The Cockrell Butterfly Center is closed for renovations.


Parking for Summer Scouts

Summer is always a busy time at the Houston Museum of Natural Science! Please allow yourself some extra time when bringing your child to, and collecting your child from, our Summer Scouts Classes. As always, Summer Scouts patrons are able to park in any spot in the museum garage. You may exit the HMNS garage with a Summer Scouts parking coupon which needs to be presented to the attendant upon exiting the garage. These coupons are available for pick up in your child’s classroom. Scout drop-off begins at 9:50, and Summer Scouts classes begin at 10:00. Scout pick-up begins at 3:00 with a 25 minute grace period to address parking. Any scout not picked up by 3:30 will be escorted to After Class on the Lower Level of the museum. Rest assured, we will keep your scout safe until you arrive!


For scouts who are Scouts BSA or Cadettes, permission may be given to allow themselves to sign in and out of class. Scouts will be released at 3:00 and escorted up to the entrance, near the Butterfly Center on Hermann Park Drive. Parents will pick up their child from this location only and will not be able to park in this loading area. All scouts who have not been picked up by 3:45, will be escorted back to After Class on the lower level of the museum, and a parent will have to come in and sign them out of class. A parent must be present on the first morning of class in the classroom to give permission for their scout to check themselves in and out.

After Class Self-Checkout

Due to poor phone reception on the lower level of the museum, parents will need to call the scout office at 713-639-4631, before their child can be released from After Class. Please have a designated location for picking up your scout that you have discussed with them beforehand.

Alternate Parking

View an Area Parking Map

Additional free parking options include:

  • Free 3-hour parking lot in the new Garden Center (Lot C)
  • Metered parking on the streets around the Museum District
  • Free 3-hour parking lot directly off the Circle, by the statue of Sam Houston (Lot A)
  • Free-daily parking near the Zoo (Lots D, E, F, G, and H)

Additional paid parking options:

  • Metered parking around the Museum District Museum Medical Tower
  • MFAH
  • Children’s Museum
  • Holocaust Museum parking lot
  • The MetroRail – The “Museum District”stop is only 3 blocks from HMNS

HMNS at Hermann Park

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

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HMNS at Sugar Land

13016 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
(281) 313-2277

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George Observatory

21901 FM 762 Rd.
Needville, Texas 77461
(979) 553-3400

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