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The Houston Museum of Natural Science

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Address: 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030-1718
Phone Number: +1 713-639-4629
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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$22.00*
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Mummies of the World Traveling Exhibit Ticket of Houston
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$56.00*
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$11.00*
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Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission

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Energy Museum

They have a great energy museum, explaining in detail of shale drilling and other high levels of drilling operations. But, they are currently undergoing renovation and won't be... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

They have a great energy museum, explaining in detail of shale drilling and other high levels of drilling operations. But, they are currently undergoing renovation and won't be open until fall of next year.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Guided tour of the paleontology exhibit was great. Butterfly exhibit was meh (not nearly as good as the ones in Toronto Canada or Kuranda Australia). Gems exhibit was nice but the room was very dark.

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Lake Charles, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Fourth Graders all enjoyed their field trip to see the Museum, Butterfly Garden, and Giant Screen Theater. The group price is about half the general admission. You can also get a discount using the Houston City Pass. If you only want to spend half a day try the free admission on Thursday Afternoons for the permanent exhibits. There is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You could probably spend all day here if you had the time. There is an exhibit for every type of enthusiast - my favorite was the gem. It is pricey, so make sure you spend enough time to get your money's worth!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'm always a bit nervous about taking my young children to a museum, but this one was a winner for the whole family. The screen showing our image and dinosaurs interacting with us was a huge hit and started our experience well. The dinosaur skeletons were a highlight, in addition to the Egyptian display (complete with exceptionally preserved mummies). My... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We needed way more than the few hours we had. The breadth of the exhibits was amazing. Too many of them cost 'extra', however.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have seen a lot of museums all over the world and the Houston museum is right up there. It also has things to keep the little ones entertained.

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HoustonHMNS, Guest Relations Manager at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We love to hear feedback from our patrons. Hope you visit us again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't sure what to expect when coming to this museum. We got there and I was initially a little taken back by the price, only to find that this is actually a steal when you see how much there is to actually do. WELL worth the money. We got lost in all the exhibits they had to offer, from... More 

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HoustonHMNS, Guest Relations Manager at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We love to hear feedback from our patrons. Hope you visit us again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Paleontology exhibit is better than DC Smithsonian. It's amazing and they put all the fossils/reproductions in fun and interactive positions. They also have the world wildlife exhibit, mummies, gem stones and petroleum drilling exhibit. There's no reason every Houstonian and visitor shouldn't come by.

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Thank you for your review! We love to hear feedback from our patrons. Hope you visit us again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the premier science and technology museums in the US. The butterfly pavilion, paleontology exhibit, energy exhibits, gem and mineral hall and the newly upgraded planetarium with multiple shows will appeal to all ages and degrees of scientific understanding. There are series of visiting exhibits that are particularly interesting and well done. Allow for at least half... More 

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Thank you for your review! We love to hear feedback from our patrons. Hope you visit us again soon! More 

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