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Houston Museum of Natural Science – Houston, TX

What is it?:
Natural history and science museum with permanent and rotating exhibits.

Bottom line:
GO! – 4 floors of awesomeness. The kids and I spent the entire afternoon there.

Overall:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Pros: Not quite Smithsonian-caliber quality but close. It’s a great natural history museum and after having traveled to several around the country, I was impressed.
Cons: The layout of some of the floors could be improved but otherwise nothing.

Tips:
Catch an IMAX film if you have time but the exhibits themselves are worth taking your time to peruse. Those who are interested in how mining/fracking works can explore an entire floor dedicated to the technology (4th floor). Our favorite exhibit was the special exhibition Biophilia which is right next door to the Ancient Egypt exhibit (which boasts several mummies and sarcophagi). Absolutely stunning. A trip just to see that exhibit alone is worth the entry fee. Don’t forget to check out the planetarium and the butterfly center! Skip the mechanical dinosaur. The ride is fairly short and the fee expensive.

Time of Year of Review:
Mid-March 2019 – Spring weather is lovely there! There were a few chilly days but nothing more than a fleece was required for the kids to stay warm.

Website:
https://www.hmns.org/

Hours:
9:00AM – 5:00PM Daily

Cost:

Adults $25.00
Child $16.00
Senior (62+) $16.00
2:00PM – 5:00PM Thursdays – all permanent exhibits Free
ASTC Members Free


Tickets are also included in the Houston CityPass.

Parking:
Garage parking for a fee or metered street parking.

Where is it?:

 

 

The picture below is of a prehistoric giant sloth. You read that right… a SLOTH.

And this puff ball of a skeleton is an armadillo type animal!

Historical accuracy is important. XD

 

 

This lovely pavillion is just steps away from the museum and is a nice added bonus to visit!

 

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