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Diverse exhibits from dinosaur bones to Egyptian artifacts, with a butterfly habitat and planetarium adding to the appeal. Unique items available in the gift shop.
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Interactive space exploration center with tram tours to historic Mission Control and astronaut training facilities. Features include Saturn V exhibit, retired shuttles, and hands-on experiences.
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Museum complex with diverse global art collections, including impressionist masterpieces and interactive exhibits like the Infinity Room. Features sculpture garden and cafe.
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Art museum set in a serene park, showcasing a mix of ancient to modern pieces with a focus on surrealism, housed in striking architecture with a tranquil chapel.
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  • CPaM68
    Texas686 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seeing this exhibit takes me back to my trip to Egypt and visiting the Valley of the Kings in 2010. The museum's exhibit tries to take visitors back to the day in 1922, when Egyptologist Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s Tomb, and explores what Carter saw when he first entered the burial chamber. A hallway even helps create the illusion of descending into the tomb. The interactive exhibit features an exact size scale recreation of King Tut’s burial chamber and reproductions of the treasures King Tut was taking with him as he entered the afterlife. It's neat that you get to walk in the footsteps of Carter as he gets his first glimpse of the “Wonderful things!” in the tomb. For all their devotion to the gods, the ancient Egyptians loved life and wanted it to continue into eternity. Since they believed in resurrection, they filled their tombs with everyday objects that they would need later: beds, chairs, chariots, boats, weapons, game boards, cosmetics, jugs of wine, musical instruments, clothing, food, and even pets. Everything they used in life they wanted in death and the afterlife. Almost everything historians know about ancient Egypt are derived from two sources: temples and tombs. Unfortunately, nearly all the tombs of the kings were robbed of their treasures by tomb robbers over the years. Miraculously, Carter's discovery yielded artifacts that had been untouched. This produced a true time capsule of ancient Egypt and literally brought Tutankhamen back to life for the entire world to see. Had Tutankhamen's relatively-intact tomb from the late XVIII Dynasty not been discovered by Carter in 1922, we'd never know the staggering amount of luxury these ancient kings possessed. Unfortunately, all the artifacts in the museum's tomb are not actual historical relics but reproductions. Of course, this allows the museum to display the artifacts in a more accurate portrayal than using the actual relics would. It also allows the artifacts to be touchable and for the museum to incorporate multimedia and interactive elements, including a touchscreen-based video game where players dig through the site of the tomb and search for treasures. Although seeing King Tut’s Tomb Discovery Experience is a worthwhile experience and certainly worth seeing, I felt a little disappointed. While the Houston Museum of Natural Science is a great museum (one of the best in the US) and while the exhibit is very educational and interesting experience, it is expensive and not very affordable for many Houston families. It is unfortunate that going to the museum ends up costing so much (Adults $35 - Children $27) that many people, especially those that would gain from the experience, will miss the opportunity to see something like this because they simply can’t afford it.
    Written June 7, 2024
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  • JMoon89
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Showed up around 10:30 AM and only the last 2 tours were available for the Astronaut Training Facility, so agree with what people say about showing up as soon as they open to secure a tour.

    Rocket Park is available all day, no reservation required and not much of a wait. They send the tram as soon as it's full and the next one is waiting to go.

    You technically don't have in and out privileges for parking cause the camera system will flag you twice.. we wanted to go out and get In-and-Out for lunch while waiting for our Mission Control Tour. But the parking ticket does say it's a flat fee for 18 hours, so we were able to get our second parking fee waived at guest services.

    Interesting museum, worth the visit
    Written June 16, 2024
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  • volcanogirl
    Houston, TX15,890 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We're museum members and came to see the exhibit "Vertigo of Color" showcasing the art of Matisse and Derain as they explored the genre of Fauvism. The paintings in the exhibit are beautiful, mostly set in a small French seaside town where the artists spent their summer. Lots of bold strokes and vivid, saturated colors like bright oranges, hot pinks, purples, and turquoise. Apparently this was considered quite daring back in the day. Fauvism was new to me, so I appreciated learning about it. My favorite was Matisse's Open Window that focuses on a view of sailboats through an open window. I also loved "Woman with a Shawl" that was painted by Derain and features Matisse's wife as the model. The museum itself is fantastic and spread across three large buildings connected by a tunnel system. It's free on Thursdays if you want to just go in and explore. Don't miss James Turrell's light tunnel called "The Light Inside" as you pass from one building to another. The permanent collection is impressive - European art, Asian art, Islamic art, African art - there's really something for everyone. We parked in the parking garage attached to the museum. I'd recommend plugging the address into your GPS because it's a bit hard to find. There's also an outdoor sculpture garden - don't miss the bean sculpture called "Cloud Column" - and a nice cafe where you can grab a bite to eat. For tourists or locals, this is a great place to explore and beat the summer heat.
    Written May 28, 2024
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  • Nofrillstraveler
    80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It had been a few years since I last visited the Houston Zoo. Most zoos seem to decline over the years. This one had definitely improved. It is well laid out and clean. Due to the thunderstorm, most of the animals were not available for viewing. The staff did a great job of explaining that there was an incoming storm so I may wish to come back later to use the ticket as there was no reentry once you enter and then leave.
    Written June 5, 2024
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  • CindyR54
    Calgary, Canada198 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great food and beautiful ball stadium. My husband and I took our young grandsons to watch the Blue Jays and had dinner there. We sat once on the first base line, low down and one in the mid-section of left field. I preferred the higher seats.as you could see more. We had nachos and hot dogs, all good. The only downside is that the wine was TERRIBLE. We went two nights, and had a glass each, both equally bad.

    The ballpark staff were very helpful and friendly and it was really easy to get in and out, even after the game.
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • sprater09
    Palestine, TX504 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a great visit here on our trip to Houston. Our 5 year old loved the entire place! There is a lot of variety here for kids of all ages. Large enough to fit all the people. There were a lot of people on a busy Saturday, however our daughter got to do everything she wanted to do with no wait time. Great place to check out. Prices are reasonable for the amount of activities. You could literally stay all day if you wanted.
    Written May 27, 2024
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  • Margery S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The fit of the dress is also fantastic. I am quite petite and often struggle to find dresses that fit me well. However, this dress comes in different sizes, including petite, which was a game-changer for me. The dress hugs my body in all the right places without being too tight or uncomfortable. The length is also perfect, hitting right above my knees, making it appropriate for both work and social events.
    Written April 19, 2024
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  • Justin K
    Houston, TX2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went today with my wife. We had a great time. We really enjoyed the different display of coffins from around the globe. Also enjoyed the section about New Orleans. I worked and lived in New Orleans years ago. It was fascinating to see all that is displayed here. We saw this on Tik Tok. We had a fun time. We participated in the fun scavenger hunt. Would recommend to come back. Very engaging and the price is not bad.
    Written June 14, 2024
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  • Monika B
    Houston, TX14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I grow milkweed in pots and raise monarch butterflies in my backyard and love to see the other species at the Butterfly Center.
    Written July 28, 2023
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,517 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World class museums can be found here, and there are several close together. If you have a lot of time and plan to visit more than one, you can park your car and walk among them. Together they form a very pretty part of town.
    Written February 18, 2024
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  • Karin Nee
    Massachusetts19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The exhibit was very moving and showed the history of the Jewish persecution from the beginning of Nazi's rise in power all the way liberation. There are plenty of documentaries and artifacts throughout the tour. A lot of descriptive placards in both English and Spanish.
    It took about 3h for me to finish the entire tour. I like many of the exhibits related to World War II. The history of the Holocaust is no exception and this place was definitely on my to-do list when I visited Houston. I was not disappointed by this museum.
    Written May 22, 2024
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  • dorlucie
    New York City, NY209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a hidden gem that I was not aware of. Modern art and a wide range of collectibles. Worth the trip as it is exhibited in a spacious building allowing for very unusual pieces .
    Written February 29, 2024
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