The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a private, non-profit institution chartered by the State of Texas. The Museum collects, preserves, studies, and interprets objects in its collections in pursuit of education, exhibition, research and publication programs. The Museum is committed to maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to preventing loss and/or damage to its holdings through mismanagement, deterioration, or irresponsible disposal.
The scope of the Museum’s collections includes anthropology, mineralogy, paleontology, zoology, and botany, with emphasis on specimens from Texas, the Gulf Coast region and North America. However, the collection also has many specimens worldwide in scope. Collections are arranged systematically, and contain, whenever possible, thorough records of geographic regions or ecology. The various collections are used for research, exhibits, and educational programs.