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Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Museum of Natural Science

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The Museum District, Houston
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  • Melissa D.
    "Kick off 2012 at the Planetarium and see 2012: Mayan Prophecies"(7 Tips)
    Megan M.
    "The butterfly exhibit is great and I've always been a fan of the..."(8 Tips)
    Dean T.
    "The dinos & the Butterfly Center are my favs."(8 Tips)
    Christine H.
    "Check out the new paleontology hall!! It's amazing."(6 Tips)
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  • Chris B.
    Chris BradyJuly 8, 2016
    Dinosaurs each other in every display. It's hilarious. The mineral displays are amazing too. And, of course, there are visiting exhibits, which are usually amazing. Check out their Snapchat on HMNS!
  • Veronica A.
    Veronica AndradeAugust 24, 2014
    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
  • Jo D.
    Jo DobrowskiAugust 23, 2015
    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.
  • Vanessa B.
    Vanessa BenefieldJuly 28, 2013
    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.
  • Christina B.
    Christina BootheMay 25, 2016
    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!
  • Kelly Adams Dennis
    Kelly Adams DennisJanuary 16, 2014
    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.
  • Jarrod K.
    Jarrod KlawinskySeptember 15, 2016
    Beautiful museum with just science but a varied collection of dinosaurs, a living butterfly sanctuary, planetarium, and permanent gemstone hall. It's one of the anchors of the Museum District.
  • Amy H.
    Amy HoFebruary 21, 2016
    Spacious museum with interesting permanent exhibits. One of the best museums I've ever been to- great visit every time!
  • Kelly D.
    Kelly DeedsAugust 9, 2015
    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.
  • Noor N.
    Noor NahasApril 20, 2013
    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.
  • Wil J.
    Wil JeudySeptember 26, 2013
    This place is terrific! Clean, easy, LOTS of different stuff to see. I was really (surprisingly) impressed by the Fabrege exhibit.
  • Kelly D.
    Kelly DeedsAugust 9, 2015
    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.
  • 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
  • Clint L.
    Clint LivelyDecember 31, 2014
    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
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanAugust 7, 2014
    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.
  • Nohariz Iris G.
    Nohariz Iris GonzalezDecember 7, 2011
    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!.
  • Mary N.
    Mary N3 weeks ago
    Great collection. Loved the Gem and Jewel collection! Lots of butterflies with beautiful colors.
  • N P.
    N PFebruary 24
    The museum is free on Thursdays after 2pm. Butterfly exhibit has an additional cost but it is worth it and It also has a discount on Thursday's
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KAugust 13, 2015
    If you have triple A, show your card and you get a super discount. Ticket goes down to $7!
  • Vasundhara R.
    Vasundhara RayOctober 23, 2015
    Lots to see. Definitely go for the movies. Butterfly park.
  • G B.
    G BitzMarch 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • NASA
    NASAJanuary 11, 2011
    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
  • Jake H.
    Jake HaenchenJanuary 14, 2016
    The butterfly exhibit was superbly beautiful. It's like a small rainforest in the middle of Houston.
  • The Daytripper
    The DaytripperApril 17, 2014
    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.
  • Damien F.
    Damien FrancoFebruary 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have kids don't miss the installation downstairs. After, of course, you've checked out the dinosaur bones!
  • Winthrop A.
    Winthrop ArnoldMarch 20, 2014
    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.
  • Gina G.
    Gina GarciaOctober 4, 2014
    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
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandJune 18, 2016
    Excellent museum. Perfect for a rainy or hot day. Their evening social events are a lot of fun.
  • Harlisha H.
    Harlisha HomerJune 22, 2012
    The new Hall of Paleontology at the @hmns is wonderful. My kids and I loved it!
  • Jon C.
    Jon ChristoffersenJuly 14, 2013
    Love this place. I could spend days looking at everything. The updated Ancient Egypt exhibit is fascinating. So much to see!
  • 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."
  • Buck Seng N.
    Buck Seng NgJanuary 11, 2015
    A great natural science & history museum! Lovely.
  • 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.
  • Kayla C.
    Kayla CarlsonJuly 7, 2012
    Titanic exhibit was amazing! Definitely different and more artifacts than the first time this exhibit visited hmns
  • 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!
  • Azaruddin Azral
    Azaruddin AzralJanuary 23, 2015
    Nice place to learn many things. Only McD available here for meals.
  • Irene D.
    Irene DubynaApril 28
    This place is awesome! special `wow` to dinosaurs room! half of the day won't be enough to look around.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressJuly 25, 2013
    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! http://readerschoice.houstonpress.com/
  • Arce D.
    Arce DuarteOctober 22, 2015
    The planetarium is awesome and college students get dicounts
  • JONI B.
    JONI BENMay 26, 2016
    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,
  • Megan M.
    Megan MaiselJuly 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • K D.
    K DSeptember 9, 2016
    Go on Thursday after 2 and get in for free and special exhibits are discounted
  • Ming J.
    Ming JengAugust 1, 2015
    Great dinosaur exhibit. The butterfly exhibit is worth the extra money.
  • wang l.
    wang liyingJanuary 19, 2013
    Dogs invariably take a liking for stuffed and furry toys. They enjoy nibbling it whenever they feel like. http://itoykids.com
  • Luis C.
    Luis C.August 3, 2012
    Don't forget to check out The Americas on the 3rd floor. http://www.hmns.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=118&Itemid=123
  • Wayne A.
    Wayne AApril 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One thing the HMNS has over my former Museum, the NMMNHS, is that they don't allow food in the large screen theater.
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYApril 6, 2010
    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
  • Alexander F.
    Alexander FuryJanuary 31, 2010
    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
  • John S.
    John ShermanMarch 10, 2015
    definitely worth checking out, kids and adults both will love it
  • Dean T.
    Great in every way. The dinos & the Butterfly Center are my favs.
  • David C.
    David CFebruary 23
    Cool exhibits and lectures. Don't come on weekends if you want to avoid swarms of children
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 23, 2010
    Outside the side entrance (along Hermann Circle Dr), kids love spinning the massive globe, floating mysteriously in a burbling water fountain. Powered by ParentsConnect.com
  • fabulous savings
    fabulous savingsMarch 19, 2012
    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
  • Andres E.
    Andres ElizondoJanuary 10
    Lots of exhibits for the broader strokes of science and overall an awesome collection of information.
  • ELS Language Centers
    ELS Language CentersApril 13, 2012
    27 miles from ELS - Free on Tuesdays after 2pm, and visit the Cockrell Butterfly Center. www.HMNS.org
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren RappJuly 31, 2013
    Great museum! The dinosaur and science exhibit was amazing.
  • Pdro C.
    Pdro CortzDecember 1, 2013
    Ask for James on the paleonthology guided tour. Best guide ever!
  • Heidi M.
    Heidi MandlMay 13, 2010
    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
  • 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.
  • Lady K.
    Lady KeiJuly 22, 2016
    I totally loved this place!! Especially the dinosaurs!!!!
  • gaoxingru c.
    gaoxingru caneJanuary 16, 2013
    Have you ever noticed the confidence of women, walking around with their designer handbags? Read more
  • susie g.
    susie gMarch 15, 2013
    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.
  • Quan T.
    Quan TranMay 11, 2010
    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!
  • Mandar T.
    Mandar TrivediApril 1, 2015
    I heard about the new paleontology hall so this will be tops on my next visit! Can't wait!
  • Social N.
    A new Hall of Paleontology just opened! It's amazing! Definitely worth a walk-through.
  • Eddie V's Prime Seafood
    We love exploring the paleontology hall – especially on Thursdays from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. when admission is FREE!
  • Alexandra G.
    Alexandra GuinnMay 20, 2015
    Renovated dinosaur exhibit is amazingggg plus zoltar is here!!
  • Megan M.
    Megan MaiselJuly 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They've added to the butterfly exhibit and it's even better than before. Love the end, with the bug snacks.
  • delete d.
    delete deleteJune 20, 2013
    Someone want to explain why the Museum of Natural Science thinks that a Tyrannosaurus Rex is the same as a Brontosaurus?
  • Zack F.
    Zack FitzgeraldJuly 22, 2010
    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!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressSeptember 23, 2013
    Head out to the Museum Experience - Zone 4 on September 28th for free museum entry, fun arts and crafts and more!
  • gaoxingru c.
    gaoxingru caneFebruary 7, 2013
    Beautiful colors of oil paints have been used to make these paintings. The wise selection of colors make these paintings look very real and beautiful. Read more
  • Claudia G.
    Claudia GarciaFebruary 23, 2016
    Love this museum! The gems are my favorite to go see :)
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressJune 5, 2012
    2011 Houston Web Awards Winner: Best Flickr Pool. Check out the 2012 Houston Web Awards on June 28. www.HoustonWebAwards.com
  • Cyril A.
    Cyril AndalcioMay 22, 2015
    The Butterfly center and the Planetarium are very special!!
  • Anthonny A.
    Anthonny Arias GarcíaSeptember 4, 2013
    Ask for Rich to guide trough the museum... He is awesome!
  • Andy Y.
    Andy YuAugust 25, 2015
    friendly stuff great exhibition
  • Yunus E.
    Yunus EmreJune 19, 2013
    There is an Ancient Egypt Exhibition here! Cool to see a 3000 years old real mummy.
  • Marni
    MarniOctober 20, 2014
    The basic collection is pretty decent, but the special exhibits are always interesting.
  • Sevecen G.
    Sevecen GünelJune 23, 2016
    Best is the butterfly room
  • Erika J.
    Erika JardimJuly 25, 2016
    Really nice place to have fun!
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam Goldman2 weeks ago
    The new orientation of the dinosaur collection is a vast improvement.
  • Cory G.
    Cory GiovanellaJuly 5, 2013
    New paleontology hall is impressive but not for young kids. It's designed for older kids/ adults.
  • Tiffany S.
    Tiffany SantosMay 25, 2011
    Rock On! was fabulous. Myanmar prophecies of 2012 was interesting. Gem and jewel collection insane!
  • Kerri L.
    Kerri LewinSeptember 24, 2010
    Membership is essential. Support this awesome Institution, & save some cash. Butterfly Pavillion is a treasure.
  • Miguel U.
    Miguel UrquietaAugust 8, 2015
    Wonderfull place, a lot of things to whatch and to know
  • Jay 🐝
    Jay 🐝May 21, 2011
    Check out the gem vault on 2nd floor and the mummy in the basement!
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FontenotJune 17, 2014
    The Magna Carta from 1217 is in better shape than the food court restrooms here.
  • Laura H.
    Laura HelfrichDecember 9, 2011
    Something for everyone! Adults $15, Kids $10. Save money with the CityPass... Read more
  • Debra R.
    Debra RolloSeptember 18, 2010
    I checked in for the first time and I earned a free ticket to the butterfly exhibit! Just show them your phone!!
  • Cruise R.
    Cruise RodriguezJanuary 24, 2016
    Amazing beautiful place with a bunch of cool stuff to see
  • Ivan P.
    Ivan PerezJanuary 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I like the Gem Vault the best. Very cool and most of the pieces are from a local jeweler/designer.
  • Bob C.
    Bob CMarch 21, 2014
    Be prepared to be charged for individual exhibits. Not cheap in the least bit.
  • Didi U.
    Didi UPNovember 13, 2013
    Good to go with children.
  • Hector M.
    Hector MarreroJuly 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    All the exhibits are great!
  • Faith G.
    Faith GalesJuly 7, 2013
    Everything was awesome!!! Loved the mummies!
  • Jackie M.
    Jackie MartinezDecember 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you miss summer weather just head to the Butterfly Center. The temp inside is about 80 degrees.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BarnettMarch 22, 2015
    The have three t-rex skeletons. Enough said...
  • Gabriel A.
    Gabriel AzevedoJuly 30, 2011
    The oil & gas part of the museum is fantastic
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DarraghJanuary 6, 2012
    Kick off 2012 at the Planetarium and see 2012: Mayan Prophecies
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KIMMarch 3, 2016
    공룡이 사진과 함께 전시되어 있어서 디오라마의 한장면을 보는것 같아서 아이와 함께 즐거운 시간을 보낼수 있었습니다 ^^
  • Antonio A.
    Los jueves de 15:00 a 17:00 la entrada es gratis. De lo contrario $20 USD por adulto. Algunas exposiciones tiene. Costo extra: planetario, sharks, mariposas...
  • Hector S.
    Hector SaldivarSeptember 15, 2014
    Demasaiadas exposiciones con costo extra....ai pagas todas realmente es muy caro el ticket completo. Eso sí, el museo esta en perfectas condiciones.
  • Velia T.
    Excelente opción para llevar a tus hijos! Después puedes disfrutar paseando por el Hermann Park ;)
  • Laura C.
    Laura CredidioSeptember 29, 2015
    Nao da para descrever, foi a melhor exposição de fósseis que ja vi, isto sem contar as outras áreas. Recomendo
  • karla m.
    karla montesJuly 24, 2015
    Fue una experiencia muy bonita , xk estoy en compañía de mis amores
  • Abbiel Z.
    Cierran a las 5 pm, así que lleguen con tiempo, los jueves son gratis! :)
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KIMMarch 3, 2016
    인근에 공원도 있어서 산책하기에 좋았습니다. 하지만 일본정원은 인공의 냄새가 너무 많이나서 비추였습니다.
  • Carlos A.
    Vale la pena por los fósiles y la sección de las piedras y minerales
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