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Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the nation’s most heavily-attended museums, with diverse and extraordinary offerings and four floors of exhibit halls. Included: The Morian Hall of Paleontology (one of the largest paleo halls in the nation), Hall of Ancient Egypt (a diverse collection covering 6000 years of Egyptian history), Cullen Gems & Mineral Hall (recognized as one of the best collections in the world), Wiess Energy Hall, Space, Malacology, Hall of the Americas, African and Texas Wildlife, and more. Other features (requiring separate admission) include the 3-D Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and Burke Baker Planetarium. Also host to world-class touring exhibitions, something will delight everyone.
Exhibit halls general admission to one of the nation’s favorite natural science museums.
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Open daily, 9am-5pm
Extended summer hours, 9am-6pm.
Hours subject to change for holidays, special exhibitions and other events; see details.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
- Four floors of dynamic permanent exhibit halls encompass gems and minerals,wildlife, fossils, ancient history, chemistry and more.
- The Morian Paleontology Hall contains more than 450 dinosaur fossils and casts and shows predators and prey in action — chasing, eating and escaping as they struggle for life.
- The 10,000-square-foot Hall of Ancient Egypt contains hundreds of artifacts from around the world that offer a glimpse of what life was like for the ancient Egyptians. The Museum's own mummy, Ankh Hap, is part of this new exhibit, as are two other mummies and no less than a dozen coffins.
- Discover more than 450 beautifully crystallized mineral specimens, including some of the world's most rare and beautiful examples, such as a 2000 carat blue topaz crystal.
- The Smith Gem Vault showcases stunning, custom-made jewelry set with some of the world's largest, finest and most rare cut gemstones.
- The Welch Hall of Chemistry features custom-build touch screens designed to show visitors chemistry in the natural world, the origins of the universe, the elements, and careers in this interesting field.
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher in the box office at the window for "Members/Corporate."
Special Exhibits Included with CityPASS
Gemstone Carvings: The Masterworks of Harold Van Pelt
For over 35 years, Harold Van Pelt has quietly been perfecting the art of carving quartz, rock crystal and agate gemstones. Working the stone down to paper-thin walls brings out the gorgeous natural quality and colors of the agate and gives quartz the transparency of glass. Transformed by one man’s vision and skill from a solid stone to an incredibly delicate work of art, the gemstone carvings of Harold Van Pelt have to be seen to be believed.
Open through November 16, 2014
In time for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion to ever occur, leading to the Allied victory in World War II, Battleship Texas pays homage to the last dreadnought in existence in the world, the Battleship Texas, commissioned 100 years ago. The ship is a veteran of Veracruz (1914) and both World Wars, and is credited with the introduction and innovation of advances in gunnery, aviation, and radar.
Upgrades for CityPASS Holders
3D Wortham Giant Screen Theater: Reduced cost for CityPASS holders: all ages 3+, $8.
Cockrell Butterfly Center: Includes access to the Brown Hall of Entomology. Reduced cost for CityPASS holders: all ages 3+, $6.
Burke Baker Planetarium Show: Reduced cost for CityPASS holders: all ages 3+, $6.
Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces: Presenting 150 show-stopping pieces inspired by Greco-Roman classicism, the Italian Renaissance, and the 19th-century Roman school of goldsmiths, along with sketches and other materials from the Bulgari archives, Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces showcases Bulgari's innovations in jewelry design and includes several striking pieces from the Elizabeth Taylor collection. This exhibit requires an additional fee and a timed entry ticket. On view until October 5, 2014. Reduced cost for CityPASS holders: $15.
Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters: Earthquakes. Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Volcanic eruptions. Tsunamis. These immense geological and meteorological forces shaped our planet and our world. Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters explores the fascinating science behind these powerful natural phenomena and highlights their impacts on human lives. On view until September 14, 2014. Reduced cost for CityPASS holders: $15.
Shark!: Touch live sharks in this interactive exhibition! Track great white sharks in the Gulf of Mexico, and learn about shark conservation efforts. On view from August 29, 2014-March 22, 2015. Reduced cost for CityPASS holders: $15.
Faberge: From a Snowflake to an Iceberg: A historical overview of the works of the House of Faberge, the McFerrin collection showcases over 150 new pieces. Included are several Faberge eggs and a number of objects owned by the Romanov family. On view beginning September 19, 2014. Reduced cost for CityPASS holders: $15.
Advice for Visitors
- The permanent exhibit halls are free on Thursdays 3-6pm (Sep-May: Thursdays 2-5pm) and may be more crowded.
- Weekday and weekend mornings may be crowded due to student groups.
- Crowd intensity information is available by calling (713) 639-4629.
- 3D Wortham Giant Screen Theater is busiest from 9-11am (additional entrance fee required).
Parking: Paid parking available in HMNS’s 6-story garage located on Caroline, just south of Hermann Drive. Some curbside parking available near museum entrance and in Hermann Park.
Dining: Food and beverages are not allowed inside the museum exhibit halls or theaters. McDonald's is located within the main lobby.
Accessibility: Handicapped access to all venues.
Gift Shop: Museum Store located at museum's main entrance.
METRORail train: Traveling southbound (Fannin South), exit train at Museum District Station. Walk southbound along Fannin to Hermann Drive, turn right on Hermann to museum.
Groups of 15 or more: Call (713) 639-4601.
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