The Cockrell Butterfly Center and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre are closed for renovations.

Hours and Pricing


Using the guidelines recommended by national, state and local agencies/authorities, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is now open. We will carefully and continually monitor the efficacy of these guidelines in real time and make further adjustments as needed.

Find the measures we are implementing on our Health & Safety page

Museums are essential to our culture and we are committed to continuing to serve our mission of providing a world class museum experience for the Houston community. The Museum will continue to expand digital engagement opportunities for those who may not yet feel comfortable returning. At the same time, our staff will continue working non-stop to develop additional protocols and provide additional support and supplies as needed for those who do.

While we don’t know when the rest of the world will reopen, in the meantime rest assured that you can come here… and go anywhere.

Regular Hours

Monday – Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last entry 4:30 p.m.)

Free Thursday Permanent Exhibitions: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last entry 4:30 p.m.)

    • Permanent Exhibitions
      Open during the hours listed above
      –The average museum visit takes 2 hours or more.
    • Special Exhibitions (those that require additional tickets)
      Open during the hours listed above
      –Each Special Exhibit takes 45 minutes or more.
    • Giant Screen Theatre
      Closed for renovations.
    • Planetarium
      Monday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last show at 4:00 p.m. – no late entry)
      –Most show durations are about 20 minutes.
    • Butterfly Center
      Closed for renovations.

View hours for HMNS at Sugar Land & the George Observatory.


Pricing:

Permanent Exhibits

  • Adult Ticket: $25 (ages 12 and up)
  • Child Ticket: $16 (ages 3–11)
  • Children ages 2 and under: FREE
  • College Students with ID: $16
  • Seniors (62+): $16
  • Military (with ID): $10
  • Groups (10+): $10
  • School Groups (Pre-K–12th Grade): $4 Must be booked through Field Trips
  • Members Pricing:
  • Member Adult: FREE
  • Member Child: FREE


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Permanent Venues:

Butterfly Center

  • Adult Ticket: $12
  • Child Ticket (3 -11): $10
  • Children ages 2 and under: FREE
  • Seniors (62+): $10
  • College Students with ID: $10
  • Military (with ID): $8
  • Groups (10+): $8
  • School Groups (Pre-K–12th Grade): $4.50 Must be booked through Field Trips
  • Members: $6

Giant Screen Theatre 

  • Adult Ticket: $12
  • Child Ticket: $10 (ages 3–11)
  • Children ages 2 and under: FREE
  • Seniors (62+): $10
  • College Students with ID: $10
  • Military (with ID): $8
  • Groups (10+): $8
  • School Groups (Pre-K–12th Grade): $5 Must be booked through Field Trips
  • Members: $6

Planetarium

  • Adult Ticket: $9
  • Child Ticket: $8 (ages 3–11)
  • Children ages 2 and under: FREE
  • Seniors (62+): $8
  • College Students with ID: $8
  • Military (with ID): $6
  • Groups (10+): $6
  • School Groups (Pre-K-12th Grade): $3.50 Must be booked through Field Trips
  • Members: $4

Parking

  • Members ALL DAY: $10
  • Nonmembers ALL DAY: $20

Our advance sales phone line is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

Please help us to preserve our collections for the next generation by not using flash when taking personal pictures at HMNS and at HMNS Sugar Land. Exposure to strong lights over time causes fading and deterioration of most artifacts and specimens.

Flash photography is ONLY allowed in the Grand Hall and the rainforest of the Cockrell Butterfly Center.

Selfie sticks are not allowed anywhere in HMNS, HMNS Sugar Land and the George Observatory.

For press and any commercial photo shoots, please contact the Public Relations dept.

 

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