Summer Camp Parking

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Summer can be 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 programs. Parents are welcome to park in the Museum Garage. Also, Summer Camp patrons who are members can purchase the Summer Camp Drop-Off and Pick-Up curbside service. For $50 a week ($40 the week of May 28 – 31, and June 17-18 and 20-21) we offer curbside drop-off and pick-up service for summer campers. 

Please note:

  • The Drop-Off Pick-Up service has a limited number of member spots per week
  • Not available the weeks of June 10-14, July 1-3, or July 22-26
  • Not available at the Sugar Land Museum
Summer Camper Drop-Off/Pick-Up Curbside Carpool ServiceĀ 

Summer Camp at HMNS will operate a camper drop-off and pick-up line during the weeks summer camp is in session. This service will be limited to members of the museum. We will offer a limited number of “Summer Camp at HMNS Carpool Passes” per week when summer camp is in session. The service will be available to purchase online [Insert link to purchase drop-off pick-up carpool service]

Summer Camp at HMNS patrons utilizing the drop-off and pick-up service will need to display the SUMMER CAMP AT HMNS CARPOOL PASS on their dash. The drop-off pick-up carpool line will begin on Hermann Drive at the corner of Caroline and Hermann Drive and continue on Hermann Drive to the end of the “Loading Zone”.

  • Available to members of the museum exclusively
  • $50 per week ($40 the weeks of May 28-31 and June 17-18 and 20-21) for a Summer Camp at HMNS Staff member to escort your camper to and from the camp classrooms and to ensure authorized pick-up and signature.
  • Limited number of passes per week
  • Summer Camp will operate the carpool drop-off and pick-up line curbside in the bus loading zone along Hermann Park Drive.
    • The Drop-Off morning service will operate from 9:00-9:45 AM, Tuesday-Friday. NO CARPOOL DROP-OFF SERVICE ON MONDAY MORNINGS*(*or the first day of the week)
    • The Pick-Up afternoon service will operate from 3:30-4:15 PM, Monday-Friday.
  • Camper drop-off service not available on Monday mornings (or the first day of the week). Please utilize the museum garage or alternate parking, and escort your camper inside the museum to complete summer camp pick-up authorizations, order lunch, and orient yourself and your child to the camp layout.
  • Camp patrons can purchase the service in advance online at
  • Limited quantities might be available on site the week of camp if not sold out online
    Camp patrons must be authorized to pick up designated camper, and all the names of campers to be picked up must be provided to the program coordinator at the time of purchase. Any changes to camper pickup must be communicated to the program coordinator no later than 1pm the day of service.
  • Patrons using the service must display “Summer Camp at HMNS Carpool Pass” on their dash.
Parking in the Museum Garage

A Summer Camp or Summer Scouts patrons utilizing the museum garage will need to display the SUMMER CAMP PARKING PASS on their dash. The SUMMER CAMP PARKING PASS will be emailed to all registered patrons prior to your scheduled week of camp or scouts. The SUMMER CAMP PARKING PASS will also be available in the Education or Scout Office in the museum. The SUMMER CAMP PARKING PASS will provide FREE exit from the museum garage. 

Alternate Parking

Additional Free parking options include:

  • Free 3-hour parking lot directly off the Circle, by the statue of Sam Houston (Lot A)
  • Free 3-hour parking lot in the McGovern Centennial Gardens (Lot C)
  • Free 3-hour parking lot near Miller Outdoor Theatre (Lot D)
  • Free-daily parking near the Zoo (Lots E, F, G, and H)

Additional Paid Parking Options (At your own cost):

  • Metered parking on the streets around the Museum District
  • Museum Medical Tower
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Children’s Museum, Houston
  • Holocaust Museum, Houston

Area Parking Map
[Please see pages 42-43 of the 2023 Summer Programming Catalog PDF for map]

  • A – Sam Houston Statue Circle Parking Lot
    • Free 3-hour parking available
  • B – HMNS Garage
    • Free parking with provided hangtag
  • C – McGovern Centennial Gardens Parking Lot
    • Free 3-hour parking available
  • D – Miller Outdoor Theatre-Concert Drive
    • Free 3-hour parking available
  • E, F, G, H – Houston Zoo Parking Lots
    • Free 3-hour parking available