the employee didn’t have a name tag but had red hair.
Written November 3, 2020
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yp17
New York City, NY83 contributions
Apr 2021
The Gem vault is always worth a repeat visit. Imax films are a good value. Parking is more difficult in this area compared to the zoo. Main complaint is the additional exhibits/lectures events are sizeable extra cost, even for members. New gardens across the driveway are beautiful.
Written April 3, 2021
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