Ranked as one of the most-visited museums in North America, The Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) showcases a plethora of traveling educational exhibits and features an impressive assembly of permanent collections, worthy of topping any must-see lists for Houston, Texas.
Permanent exhibitions include a comprehensive Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife, an extraordinary Hall of Ancient Egypt and the stunning Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, just to name a few.
With 30,000 square feet of modern, clean lines, chalky white alcoves and chronological classifications, The Morian Hall of Paleontology houses the extraordinary and one of the most monumental permanent collections found inside the HMNS.
World-renowned paleontologist and author, Robert T. Bakker, Ph.D., curates the substantial exhibit. The collection walks visitors through prehistoric eras and human evolution, presenting predators and prey in active, natural poses.
450 exquisite fossils and authentic replicas narrate the story of the flora and fauna that dominated our Earth for 200 million years.
Descriptive and informative labels, comprehensive explanations and epoch timelines guide museum visitors through thought-provoking and educational displays.
Several realistic-looking representations portray early humanoids and Neanderthals.
The Morian Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science presents a thorough and breathtaking view into a prehistoric and extinct world brimming with unusual biology, enormous dinosaurs, massive tress and an ever-changing environment.
Put this museum and specifically, the Morian Hall of Paleontology, on your “Things to do in Houston” list.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas, 77030.
Hours of operation:
Monday-Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ticket pricing for all permanent exhibits and collections:
Children ages 3-11–$15
Seniors ages 62+–$15
College students with ID–$15
Military with ID–$8
Members are always free.
Parking is available in the museum parking garage.
Parking for non-members–$20
Parking for members–$5
Discounts, Groupons and CityPass cards are sometimes available.
Dining options while at the museum:
McDonald’s is in the museum’s Grand Entry Hall and several restaurants exist within walking distance. I recommend the MFA Café, located inside the Museum of Fine Arts, just a few blocks from the Museum of Natural Science.
Visit www.hmns.org or call 713-639-4629 to purchase tickets and for more information.
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