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Highlights

  • Embark on a "prehistoric safari" that also includes the grand saga of human evolution — from tree-climbing australopithecines to courageous mammoth-hunters.
  • View some of the rarest and most stunning crystallized mineral specimens in the world, such as The Alma Queen, a brilliant red rhodochrosite that is one of the most famous specimens in mineralogy.
  • Catch of glimpse of life in ancient Egypt and see hundreds of Egyptian artifacts, including three mummies and no less than a dozen coffins.
  • Explore all of Africa without leaving Houston, with over 120 specimens of African wildlife on display, plus engaging interactives and films exploring African wildlife ecology and conservation.
  • See energy as you’ve never seen it before in the 30,000-square-foot Wiess Energy Hall, the most contemporary, comprehensive and technologically advanced exhibition on the science and technology of energy anywhere in the world.

Location

HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
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Hours

Open daily, 9am-5pm
Hours subject to change for holidays, special exhibitions and other events; see details.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Closed the first Saturday in March for annual gala.

(713) 639-4629
hmns.org

Offers/Upgrades

10% off Museum Store Purchase: Get 10% your purchase in the Museum Store.

Cockrell Butterfly Center: Includes access to the Brown Hall of Entomology. Cost for CityPASS guests: all ages 3+, $8.

3D Wortham Giant Screen Theater: Cost for CityPASS guests: all ages 3+, $8. (Theater is busiest from 9-11am.)

Burke Baker Planetarium Show: Cost for CityPASS guests: all ages 3+, $6.

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Advice for Visitors

Tips:

  • Allow a few hours to explore the permanent Exhibit Hall; there are four floors with many amazing exhibits.

Amenities:

  • Dining: Periodic Table and Elements Grill
  • Gift Shops: Museum Gift Shop

Visitor Safety:

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science has safety protocols in place to ensure a safe environment for its guests and staff; learn more on their website.

Best time to visit: From September through April, the museum is less crowded in the afternoon; during summer and holiday periods, the museum is less crowded before noon. Thursday afternoons are free and can be busy.

Accessibility: Handicapped access to all venues is available.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.