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Best Houston Museums: Museum of Natural Science

The who, what, where, when and how of the Houston Museum of Natural Science


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Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston Museum of Natural Science at a Glance

Established in 1909, the Houston Museum of Natural Science receives over 2 million visitors each year. The facility is houses four floors of natural science halls and exhibits.


5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77030




On-site, 6-story garage parking available as well as free curbside parking near the museum entrance and at Hermann Park. Garage parking fees:

Members: $5
Non-Members: $10

Museum Hours

Normal hours of operation for permanent exhibits:

Monday & Wednesday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last entry at 4 p.m.)

Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. (last entry at 7 p.m.)

See here for a detailed listing of seasonal and special exhibit hours.


Adults (12+) $15
Children (3-11) $10
Seniors (62+) $10
College Student $10
Groups (20+) $7


Tuesdays after 2 p.m.

About the Museum of Natural Science

Located across from the idyllic Hermann Park and Miller Outdoor Theater, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the nation's most highly visited museums. Visitors can explore outer space, meet face-to-face with the world's oldest creatures, and discover the world's rarest minerals. Exhibits include:

Hall of Paleontology: over 450 fossils and fossil replicas

Wiess Energy Hall: view the entire process of energy developmet via computer graphics, touch screens and virtual reality.

Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals: witness the world's finest collection of gems and minerals as well as a vault of custom-made jewelry.

Cockrell Butterfly Center: simulated tropical rainforest filled with exotic flowers, a 50-ft waterfall and live butterflies.

IMAX: 3D movie theater featuring educational films

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