2009 marked the Museum’s 100th year in the Houston community
The 162,000 square-foot Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most-visited Museums in the nation, after the Smithsonian Institution complex and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the second most-visited attraction in Houston, just behind the Houston Astros.
With 18 temporary and permanent exhibit halls, the Burke Baker Planetarium and the Wortham IMAX Theatre, the Museum strives to be a place for people of all ages and backgrounds, providing access to objects and destinations that many could only dream of seeing or visiting. You can travel the world without leaving Houston.
The Museum strives to create permanent collections that can be considered “world-class,” as evidenced by its Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals and the Wiess Energy Hall.
Popular with families, Museum memberships exceed 45,000.
Each year over 500,000 children visit the Museum, creating an increasing demand for additional classrooms and space.
Every fourth-grader—and as many seventh-graders as the Museum can accommodate—from the Houston Independent School District visits the Museum annually for a classroom session and exhibit hall tour. Currently, the Museum is working to add a program for second-graders.
The Museum’s last capital campaign was in 1994.
The HMNS@100: Building for a Second Century of Science Capital Campaign has 100% financial participation from the Board and staff.