Please note that garage elevators at HMNS Hermann Park are out of order.

Parking spots for those with accessibility needs are reserved on the first level of the garage. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

The Wortham Giant Screen Theatre is closed for maintenance.

The Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals will be closed for maintenance on the 27th and 28th.

George Observatory

The George Observatory is now open for Saturday stargazing.
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Get back to exploring the galaxy! The Houston Museum of Natural Science is investing in the educational and recreational future of Fort Bend County with a revamped experience at the historic George Observatory, working in collaboration with our friends at Brazos Bend State Park.

The George Observatory has reopened after nearly two years undergoing an extreme makeover. First opened in the fall of 1989, the observatory was closed for long-awaited renovations since 2019. And now Saturday night stargazing is back! Join us on deck for real time camera feeds from the telescopes, expert interactions with astronomers and a laser tour of the night sky. Bring your own telescope or binoculars for personal viewing, with experts on hand to guide.

Due to social distancing requirements, tickets are offered on a timed and limited capacity basis.  Advance ticket purchase is required via our online box office.  There is no access inside the domes or viewing through telescopes. Your ticket to this event is a timed entry admission, and a paper or electronic receipt is required for entry. Tickets will not be available for purchase onsite. Tickets can be purchased via our online box office.

In the event of overcast skies, we will feature previously captured images on the monitors. Visiting the exhibit area, and tours and talks by our experts will still be available. Visit Brazos Bend State Park’s website to purchase separate park entrance reservation.

*Note: Face masks are required for anyone 10 years old and older. You can find all of the measures that we are implementing on our Health page.

Located Here
George Observatory

21901 FM 762 Rd.
Needville, Texas 77461
(281) 242-3055

Tuesday - Saturday By Reservation
Saturdays 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Saturdays (DST) 6:00PM - 11:00PM
DST = Daylight Savings Time.
Please call for holiday hours. Entry to Brazos Bend State Park ends at 9:30 p.m. daily
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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.