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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..."(7 Tips)
    Christine H.
    "Check out the new paleontology hall!! It's amazing."(6 Tips)
    Jackie M.
    "If you miss summer weather just head to the Butterfly Center."(7 Tips)
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  • Chris B.
    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
  • Jarrod K.
    Jarrod KlawinskySeptember 15
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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    The energy exhibit is a bit outdated and cheesy and it's packed on the weekends.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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amy H.
    Amy HoFebruary 21
    Spacious museum with interesting permanent exhibits. One of the best museums I've ever been to- great visit every time!
  • Jake H.
    Jake HaenchenJanuary 14
    The butterfly exhibit was superbly beautiful. It's like a small rainforest in the middle of Houston.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Harlisha H.
    Harlisha HomerJune 22, 2012
    The new Hall of Paleontology at the @hmns is wonderful. My kids and I loved it!
  • Zachary R.
    Excellent museum. Perfect for a rainy or hot day. Their evening social events are a lot of fun.
  • Kayla C.
    Kayla CarlsonJuly 7, 2012
    Titanic exhibit was amazing! Definitely different and more artifacts than the first time this exhibit visited hmns
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Azaruddin Azral
    Azaruddin AzralJanuary 23, 2015
    Nice place to learn many things. Only McD available here for meals.
  • 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/
  • JONI B.
    JONI BENMay 26
    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,
  • Vasundhara R.
    Vasundhara RayOctober 23, 2015
    Lots to see. Definitely go for the movies. Butterfly park.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Katrina R.
    Katrina RoseSeptember 9
    Go on Thursday after 2 and get in for free and special exhibits are discounted
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ming J.
    Ming JengAugust 1, 2015
    Great dinosaur exhibit. The butterfly exhibit is worth the extra money.
  • 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
  • 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
  • John S.
    John ShermanMarch 10, 2015
    definitely worth checking out, kids and adults both will love it
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren RappJuly 31, 2013
    Great museum! The dinosaur and science exhibit was amazing.
  • 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.
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