The Houston Museum of Natural Science

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The Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX

The Houston Museum of Natural Science holds a prominent status in the city and is one of its largest and oldest museums, established in 1909 with a mission to educate the public about science.

The museum encompasses five exhibit floors, showcasing a diverse range of subjects, including space, Native American culture, astronomy, paleontology, Texas wildlife, and geology. They frequently introduce new temporary exhibits, ensuring fresh experiences with each visit.

While the Cockrell Butterfly Center is also within the museum's premises, it's advisable to explore both separately due to the extensive offerings in the main museum.

A highlight of the museum is the George Observatory, featuring a captivating laser constellation tour, dome telescopes, and live camera feeds for stargazing enthusiasts.

Admission is reasonably priced at $10.00, considering the abundance of artifacts and exhibits available.

Visitors can enjoy dining options on-site, including a bistro-style restaurant serving sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items, as well as a grill eatery offering burgers, hot dogs, and fries.

It's worth noting that the museum is a popular destination for school trips, so planning your visit during quieter times might be preferable to avoid the bustling crowds of enthusiastic children.

Property Amenities

  • Good For Kids
  • Offers Military Discount
  • Gender-Neutral Restrooms
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Adequate Parking Facilities
  • Trained Staff
  • Good for Groups
  • Private event spaces
  • Large group friendly
  • Event Lawn
  • Group Events
  • Events and Programs
  • Social interactions
  • Amusement & Theme Park
  • Training & Lessons
  • Family Reunions
  • Membership
  • Accessibility
  • Cafeteria and Gift Shop
  • Collections
  • Accessibility
  • IMAX Theater
  • Exhibitions
  • Planetarium
  • Mineralogy
  • Exotic live insects
  • Wortham Giant Screen Theatre
  • Cockrell Butterfly Center
  • Gems and minerals
  • Seashells
  • Texas wildlife
  • Native Americans
  • Rent the Museum
  • Scouts
  • Birthdays & Parties

Category / Type

  • Indoor
  • Family-friendly
  • Photography and Art
  • Educational Activities
  • Party
  • Event Planners
  • Food & Drink
  • Art/Mural
  • Nature Trail
  • Education Center
  • Museum
  • Natural Science

Ticket and Passes

  • Online Ticket
  • Mobile Ticket
  • Membership Options

Modes of Payment

  • Cash
  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Contactless Payments

Rules / Policies

Masks Required
Staff Wears Masks
Not allowed
Age Restriction
Open to All
Own Container allowed
Free Cancellation
Reserve Now & Pay Later
Covid-19 Precautions
Group Size
A group size of at least ten individuals.


Is photography allowed in the museum?

Photography and videography are allowed in the museum.

Can I change my reservation?

Modifying a reservation by adding or removing venues necessitates a four-day advance notice, subject to availability. Once tickets have been printed, alterations to the reservation are not permitted.

Can we see special/traveling exhibitions?

Certainly! Explore Special Attractions for the latest information on current exhibitions and displays.

Do you offer wedding packages?

Certainly! The Special Events department tailors every wedding to meet your specific requirements and preferences.

Do you have wheelchairs?

At HMNS in Hermann Park, you can request manual wheelchairs for borrowing. These wheelchairs are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. To obtain one, simply visit the Museum Services desk and exchange it for a photo ID.

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  • Lily Michelle

    The museum offers a diverse range of exhibits, including the King Tut display, which features a replica of the sarcophagus. The butterfly room is a must-visit. The museum restaurant serves surprisingly good food. Remember to pay for parking before leaving the garage. The staff is friendly and helpful. Wear comfortable shoes for extended exploration.

  • Olivia

    Our visit to the Museum was truly enjoyable! I highly recommend using the Houston City Pass, which can be redeemed at the box office window for added convenience. During our visit, which lasted about three hours, we had the opportunity to catch an IMAX movie without any additional charges, although we were pressed for time. We found convenient free parking in one of the nearby lots, and the short 5-minute walk by a charming water plaza added to the experience.

    The museum lived up to our expectations, featuring all the fascinating exhibits one would anticipate. It’s an excellent destination for a day of learning and exploration!

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Contact Information

PJC6+R5 Houston Museum District, Houston, TX, USA

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Operating Hours

Business Hour

  • Monday
    09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday
    09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday
    09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Thursday
    09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Friday
    09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Saturday
    09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Sunday
    09:00 am - 05:00 pm