Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Dr Houston

A Taste of Downtown Houston History/Houston Museum of Natural Science
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Houston Museum of Natural Science

Located in Houston's Museum District at the edge of Hermann Park, the Museum of Natural Science offers an entire day of fun and discovery for the entire family. The HMNS offers four floors of exhibit halls. Visitors often note that each space appears to seamlessly flow into the next exciting theme. The HMNS offers many special exhibits. For example, The Burke Baker Planetarium offers a variety of full-dome shows such as a journey into a black hole or a glimpse at what it's like traveling around the universe. The Wortham Giant Screen Theatre offers 3D shows projected onto a massive screen. In the Cockrell Butterfly Center, guests can enjoy a walk through a tropical butterfly garden where thousands of butterflies float around your head.

However, the museum's standout attraction is the beautifully crafted Morian Hall of Paleontology. Opened in 2012, it's one of the largest paleontology exhibits in the United States. With over 60 major dinosaur skeletons, its the pride of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Be sure to come face-to-face with Lane, the most intact Triceratops skeleton that was ever discovered. Those on a budget can take advantage of visiting on Thursdays when, from 6 p.m. until closing time, the permanent exhibits can be explored at no cost, and the special exhibits are offered at a discounted rate. Cover image via Wikimedia Commons by Agsftw (CC BY 3.0).

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