Houston Museum of Natural Science

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Travel Back in Time & Around the World

Explore a world of wonder—spanning culture, history, space, wildlife, and the sciences at HMNS.
Prehistoric beasts tower above you and glistening gems dazzle around you. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is more than a tourist attraction. It’s where curious kids feel the excitement of new discoveries, and adults never stop learning. It’s educational programs, world-class exhibits and family activities and events that engage the Houston community in science education.

Hours & Admission

Summer Hours are from May 30 to August 11. Our advance sales phone line (713) 639-4629 is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Summer Hours
Monday – Sunday
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Last Entry 5:30 p.m.
Free Tuesdays
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Last Entry 7:30 p.m.
General Admission
Includes All Permanent Exhibits
Adults & Children
Age 12+
Age 3 – 11
Age Under 2
Best Time to Visit
We think every day is a great day to visit the museum, but if you enjoy a particularly peaceful museum visit, the best time to visit is right when the museum opens during the week, especially on Mondays. If you have questions about how busy the museum is, call (713) 639-4629 to speak with a Visitor Services Department representative.
Where Should I Start?
With four floors to explore, the average museum visit takes 2+ hours. Stop by our concierge desk for personalized recommendations on what to see in our halls!
Online Visitor Guide
Our goal is to make the Houston Museum of Natural Science accessible to all visitors. Before coming to the museum, download and review our tips, guides, planners, and other resources to make your visit to HMNS more enjoyable for you and the whole family.

Dining Options

With a focus on sustainability, we have a range of cuisine made from local ingredients.

Group Experiences

We offer discounted admission for groups of 10+

Host an Event

From birthday parties to weddings—HMNS can host your next unforgettable event.

Museum Accessibility

Our goal is to make HMNS accessible to all visitors.

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