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The Houston Museum of Natural Science

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Address: 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
Phone Number: 17136394629
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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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Don't Let "Museum" fool you

When you hear museum, most people think I don't want to go there and learn. Forget about the learning, go there to be fascinated by what you see, mesmerized by history you never... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

When you hear museum, most people think I don't want to go there and learn. Forget about the learning, go there to be fascinated by what you see, mesmerized by history you never knew, and wonderment with how all that stuff came together. The Paleo hall is not to be missed. It is an annual outing on our calendar, or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have a family membership to the museum and my entire family loves going here. For children I recommend the butterfly experience. For adults, I recommend the behind the scene tours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The location was easy to access using public transport. The landscape was immaculate and breathtaking. Different kinds of displays and showcases were available at a very affordable rate.

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Stephenville, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a very neat museum with amazing artifacts. Not an interactive museum. Really enjoyed but with 2 young children didn't get to fully enjoy all the amazing displays and historical information.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed the trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and loved the exhibits and parking lots are close by. Next to the Houston Zoo and Herman Park a fun experience to learn how science works well and great fun for the family.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum surely offers a nice variety of exhibits, but they certainly lack the deepness or interest in a topic. The planetarium is rather small and the shows are patchwork, alas, they cost quite some extra money. Several exhibits are heavily sponsored and influenced by companies so it remains questionable whether or not they are unbiased.

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Johns Creek, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Museum had lots to see & was very interesting. Mineral exhibit & dinosaur skeletons especially worth seeing. However, lots of groups of kids so it was crowded & noisy. 3D movie was good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went on a free Thursday afternoon. The place was PACKED with kids and families. Was very impressed with Cullen Gallery of gems and minerals and with the gem carving exhibit; both are part of the permanent collection.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There is so much to this place! From fossils to mummies to a movie theater to butterflies and bugs. This is a great place for families with kids...especially for families where their kids are into dinosaurs! It's a must do while you are in Houston.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am a Museum Curator by profession in Australia (a railway museum). However, outside of the Convention we were attending at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, a visit to this Museum was an outstanding highlight. Their presentation and interpretation of the paleontology exhibits was truly amazing. The overall Museum was well presented and the staff deserve a big thank you. I... More 

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