Houston Museum of Natural Science

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5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX, USA
www.hmns.org - (713) 639-4629

Houston Museum of Natural Science Reviews

vances vances
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This place is a natural Jul 25, 2015
It becomes apparent what a big draw the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences (HMNS) is from the moment you glimpse the lengthy queue to purchase tickets. When I first popped in around noon on a Saturday, this long, twisting creature completely turned me off and I bailed. It seemed a plausible strategy was waiting until later and letting the crowd thin, so I diverted to exploring nearby art galleries and returned at 3PM. Bad assumption – the line was identical! HMNS closes at 6PM so this time I committed and dove in. I was pleasantly surprised to learn folks get processed quite rapidly (had not noticed there are at least eight booths staffed to accommodate the masses during my first visit).

The facility is modern and huge. Three stories tall with a basement, there is plenty of room for plenty of cool stuff, and the museum fills it wonderfully.

After tendering my ticket I was quickly astonished by the museum’s breadth. There is a bit of something for everyone. Ranging from an impressive collection of Egyptian antiquities (including mummies, of course), to cavernous display of dinosaur skeletons, to an in depth inventory of Texan wildlife (expertly segregated by the many unique ecosystems within the state), to a thoughtful investigation of energy sources (remarkably well balanced, given the museum’s base within an oil capital), and tons more! I am only sharing the handful of exhibits where I spent some time digging in.

I found HMNS offered a lovely balance of information and interactive displays. Whether probing history, flora and fauna, or technology, the displays consistently entertained while teaching. What a concept.

Only downer was the price menu at the ticket counter. Beyond standard admission, entrance to over a half dozen venues within cost an additional fee. A bit confusing and while not exorbitant, it was not cheap (and that is speaking as a solo visitor – for a family it would get expensive fast). There was nothing beyond the title of the extras (e.g., “Sharks”), so difficult to decide on a whim. What probably irritated me was when I attempted to stroll into the special Shark exhibit, because it looked like everything else. I was quickly intercepted by an attendant and interrogated about a supplemental ticket. No big deal, but annoying.

Beyond that sour note, this is a tremendous place where young and old should be delighted! The museum is open daily from 9AM to 6PM and offers “free” Thursday afternoons, 3PM – 6PM.
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joseph98 says:
Impressive stuff - you can't go wrong with science museums really, or at least if they're as well presented as this one appears to be.
Posted on: Aug 13, 2015
EmyG says:
stuffed animals again :P you must have a weakness to such places LOL
Posted on: Aug 13, 2015
Vikram says:
Kind of feel sad I lived in TX for 12 yrs now and missed seeing it.
Posted on: Aug 12, 2015
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Nice science museum Mar 09, 2010
Not a bad science museum. It covers a mix of subjects (there's a nice bit on evolution). A nice Foucault pendulum exhibit as well. The butterfly exhibit is small but worth a look.
Nair2011 Nair2011
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Science Museum to learn the basics of science for school kids Apr 10, 2005
Houston Museum of Natural Science is the place where I have seen all I learnt in science when I was in high school and thought of good old school days and science fairs.

This museum has many basic experiments for kids to see and learn practically like pendulum moving and hitting the wooden sticks to fall in a circle to show earth is rotating etc.. Seen many school kids with an assignment sheet noting the results of all the experiments they are doing as per the list given my their teachers. Goodway of learning science.

Also it houses an IMAX theater and Butter fly center.

This place has Dinosaurs Skeletons and also have Texas and African wild animalsecology. Animals looks very much live.
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