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

Traveling to Houston?


Image shows a crowd in the glassell hall during free museum hours on thursdays.

Rain or shine, our doors are open year-round to Houston natives, transplants and those just passing through. Our museum remains one of the must-see locations for travelers and locals alike. With over fifteen permanent exhibits and new special and traveling exhibitions all the time, seeing everything can be a daunting task.

Make the most of your museum experience

  • Meet our expert Discovery Guides! Sign up and take a detailed tour of our Hall of Ancient Egypt, Hall of Paleontology, or explore the Moon close-up in our Expedition Center. These one hour tours can unlock a whole world of discovery, and your guide can illuminate the highlights of the hall with engaging story telling!
  • Escape the city and take a walk on the wild side through the Cockrell Butterfly Center.
  • A trip to the jungle not far enough? Buckle up and journey to the far corners of the galaxy in the Burke Baker Planetarium!
  • In the Southern Houston area? Remember to check out our campus The Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land

Alternative Transportation to HMNS

Houston Metro’s public transit offerings are an environmentally minded way to get to the Houston Museum of Natural Science any day. By bus, rail, or bike we encourage our patrons to explore a new way to arrive.

By Metro Bus:

  • Route 56 – TMC to GPTC
    • Northbound and Southbound stops:
      • Main @ Sunset
      • Montrose @ Bissonnet
    • Route 82 to Route 56 > Galleria Area to Museum District, transfer available at Westheimer @ Montrose
    • Route 5 – Southmore
      • Eastbound and Westbound stops: Binz @ Crawford

By Metro Rail:

  • Red Line – multiple stops along Fannin St. and San Jacinto St.
    • Museum District stop:
      • Northbound intersection: San Jacinto @ Ewing
      • Southbound intersection: Fannin @ Ewing
    • Hermann Park / Rice U stop:
      • Northbound and Southbound intersection: Fannin @ Sunset

If you would like help planning your trip to HMNS (including current fare prices), please visit the Metro Trip Planner: https://www.ridemetro.org/Pages/Tripplanner.aspx

By Bicycle:
Bike racks are located at the front and employee entrances; please bring your own locks. There are public bike racks spread throughout the museum district we encourage museum patrons to use.

For your best route, enable the bicycle layer when using Google Maps


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