Please note, the Cockrell Butterfly Center will be closed Saturday, February 23 until 1p.m.

HMNS at Hermann Park will be closed on Saturday March 2, 2019.

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Fabergé: Royal Gifts

Please note, this exhibit will be closed for renovations from March 24–April 11, 2019. The McFerrin Fabergé Collection is now…

Hall of Ancient Egypt

Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing its lifeblood from the river Nile, ancient Egyptian civilization flourished for more…

Morian Hall of Paleontology

The Morian Hall of Paleontology is packed with prehistoric beasts, and does not have the same stagnant displays of ancient…


Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. Hall

Houston businessman Alfred Glassell, Jr. was a well-known philanthropist, but many never knew of his devotion to large species of…

Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals

From a huge blue topaz crystal weighing more than 2,000 carats to a crystallized gold cluster that is one of…

Wiess Energy Hall

Dubbed Wiess Energy Hall 3.0, the third iteration of this popular hall has been enlarged from its previous 8,500 square…


Herzstein Foucault Pendulum

First exhibited in 1851 at the World’s Fair in Paris, the Foucault Pendulum (named after Jean Bernard Leon Foucault, the…

Cabinet of Curiosities

Museums exist to inspire people to wonder and to facilitate creative thought. Given our curious natures and our innate desire…

Lester & Sue Smith Gem Vault

The Lester and Sue Smith Gem Vault, the permanent exhibit hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, completes the…


John P. McGovern Hall of The Americas

The John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas celebrates the remarkable diversity and extraordinary accomplishments of the indigenous peoples of…

Frensley/Graham Hall of African Wildlife

Unlike the traditional “menagerie” approach, this hall focuses on well-integrated themes of African wildlife ecology and conservation. Additionally, state-of-the-art interactives…

Welch Hall of Chemistry

HMNS’ revamped Welch Hall of Chemistry explores the natural sciences through the lens of chemistry. Our goal was to create…


Earth Forum

The Earth Forum is an engaging arrangement of 11 interrelated work stations. Each work station contains two computers, a globe…

Hamman Hall Of Texas Coastal Ecology

The Texas coast is a natural treasure to many Texans, but few know about its ecologic and economic importance. The…

Vintage Texas Wildlife Dioramas

The new dioramas in the Education Wing have been a regular part of the museum for several decades. When their…


Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife

The Houston Museum of Natural Science has had Texas Wildlife diorama displays since the early days when the museum was…

Strake Hall of Malacology

Malacology is the study of mollusks - invertebrate creatures with soft, unsegmented bodies, many of which house themselves in shells.…

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