1. What can we see?

Lots! Dinosaurs, butterflies and much, much more.

Permanent Exhibits9 am - 5 pm Continuous admission$3.50 per person
Cockrell Butterfly Center9 am - 5 pm Groups admitted every 15 min.$3.50 per person
Wortham Giant Screen Theatre10 am - 1 pm$5 per person
Burke Baker Planetarium9:30 am - 2:30 pm$3.50 per person
Expedition CenterFull or Half DayVaries
George Observatory at Brazos Bend State Park9 am - 3 pm$120 per class
Expedition Center at the George ObservatoryFull or Half DayVaries

2. How do we schedule a field trip?

Please review our Scheduling Specifics page.

3. Who can visit?

To qualify as a school group, you must belong to an educational organization (K – 12), make advance reservations, and visit the Museum Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Groups must have at least one adult chaperone for every 10 students.

4. Do Home School groups qualify for Field Trip ticket rates?

The Museum is able to extend field trip rates to home school groups of at least 10 students, which book their trips in advance and visit the Museum Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Trips after 5 p.m. or on weekends do not qualify for field trip rates. Home school field trips taken after 5 p.m. or on weekends will pay regular admission prices.

Groups of fewer than 10 students may still book a field trip; however, they will be charged for 10 students plus any chaperones. Our representatives are available to help determine the most cost-efficient method for your group to visit the Museum. Regular admission tickets may be purchased at the box office at any time.

For an established field trip, the person who booked the trip should call (713) 639-4659 at any time prior to the day of arrival to add or subtract people from the reservation. Groups that fall below 10 students will be charged for 10 students plus any chaperones. Adding or removing venues from a reservation requires 24 hours notice.

When a field trip arrives at the Museum it is met by our greeter. On the day of the trip, after the tickets have been printed, nothing on the reservation may be changed. Like all field trips, home school field trips must be paid for in one transaction. All students and chaperones on the reservation should give their payment to one person who will present the money at the box office.

5. What about TEKS?

The Museum offers customized TEKS-based curriculum to accompany your field trip. The Youth Education Sales Department can provide teachers with these free units designed to make the field trip experience educationally sound and fun. These include each of our permanent and special exhibits. The curriculum consists of TEKS objectives, vocabulary, a Knowledge Hunt, and Extension Activities for grades K – 8. High school curriculum is available, with two weeks notice, upon request.

6. Can we see special/traveling exhibitions?

Absolutely! Visit our Exhibitions page for more information on what is currently on display.

7. Are docents available?

Yes. Specially-trained docents are available to lead tours of the Museum's permanent exhibit halls and deliver hands-on presentations with touch carts located in the exhibit halls. Docent-led tours available for schools and groups may be booked through the Box Office. Tours are approximately 30 - 45 minutes long.

Cost: $10 per docent, one docent for every 10 people, including chaperones
Time: 10 am - Noon

8. Does the Museum offer programs for younger children?

The Museum's Early Investigations Program is geared especially for 5 - 7 year-olds. This program combines a 45-minute, hands-on classroom program with a 45-minute tour of a Museum exhibit hall. Eight topics are available: Texas Wildlife, Paleontology, Under the Sea, Native North Americans, Native Latin Americans, Africa, Egypt and the Insect Zoo.

Cost: $5, includes either permanent exhibit halls OR Butterfly Center admission
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
When: Tuesday-Thursday, October-May (excluding December)
Maximum: 50 students plus chaperones
Minimum: 10 students plus chaperones

9. Are there any hands-on programs for students?

Bringing a group to HMNS or HMNS Sugar Land? Explore science, nature and history in our interactive science labs which feature specimens, artifacts and laboratory equipment.

Each lab lasts one hour and accommodates up to 25 students. Labs cost range between $165 per lab and $200 (for Dissection Lab*) and include admission to the Museum's Permanent Exhibit Halls.

If your group is interested in scheduling a lab please look at this page or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

10. Have a question this FAQ doesn't answer?

Contact us at 713-639-4659

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