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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: 17136394629
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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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Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission
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Great exhibits

The exhibits for the topics that they have are better than the Smithsonian. The dinosaur exhibit is fantastic along with the paleontology. Texas wildlife and coastal marshes are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The exhibits for the topics that they have are better than the Smithsonian. The dinosaur exhibit is fantastic along with the paleontology. Texas wildlife and coastal marshes are very well done. Only thing is the layout. I kept seeming to enter the exhibits in the wrong direction.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love to go and spend most of the day looking at the exhibits and reading all the information that comes with them. My kids and grandchildren love to go and look and they learn alot. Wonderful place to take the family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

HMNS has arguably the finest collection of gems and minerals in the world. They also have the first True 8K planetarium in the world with immersive planetarium shows the will take your breath away. The list goes on.... Fantastic Butterfly Center, great exhibit halls nd the largest display of dinosaurs in the world. Need I say more?

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My granddaughter came for a visit and since she is 16 we sometimes have a hard time agreeing on what to do. This museum was awesome and kept us talking and engaged for hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So much to see at this interesting, educational, fun museum! Also shopping at gift shops, choices of features at the IMAX theater and the Baker Planetarium. Don't miss the Cockrell Butterfly walk-through! Several floors of excellent exhibits! Across from the Miller Outdoor Theater!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I booked my daughter's 1st birthday party at the HMNS with a butterfly them. The guests were able to tour the Cockrell butterfly exhibit as well as roam through the whole museum after the party. From the beginning the staff who helped setup her party were terrific. Very friendly,helpful and knowledgeable. The party was a huge success among the kids... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Awesome place! The dinosaur exibit is really cool. It's a huge place with lots of really interesting things to observe.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fantastic place to spend the day with family, especially the older kids. The Paleontology exhibit is incredible and educational. Butterfly center a must do! All great exhibits. Have been there many times, especially with visiting family. I gave it a 4 star instead of 5 because the only place to eat in there is McDonald's and admission can be pricey,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is spacious and well organized. It has wonderful exhibits on Egypt, evolution, oil and gas production, and many other topics. With IMAX and the planetarium as well as a Mc Donald's inside, you can spend an hour or a day. Very family friendly.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Is a very nice place to have fun and do some activities with the kids. Be there early to find parking sometimes take time and is far, price is acceptable

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