The Houston Museum of Natural Science Tickets in Houston, TX

5555 Hermann Park DriveHouston, TX 77030
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Overview

Immerse yourself in history and explore the natural world – all at Houston Museum of Natural Science. Experience educational showcases and interactive displays designed for everyone to enjoy. Its five floors of permanent exhibit halls include Ancient Egypt, Texas Wildlife, the Americas and one of the largest collections of dinosaurs in the United States.

up to 2 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Houston Travel Experts
  • Plan to spend 2 hours or more.
  • Best times to visit are weekdays right when the museum opens (9:00 a.m.), especially on Mondays.
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science tickets include general admission to all permanent exhibit halls except for special exhibitions and the Brown Hall of Entomology.
  • Ticket includes return visit privileges for the entire day.
  • Be sure to bring your camera!
  • Download the Houston Museum Natural Science (HMNS) app ahead of time to use during your visit.
  • For information on which exhibits meet your child's sensory needs, review their Sensory Guide on their app before you visit

Description

from Houston Museum of Natural Science
Experience Science! Prehistoric beasts tower above you, and glistening gems dazzle around you. Traveling back in time and worldwide is as easy as punching a number in the elevator when you visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land.

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 its walls to experience the wonder and delight of science.

Permanent Exhibit Halls include 5 floors showcasing:
  • The Paleo Hall - one of the largest paleo halls in the nation.
  • The Fabergé Collection - the largest & most extensive collection in the world.
  • Wiess Energy Exhibit - the most comprehensive energy exhibit in the world
  • Africa Wildlife, Malacology, Cabinets of Curiosity, Gems & minerals
  • Chemistry Hall
  • Texas Wildlife
  • Hall of the America’s
  • Hall of Texas Coastal Ecology
  • Hall of Ancient Egypt - over 10 000 sq. ft. providing a glimpse into ancient Egyptian
  • Foucault Pendulum
  • The Earth and more!


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Frequently Asked Questions about Houston Museum of Natural Science

What time does the Houston Museum of Natural Science close?

The Museum opens at 9:00 a.m. Closing hours vary throughout the year. Please see the calendar above for the Museum's current hours when selecting your tickets. Hours are subject to change. Please note, the last entry is 30 minutes prior to closing.


Is the Houston Museum of Natural Science free on Thursdays?

Yes, the Museum is free from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The last entry is at 7:30 p.m.


Where is the Houston Museum of Natural Science located?

It is located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston Texas. They are also serviceable via public transportation. Please visit the Metro Trip Planner's website if you would like to help plan your trip to HMNS (including current fare prices).


What can I see at the Houston Museum of Natural Science?

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 its walls to experience the wonder and delight of science. 


When is the best time to visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science?

The best times to visit are right when the Museum opens (9:00 a.m.) during the week, especially on Mondays. The Museum can be pretty crowded on weekends, during holidays, and during their free hours on Thursday. During weekdays in the spring, the halls may be crowded with school groups visiting on field trips.


Is this Museum wheelchair/stroller accessible?

Yes, the Museum provides access for guests with disabilities. Visit the Museum Services desk for help with accommodations. Child-sized, adult-sized, and bariatric wheelchairs are available for visitors to borrow at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. You may check a wheelchair out at Museum Services just inside the main entrance to the Permanent Exhibit Halls in exchange for an ID. There is a wheelchair ramp outside the main entrance of the Museum. If you are entering the Museum from the parking garage, a security guard will give you access to a ramp leading to the exhibit halls where you can proceed to the box office in the Grand Hall.

There are no strollers allowed in their Planetarium, Giant Screen Theater, or Butterfly Center, but they will always provide a place for you to store them while you enjoy the shows or exhibits!


What are their other accessibility offerings?

There are accessibility offerings for sensory sensitive, blind/low vision, and deaf/hard of hearing guests.


Can I bring my pet?

No, pets are not permitted. However, Houston Museum of Natural Science 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 grassy areas surrounding the Museum.


Can I bring my camera?

Yes, you can! Although please help to preserve the collections for the next generation by not using flash when taking personal pictures. 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 inside the Museum.


Is parking available?

Yes, parking is available for a small fee. All-day parking for non-members is $20.


Can I bring outside food?

Be sure to plan ahead for lunch – they do not allow food or drink in their exhibit halls. You may either pack a lunch and keep it stored in a bag that you carry with you until lunchtime, keep a lunch stored in your car until lunchtime, or purchase lunch from Elements Grill or Periodic Table. 


Can I re-enter the attraction?

Your Permanent Exhibit Hall ticket gives you access to an exit and re-enter the Permanent Exhibit Halls throughout the day, so feel free to eat lunch and return to the Museum.