Online Visitor Guide
Mask Policy Update
We want to thank you for your patronage and support in these challenging times.
HMNS patrons who are fully vaccinated can visit the museum without wearing a face covering or mask.
Unvaccinated and vaccinated patrons who prefer to wear a mask when visiting the museum are encouraged to do so.
Social distancing also continues to be encouraged.
At this time, all HMNS staff members and volunteers are required to wear masks.
Museums are essential to our culture, and we remain committed to our mission of providing a world-class museum experience for our neighbors in the greater Houston community and beyond.
For more information please visit our Health & Safety page.
Houston’s Largest Science Museum
When you visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science, you’re not just going to one place. You’re exploring tropical rainforests and worlds galaxies away. You’re going back in time to when dinosaurs walked the Earth and blasting forward to the future of renewable energy. With five floors of permanent halls and a steady rotation of traveling special exhibits, this Houston attraction will take you beyond our walls to experience the wonder and delight of science. Browse our resources below for information on making the most out of your visit to this must-see location in Houston.
Best Times to Visit
We think every day is a great day to visit the museum, but if you enjoy a particularly peaceful museum visit, please take note of our peak times. The museum can be quite crowded on weekends, especially during the holiday season. Every year, nearly half a million students attend field trips at the museum, which typically take place on weekday mornings. You can call 713-639-4629 to inquire about expected crowds during your intended visit. Our advance sales phone line is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
Science is for everyone! That’s why we have a team devoted to making accessibility at the museum a priority. Download our Access HMNS app or contact us at email@example.com for help planning your trip.
We provide handicapped access to all of our venues for our guests with disabilities. Visit the Museum Services desk for help with accommodations. Wheelchairs are available on request, subject to availability.
HMNS welcomes service animals that are trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability unless the animal poses a direct threat, is not housebroken or is not under control. Emotional support/comfort/therapy animals and pets are not permitted anywhere in the building. Service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls. Service animal relief areas are located outdoors on any of the grassy areas surrounding the Museum.
Museum tickets for our permanent exhibit halls and every venue are available online or at our box office when you visit.
Save on museum tickets with a membership! Members receive free admission to the permanent exhibit halls all year long along discounts to all of our special exhibits, giant screen theatre, planetarium, butterfly center and more. See how you can save by becoming a member today.