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“So Much More Than A Museum”

The Houston Museum of Natural Science
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Ranked #1 of 305 things to do in Houston
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This outstanding science museum has a spectacular collection of mineral specimens, a dinosaur skeleton, space-station models, a planetarium, IMAX theater and a six-story butterfly center in which these beautiful creatures land delicately on outstretched arms.
Reviewed 9 December 2013

There is so much to see and study it can take you days to take it all in. The Egyptian displays were amazing and very detailed. We will always find time to visit again when returning to Houston.

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Reviewed 6 December 2013

Most natural science museums are kind of musty. This one is different. After extensive renovation, it is world class. There are dinosaurs, a unique 3-story butterfly habitat, a top line planetarium, one of the best mineral and shell collections anywhere, and tons of other neat stuff. And, it's only two blocks to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, which is a world-class contender in its own right. This is a must-see for residents and visitors alike.

2  Thank Edward C
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

The variety in the Museum of Natural Science is amazing. They also have new exhibits coming often. My children grew up going here and we all still go on occasion. It never gets old.

2  Thank Celeste L
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Reviewed 5 December 2013 via mobile

Awesome dinosaur bones in the paleontology hall. The gems in the vaults were a good eye opener as well.

1  Thank Kelvin A
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

More dinosaur bones and gems than just about any other natural museum. I was very impressed. The GIANT Ground Sloth bigger than any polar bear WOW. I am glad I live now and not back then. All of the bones were impressive and a very large collection make this worth the visit. At first I did not think much of the gem exhibition but after we started looking around it became very impressive. It is amazing what minerals pressure and time will make. What on the outside look like just rocks can be so wonderful inside.

We (2 teen age boys and a 50 year old) spent about 3 1/2 hours. We did not see any of the additional (pay) displays or movies. All had a very good time and really learned quite a bit. Could easily spend 5 hours if you buy the whole package.

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