Houston Museum of Natural Science Tours

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Located in Hermann Park, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is dedicated to providing interesting and educational science exhibits and experiences. Visitors can find four floors of science halls and exhibits in the main building, as well as a planetarium, butterfly center and big screen theater. You could easily spend hours perusing all the institution has to offer.

With so much to explore, where do you begin? The permanent exhibits are included in your general admission ticket and host some worthwhile attractions. For example, the Paleontology exhibit is a common favorite, as it showcases a unique display of predators in action, creating an illusion that the skeletal displays are alive. A progressive timeline layout showcasing over 50 dinosaurs and a section on human evolution also keeps things interesting.

The Gems & Minerals exhibit is another favorite. Featuring over 450 crystallized minerals and rare stones, you’ll find gems you didn’t even know existed. Make sure to catch a glimpse of the enormous blue topaz crystal weighing more than 2,000 carats. This exhibit is best viewed with a visit to the onsite Gem Vault, which has been compared to London’s Crown Jewels. Other permanent exhibits include Hall of Ancient Egypt, Energy Hall, The Americas, African Wildlife, Chemistry, Earth Forum, Malacology and Texas Wildlife. Before leaving, take a stroll through the Cockrell Butterfly Center and immerse yourself in a live butterfly habitat. Additionally, the Houston Museum of Natural Science hosts a variety of special exhibits that change throughout the year.

Weekends and weekday mornings can get crowded, so you may want to opt to visit later in the day or call the museum (713-639-4629) to inquire about crowd levels.

Hours for the exhibitions are Monday through Sunday, 9am to 5pm. Admission for permanent exhibits is $15 for adults, $10 for children, college students, military and seniors 62 and over, $7 for groups of 20 or more, $3.50 for school groups, and free for members. Admission to the permanent exhibits is free from 2pm to 5pm on Thursdays. Special exhibit prices vary.
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Address: 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030, USA
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Hours: Mon-Sun 9am - 5pm, Free Thursdays 2pm - 5pm
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Admission: Adult $15, Child $10, Student/Senior $10
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The Cockrell Butterfly Center Admission in Houston

When visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science, take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of the butterflies and insects at the Cockrell Butterfly Center and Brown Hall of Entomology. The entrance ticket admits you to both exhibits where you can see both live and preserved specimens, and learn about them with interactive games and displays. Explore a rain forest environment with a 3-floor butterfly habitat, get a close look at a range of insects, and visit a play area for kids.
  • Duration: 20 to 60 minutes
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$8.00 USD
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  • Duration: 20 to 60 minutes
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Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission

Visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science to see the largest dinosaur hall in North America, check out the extensive collection of rare gems, and stop into your choice of permanent exhibits.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Death by Natural Causes Exhibit

Tack the “Death by Natural Causes” exhibit on to your Houston Museum of Science itinerary. Buying online saves you the hassle of ticket lines at the museum, which allows you to head straight in and start exploring. Visitors learn potentially surprising facts about the dangers of the natural world, from glow–in–the–dark radium ink to lethal mushrooms.
  • Duration: 1 to 4 hours
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$20.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 to 4 hours
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Houston CityPASS

Maximize your time in the spectacular city of Houston with an indispensable Houston CityPASS. Your city pass includes free admission to five of the city’s premier attractions, including the Downtown Aquarium, the Space Center Houston and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Enjoy free entry to two additional attractions of your choice and choose from a variety including the Museum of Fine Arts, home to more than 60,000 artworks, or the Houston Zoo; Kemah Boardwalk All-Day Ride Pass or the Children's Museum of Houston.
  • Duration: 9 days
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  • Duration: 9 days
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Tanger Outlets Shopping and Houston City Sightseeing Tour

Experience Houston's top attractions and shopping deals with this combination sightseeing and outlet excursion. Start your day with a 90-minute tour of local landmarks from the comfort of a double-decker bus, taking in such sites as the Houston Zoo, the Museum District and Minute Maid Park, home ballpark for the Houston Astros. Afterward, board a deluxe coach and enjoy round-trip transport to Tanger Outlets. Here, spend the afternoon scoring major discounts at more than 200 outlet stores, including Kate Spade New York, Coach and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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