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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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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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classVery nice museum

My family and I spent an entire day here and we stiil did not see everything the museum has to offer. The dinosaur fossil exhibits were remarkable. The Egyptian artifacts and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Terry W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family and I spent an entire day here and we stiil did not see everything the museum has to offer. The dinosaur fossil exhibits were remarkable. The Egyptian artifacts and relics told a story of all of our ancestors. There was even a native American exhibit that was extremely education and beautifully displayed. I highly recommend this museum and... More 

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Thank Terry W
Bay City, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So many things to do and see that you definitely can't do everything in one day. When we were there, it was kind of confusing on what to buy and how things worked at the ticket counter. We ended up getting a membership, thank God because we didn't have enough time that day to see everything, and we bought a... More 

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Thank Jessica D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I forget when I started losing myself at HMNS, but it was a long while ago and the fascination with the special exhibits they bring to us never lessens and is often; increased. I went to an after-hours tour of the Cabinet of Curiosities exhibit and it is a no miss - you can actually touch objects. Go!

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Thank Carl M
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am from Houston so going to a local attraction once is usually enough, not so with the Museum of Natural Science. I say I go to take my boys but every time I go I have as much fun as they do. The history covers everything from dinosaurs to precious jewels and everything in between. They have just renovated... More 

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Thank GBCrew
San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum gets better each time I visit (once every decade or so); and now it's morphed into one of the best museums of its kind anywhere. The dinosaur collection is wonderful, as are collections of minerals, gem stones, and ancient Egypt. I'm not sure yet it's one of the great "world class" museums, but it's clearly on its way... More 

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

Dinosaurs!!! Need I say more? What kid (or big kid like me) doesn't like to see them? This place has so much to see and do. There are exhibits that cost extra in addition to the regular admission. My favorite (other than seeing the dinosaurs) is the Astrology exhibit. You lie back and get to see the stars and constallations... More 

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Thank Shirley F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago 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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Thank Beamr
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago 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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Thank VWilhite
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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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