The Houston Museum of Natural Science has been preparing to re-open since the day we closed, March 17. Our staff, volunteers and visitors are what make the museum the extraordinary place it is, and their well-being has been the central focus of that planning from the very beginning.
That same day we created a Road to Reopening Task Force, comprised of our senior staff, who in the ensuing weeks developed a comprehensive plan, guided by the recommendations of state, city, and county public health officials, to gradually welcome back staff, and visitors, albeit at greatly reduced capacity.
Using the guidelines recommended by national, state and local agencies/authorities, we reopened on May 15. We will carefully and continually monitor the efficacy of these guidelines in real time and make further adjustments as needed.
Find the measures we are implementing on our Health & Safety page.
Museums are essential to our culture and we are committed to continuing to serve our mission of providing a world class museum experience for the Houston community. The Museum will continue to expand digital engagement opportunities for those who may not yet feel comfortable returning. At the same time, our staff will continue working non-stop to develop additional protocols and provide additional support and supplies as needed for those who do.
While we don’t know when the rest of the world will re-open, in the meantime rest assured that you can come here… and go anywhere.
For more information please visit our Health & Safety page.
Our Free Thursday program is temporarily canceled.
Houston’s Largest Science Museum
When you visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science, you’re not just going to one place. You’re exploring tropical rainforests and worlds galaxies away. You’re going back in time to when dinosaurs walked the Earth and blasting forward to the future of renewable energy. With five floors of permanent halls and a steady rotation of traveling special exhibits, this Houston attraction will take you beyond our walls to experience the wonder and delight of science. Browse our resources below for information on making the most out of your visit to this must-see location in Houston.
Best Times to Visit
We think every day is a great day to visit the museum, but if you enjoy a particularly peaceful museum visit, please take note of our peak times. The museum can be quite crowded on weekends, especially during the holiday season. Every year, nearly half a million students attend field trips at the museum, which typically take place on weekday mornings. You can call 713-639-4629 to inquire about expected crowds during your intended visit. Our advance sales phone line is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
Science is for everyone! That’s why we have a team devoted to making accessibility at the museum a priority. Download our Access HMNS app or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for help planning your trip.
We provide handicapped access to all of our venues for our guests with disabilities. Visit the Museum Services desk for help with accommodations. Wheelchairs are available on request, subject to availability.
Museum tickets for our permanent exhibit halls and every venue are available online or at our box office when you visit.
Save on museum tickets with a membership! Members receive free admission to the permanent exhibit halls all year long along discounts to all of our special exhibits, giant screen theatre, planetarium, butterfly center and more. See how you can save by becoming a member today.