Have a Holly Jolly HMNS

Celebrate the Season

It’s that time of year again. Bustling city streets, family time and cooler temperatures and of course lots of shopping make the holiday season a busy time of year. This time of year looks different for every family. The wide breadth of celebrations, holidays and traditions offer untold opportunities to learn more about the world and the people around us. Your Yuletide traditions don’t have to stop at home; some of our favorite traditions are right here. Our halls are decked with gigantic trees, our seasonal exhibit Trains Over Texas is chugging along and the butterflies are fluttering with excitement at White Christmas. The only thing missing is you. From our family to yours, stay curious and enjoy the season.

Holiday Events for the Whole Family

There’s something special going on just for members every weekend in December. Not a member? Join the HMNS Membership family today!

Nutcracker Celebration

December 5, 2 – 4 p.m.

Showings: 2:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

An enchanted screening of the holiday classic, in collaboration with the Houston Ballet, the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre will be screening The Nutcracker: Larger than Ever. Leave the opera glasses at home, and dance to the Land of Sweets with our state-of-the-art, 4K digital projection on a screen nearly 8-stories tall. The daring swordfights, dancing dolls and Sugar Plum Fairy of the classic Christmas tale are like you’ve never seen them before in crystal clear resolution. Make it a part of your holiday tradition.

Come and enjoy a pre-show event with a special guests appearance from a ballerina. The first sixty guests will receive a special treat. The Nutcracker film is included with ticket admission.

$15 per Member

Santa’s Workshop

December 12, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Visit Santa at his workshop inside HMNS. Take photos with Santa before decorating your own ornament to place upon your tree for the holidays. Afterward, enjoy viewing Trains Over Texas and other permanent exhibits.

$10 per Member

Enjoy more holiday fun, free with admission from 1 – 3 p.m.

Cookies with Santa

December 19, 9 – 11 a.m.

Join Santa and the HMNS family for a merriment of cookie décor. Enjoy a cookie box filled with decorating tools to design your own Holiday cookie.

$10 per Member

Enjoy more holiday fun, free with admission from 12 – 2 p.m.

Stargaze for the Holidays

December 21, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Join us for a rare Cosmic Conjunction on the winter solstice. Imagine Jupiter and Saturn in the same telescope view, closer than they have been in almost 400 years! See Mars through a telescope as our rover races toward it. Then, join Dr. Carolyn Sumners live in the Planetarium to discover how this conjunction happened, what we can expect next year from Mars, and the connection between this conjunction and the famous Christmas Star.

$5 per member

Special Exhibits

White Christmas

You don’t need snow to make the holidays merry and bright. Have a tropical, White Christmas surrounded by hundreds of white butterflies, like the guest favorite rice paper and white Morphos. Christmas trees and holiday lights transform our rainforest conservatory into a tropical wonderland. Included with admission to the Cockrell Butterfly Center.

Trains Over Texas

Take a holiday voyage through some historic Texas sights in our annual Trains Over exhibition. This O-scale model train layout is the size of a tennis court and takes visitors on a miniature journey to iconic Texas locations such as Enchanted Rock, The Alamo and Big Bend National Park. Invite the whole family to follow the tracks for hidden surprises! Included with admission to the Permanent Exhibits.

Now Showing

Wortham Giant Screen Theatre

The Nutcracker: Larger than Life

Houston Ballet Principal Karina González as Sugar Plum Fairy and Soloist Harper Watters as Nutcracker Prince with Artists of Houston Ballet in Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker. Photo by Amitava Sarkar (2018)

Featuring selections from the stage production, The Nutcracker: Larger Than Life whisks you away to the Land of Sweets on a screen nearly 8-stories tall. Every seat is a front row seat! In collaboration with the Houston Ballet and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre.

Burke Baker Planetarium

The Mystery of the Christmas Star

We all know the story of the three wise men who followed the star in search of the baby Jesus, but what do we know about the star itself? Travel 2000 years into the past and discover the scientific reasoning behind this modern retelling of the Christmas story.

Gift Memberships

A museum membership is the gift that gives all year long. The recipient of a gift membership receives all the benefits of membership — free permanent exhibit hall and HMNS at Sugar Land admission, discounts to all of our venues, and special exhibits, reduced rates to lectures, classes and summer camps, invitations to member exclusive events and so much more! There’s never been a better time to introduce your friends and family to HMNS because now through January 5, 2020, our gift memberships are discounted, and we will add another month to your current membership when you purchase a gift membership (valid for current members only). Click here to learn more!

Support Science

If you want to support science this holiday season or as a part of your end-of-year giving, we encourage you to make a gift to our annual fund. This fund supports everything we do here at HMNS from our educational programming to feeding the butterflies in the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Click here to give today.

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

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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.