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Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Science Museum and Museum
The Museum District, Houston
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  • Melissa D.
    "Kick off 2012 at the Planetarium and see 2012: Mayan Prophecies"(6 Tips)
    Megan M.
    "The butterfly exhibit is great and I've always been a fan of the..."(7 Tips)
    Nicolas G.
    "... massive improvement. Butterfly center remains a fantastic experience, especially..."(7 Tips)
    Christine H.
    "Check out the new paleontology hall!! It's amazing."(6 Tips)
163 Tips and reviews
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  • dinosaurs
  • new paleontology hall
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  • Noor N.
    The energy exhibit is a bit outdated and cheesy and it's packed on the weekends. Try to go during off hours or the weekdays if you prefer a quiet museum experience. Mostly for kids and families.
    Noor Nahas · April 20, 2013
  • NASA
    Burke Baker Planetarium is one of the most advanced in the world. Don't be surprised if you see a few NASA astronauts here as we use the facility to assist with training on starfield identification. Read more
    NASA · January 11, 2011
  • Veronica A.
    The butterflies are so beautiful and so many to see :) , the prehistoric place is awesome for kids very educational and plenty to see , my daughter loved it
    Veronica Andrade · August 24, 2014
  • Jo D.
    Super impressive! Seriously, so many dinosaurs! And their gem collection? AMAZING. There's so much to see here. Plan to spend at least a couple hours. Plus, it's free on Thursdays.
    Jo Dobrowski · August 23, 2015
  • Kelly D.
    The Gairo Extreme is so worth riding. Upside down, backward and spinning. Spinning ball ride. Science and earth presentation in the Geovator is detailed and it has elevator motions.
    Kelly Deeds · August 9, 2015
  • Kelly D.
    The pyramid display is so descriptive and it is so tactile. The animal bones and dinosaur fossils are elaborate to touch. The paleontology tour is so intricate and educational.
    Kelly Deeds · August 9, 2015
  • Winthrop A.
    Stay away from drugs. Try to be nice to people. Restaurants like Carrabba's, Vincent's, Nino's, Houston's, El Tiempo, & Molina's are sure fire winners when looking for something to eat.
    Winthrop Arnold · March 20, 2014
  • Nicolas G.
    Used to be a rather mediocre science museum ... but no longer ... The new Paleontology Hall is a massive improvement. Butterfly center remains a fantastic experience, especially with small children.
    Nicolas Gonzales Nagels · April 23, 2013
  • Quan T.
    Always ask too see if your company that you work for is on their corporate list! My gf said she worked for Chartis and we saved 20 dollars instantly!! Mark this comment good if it worked!
    Quan Tran · May 11, 2010
  • Local Houston Magazine
    Check out their permanent exhibit--Hall of Ancient Egypt. It presents artifacts collected during the early days of investigations, and compares old-style archaeology with 21st-century approaches. Read more
    Local Houston Magazine · June 19, 2013
  • Nohariz Iris G.
    This location is free the first Tuesday of every month. If you have kids...Free is awesome...Or if you just like freebies...As well is the Houston zooYou're welcome!.
    Nohariz Iris Gonzalez · December 7, 2011
  • Wil J.
    This place is terrific! Clean, easy, LOTS of different stuff to see. I was really (surprisingly) impressed by the Fabrege exhibit.
    Wil Jeudy · September 26, 2013
  • G B.
    If you expect out of town visitors, just get an individual membership and save some money. Because the new paleontology hall really should not be missed when in Houston.
    G Bitz · March 12, 2014
  • Clint L.
    World class paleontology hall - the other exhibits are really good too - plenty of free parking near by if you want to save $10 that the garage charges
    Clint Lively · December 31, 2014
  • The Daytripper
    If you only have time for one, make it the Houston Museum of Natural Science with incredible exhibits on Paleontology, Egypt, gems, malacoloy, butterflies and tons more.
    The Daytripper · April 17, 2014
  • Alexander F.
    A wonderful place to spend a Tuesday afternoon musing over mankind's adventures and discoveries in the natural world. Great exhibits and workshops. Don't miss "Mixer's & Elixirs" nights in autumn. Read more
    Alexander Fury · January 31, 2010
  • Jessica F.
    Way too expensive and not to mention outdated. I remember seeing the same things 15 yrs ago here when I was a kid. Also, the place smells like a food court because of the McDonald's there. Barf!
    Jessica Fontenot · July 4, 2012
  • Heidi M.
    Took the kids (ages 10, 8, 6, 3 and 17 months) each equipped with drawing pads, snacks and colorful pencils on Sunday.Let them draw their very own dinosaurs.Wonderful creative experience.Highly recomm
    Heidi Mandl · May 13, 2010
  • Christina B.
    This is the place that shaped my childhood. My mother invested so much time taking me and my brother to this place over the years. Because of that, my curiosity knows no bounds. I love this place!
    Christina Boothe · 5 days ago
  • TopSpot Internet Marketing
    Sr. SEO Strategist Julia says, "If you like going to museums, it's usually cheaper to grab a membership. Since I became a member, I always want to go and get my knowledge on. Thursdays are free."
    TopSpot Internet Marketing · December 26, 2013
  • Vanessa B.
    If you go in a group, have everyone who has a smart phone download Foursquare. Saved my family $32 with the Butterfly special for your first check in.
    Vanessa Benefield · July 28, 2013
  • Megan M.
    The butterfly exhibit is great and I've always been a fan of the planetarium. Seeing Lois (the corpse flower) was anticlimactic, though I do enjoy my "Bring on the Funk" button.
    Megan Maisel · July 27, 2010
  • Kelly Adams Dennis
    Explore the far reaches of outer space, roam with the dinosaurs, wander through Africa's Serengeti, and marvel at the world's rarest and most beautiful minerals.
    Kelly Adams Dennis · January 16, 2014
  • Jake H.
    The butterfly exhibit was superbly beautiful. It's like a small rainforest in the middle of Houston.
    Jake Haenchen · January 14
  • Miriam G.
    Don't miss the Imax here. Local legend has it that it was once the largest in the country. The butterfly center is also a gem.
    Miriam Goldman · August 7, 2014
    The live butterfly exhibit fascinates children as does the Challenger Learning Center with its intro to space science. Spend time exploring the dinosaur exhibit, if you need a break enjoy an IMAX film
    HISTORY · April 6, 2010
  • Amy H.
    Spacious museum with interesting permanent exhibits. One of the best museums I've ever been to- great visit every time!
    Amy Ho · February 21
  • Houston Press
    Check them out Sat, Sept 28th at "The Museum Experience - Zone 4!" Love this museum? Vote for the 2013 Best of Readers Choice for your favorite Houston Museum!
    Houston Press · July 25, 2013
  • Dora
    Outside the side entrance (along Hermann Circle Dr), kids love spinning the massive globe, floating mysteriously in a burbling water fountain. Powered by
    Dora · July 23, 2010
  • Gina G.
    The Shark! Exhibit was smaller than I expected but still good. Worth the extra $5 bucks of you already plan to go to the museum
    Gina Garcia · October 4, 2014
  • Damien F.
    If you have kids don't miss the installation downstairs. After, of course, you've checked out the dinosaur bones!
    Damien Franco · February 27, 2015
  • Zack F.
    I got the exact opposite experience as Melanie below- I showed the offer on my iPad to the cashier, and she gave the discount, no questions asked!
    Zack Fitzgerald · July 22, 2010
  • fabulous savings
    Dino fan? View 450 fossils going back 3.5 billion years! Buy a CityPASS beforehand with this Viator coupon. The pass saves you up to 41% on Houston attractions but the coupon gets you an extra 7% off. Read more
    fabulous savings · March 19, 2012
  • Plaza Museum D.
    Looking to live just a few blocks away from here?? Put that annual membership to use everyday! Check us out and see what great specials we have to offer!
    Plaza Museum District Apartments · September 18, 2012
  • CultureMap Houston M.
    It’s a big family destination but we love when they stay open late on Fridays for "Mixers and Elixirs," where the young intelligentsia mix, mingle and dance.
    CultureMap Houston Manager · March 20, 2012
  • Wayne A.
    One thing the HMNS has over my former Museum, the NMMNHS, is that they don't allow food in the large screen theater.
    Wayne A · April 29, 2012
  • Kayla C.
    Titanic exhibit was amazing! Definitely different and more artifacts than the first time this exhibit visited hmns
    Kayla Carlson · July 7, 2012
  • susie g.
    45 minutes of 4 way stops and bumper to bumper traffic, even using GPS. I finally gave up on Cockrell Butterfly Hall at the HMNS and the new Picasso exhibit at the MFAH. Traffic hell.
    susie g · March 15, 2013
  • Kerri L.
    Membership is essential. Support this awesome Institution, & save some cash. Butterfly Pavillion is a treasure.
    Kerri Lewin · September 24, 2010
  • Kimberly L.
    Buy tickets early to see corpse flower - it was a two hour wait to even buy tickets to get in line when we went tonight. So... We didn't get to see her. And we drive an hr to see her :(
    Kimberly LaPrairie · July 22, 2010
  • Lisa K.
    If you have triple A, show your card and you get a super discount. Ticket goes down to $7!
    Lisa K · August 13, 2015
  • Debra R.
    I checked in for the first time and I earned a free ticket to the butterfly exhibit! Just show them your phone!!
    Debra Rollo · September 18, 2010
  • Harlisha H.
    The new Hall of Paleontology at the @hmns is wonderful. My kids and I loved it!
    Harlisha Homer · June 22, 2012
  • JONI B.
    Called Magic TX in a middle of the night when the garage door wont open. We were tired since we just got back from our camping trip. I figured,
    JONI BEN · 4 days ago
  • Azaruddin Azral
    Nice place to learn many things. Only McD available here for meals.
    Azaruddin Azral · January 23, 2015
  • Ivan P.
    I like the Gem Vault the best. Very cool and most of the pieces are from a local jeweler/designer.
    Ivan Perez · January 7, 2010
  • Jon C.
    Love this place. I could spend days looking at everything. The updated Ancient Egypt exhibit is fascinating. So much to see!
    Jon Christoffersen · July 14, 2013
  • Vasundhara R.
    Lots to see. Definitely go for the movies. Butterfly park.
    Vasundhara Ray · October 23, 2015
  • ELS Language Centers
    27 miles from ELS - Free on Tuesdays after 2pm, and visit the Cockrell Butterfly Center.
    ELS Language Centers · April 13, 2012
  • Marni
    The basic collection is pretty decent, but the special exhibits are always interesting.
    Marni · October 20, 2014
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