Hours and Pricing


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.

Regular Hours

Monday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Our Free Thursday program resumes June 4 – August 13. Free Thursday hours will be from 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. Only the permanent exhibit halls will be open for Free Thursday.

    • Special Exhibitions (those that require additional tickets)
      Monday- Sunday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
      PLEASE NOTE: Average museum visit takes 2 hours or more.
    • Giant Screen Theatre *TEMPORARILY CLOSED*
      Monday – Sunday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (last show at 4:00 p.m. – no late entry)
    • Planetarium *TEMPORARILY CLOSED*
      Monday – Sunday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (last show at 4:00 p.m. – no late entry)
    • Butterfly Center
      Monday – Sunday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Holiday Hours

Labor Day, September 5 – 7

Saturday – Monday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


View hours for HMNS at Sugar Land & the George Observatory.


Pricing:

Permanent Exhibits

  • Adult Ticket: $25 (ages 12 and up)
  • Child Ticket: $16 (ages 3–11)
  • Children ages 2 and under: FREE
  • College Students with ID: $16
  • Seniors (62+): $16
  • Military (with ID): $10
  • Groups (10+): $10
  • School Groups (Pre-K–12th Grade): $4 Must be booked through Field Trips
  • Members Pricing:
  • Member Adult: FREE
  • Member Child: FREE


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Special Exhibitions:

Death by Natural Causes (Ticket includes all permanent exhibit halls)

  • Adult Ticket: $30
  • Child Ticket: (3–11 yrs): $20
  • Seniors (62+): $20
  • College Students with ID: $20
  • Military (with ID): $17
  • Groups (10+): $17
  • Members: $12

Stonehenge (Ticket includes all permanent exhibit halls)

  • Adult Ticket: $30
  • Child Ticket: (3–11 yrs): $21
  • Seniors (62+): $21
  • College Students with ID: $21
  • Military (with ID): $17
  • Groups (10+): $17
  • Members: $12

Planetarium *TEMPORARILY CLOSED*

  • Adult Ticket: $9
  • Child Ticket: (3–11 yrs): $8
  • Seniors (62+): $8
  • College Students with ID: $8
  • Military (with ID): $6
  • Groups (10+): $6
  • School Groups (Pre-K-12th Grade): $3.50 Must be booked through Field Trips
  • Members: $4

Butterfly Center

  • Adult Ticket: $12
  • Child Ticket: $10
  • Seniors (62+): $10
  • College Students with ID: $10
  • Military (with ID): $8
  • Groups (10+): $8
  • School Groups (Pre-K–12th Grade): $4.50 Must be booked through Field Trips
  • Members: $6

Giant Screen Theatre *TEMPORARILY CLOSED*

  • Adult Ticket: $10
  • Child Ticket: $9
  • Seniors (62+): $9
  • College Students with ID: $9
  • Military (with ID): $7
  • Groups (10+): $7
  • School Groups (Pre-K–12th Grade): $5 Must be booked through Field Trips
  • Members: $5

Parking

  • Members ALL DAY: $10
  • Nonmembers ALL DAY: $20

Our advance sales phone line is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday.


Free Thursdays

Enjoy the museum on any budget. From June 4 – August 13, HMNS offers free museum hours on Thursdays from…

Please help us to preserve our collections for the next generation by not using flash when taking personal pictures at HMNS and at HMNS Sugar Land. Exposure to strong lights over time causes fading and deterioration of most artifacts and specimens.

Flash photography is ONLY allowed in the Grand Hall and the rainforest of the Cockrell Butterfly Center.

Selfie sticks are not allowed anywhere in HMNS, HMNS Sugar Land and the George Observatory.

For press and any commercial photo shoots, please contact the Public Relations dept.

Located Here
HMNS at Hermann Park

5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston,Texas 77030
(713) 639-4629


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The Houston Museum of Natural Science is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that receives no federal or state funding. Tax ID # 74-1036131.