Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston

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Explore the far reaches of outer space, roam with the dinosaurs, wander through Africa's Serengeti, and marvel at the world's rarest and most beautiful minerals. Discover all this and much more at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, one of the nation's most heavily attended museums.
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  • August 13, 2017
    It is very interesting both for adults and for children. Gallery of replica dinosaur is impressive. There are areas devoted to the Mayans, the Aztecs, exhibition of unique pieces. In the basement there is an area of experiments for children (and the not so young). Spacious, comfortable, free WiFi. There are other activities that are paid separately (e.g. the Planetarium). I highly recommend it.
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  • August 13, 2017
    I've been here a few times over the last 11 year but apparently a lot has changed because the exhibits were fantastic! The dinosaur wing, for starters, was on par with other big cities such as Washing...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    I went with my senior citizen mother, 50 something sister and 24 year old nephew. I wanted to see the Faberge exhibit, my nephew liked the gem exhibit. My mom enjoyed the Egypt and midAmerica exhibits...  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    This is an example of a place, so great that you need more than one day to explore everything. I learnt a lot of new information in this museum, all from the dinosaur fossils to the preserved animals from Africa. This museum leaves a great impression to me. The atmosphere was amazing and help is easy to get. The only flaw is that the food services are somewhat lacking, albeit I am sure this can be compensated by visitors very well.
  • June 25, 2017
    While the exhibits are cool & the educational value is great, parking is a nightmare. PARKING GARAGE IS NOT RECOMMENDED. #1. $20 for non-members to park there is ridiculous; #2. Maneuvering around is nearly impossible, especially for larger vehilces; & #3. Exiting - good luck if any other cars are coming in to park. We had to drive all the way to to the top floor just to be able to turn around. Then we were able to backtrack slowly & carefully weaving our way out. The whole parking fiasco makes me not want to go back which is a shame because the museum itself has some great features.
  • July 1, 2017
    The big draw here, for me at least, were the dinosaur fossils and it was amazing! They have 3 full T-Rex's, and the world's most complete triceratops. I also added the butterfly enclosure to my ticket at it was very good as well. I wish I had time for a planetarium show.
  • July 9, 2017
    Always a great visit. There's a lot to do during the summer months, too. Right now, there is a virtual reality flying "ride" that I would have loved to try, but we were getting ready to go and there was a line, so I'll just have to come back soon! There was also a dinosaur ride that kids could get on one by one. Bigger than the old grocery store rides, but nothing gigantic. Think mechanical bull ride for kids, but it was a raptor! (I think, haha) The staff is always friendly and helpful, and there's so much to see there, that this trip (our fourth) was the one where we finally finished seeing all the permanent exhibits. I wouldn't say that we really perused everything in-depth, either. We still haven't seen the butterfly garden or the planetarium, too. We bought memberships, so those are very cheap to see, but we did all the free exhibits included in the membership first.
  • June 21, 2017
    Amazing! First visit with our little family. Our kids enjoyed the permanent exhibits, butterfly center, planetarium and an amazon film in their giant theatre. Recommend if visiting with little ones, plan out your day. Arrive a few minutes before opening for great parking right next to the entry doors. Schedule any shows or exhibits to walk for a bit and then sit in on a show. Include snack time outside or indoors at McDonald's hall seating. Finish by lunchtime unless looking through any special exhibits. Side note: our family recommends the Houston City Pass. We drove by and visited NASA (not the best with younger kids. Just too hot and uninteresting) after lunch. Then hit the Kihma boardwalk in the evening for fun fun rides. Just visiting two of five Houston spots pays for the pass value.

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