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Celebration: Earth
April 1, 2021

HOUSTON, TEXAS— Although Earth Day is officially set worldwide for Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is celebrating our planetary home throughout April with Celebration: Earth. All month long, Houston’s science museum is concentrating on our shared home with special nature- and conservation- themed exhibits, tours, and activities for everyone. “Because […]

Artifacts from the historic POMPEII eruption are coming to HOUSTON
January 26, 2021

HOUSTON, TEXAS—For centuries, the story of what happened to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii has captivated the world. The city lost and buried by the ash and volcanic debris of Mount Vesuvius remains a testament to nature’s fury, a tragic time capsule of life some 2,000 years ago. Opening to the public at the […]

Houston Ballet and HMNS presents timeless Christmas family classic on giant screen
November 25, 2020

HOUSTON, TEXAS— Houston Ballet and the Houston Museum of Natural Science are joining forces to present a condensed version of one of Houston’s most cherished holiday productions, The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker: Larger than Life will play on the museum’s big-screen during the duration of this unique and unprecedented 2020 holiday season. The annual production of […]

New Blockbuster BODY WORLDS Exhibition Coming to HMNS October 17
September 15, 2020

HOUSTON, TX — Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life opens at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on October 17. BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, a new special exhibition, delivers a breathtaking encounter with the inner workings of the human body and shows the effects of poor health, good […]

New Exhibit Blasts Museum Guests to Mars
June 29, 2020

Summary Earth’s neighbor in the Solar System is closer than ever as new exhibit Mars by Luke Jerram opens July 1 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The centerpiece of the exhibit is an internally lit, 23-foot in diameter globe of Mars suspended above guest’s heads. The exhibit teaches Martian topographic features and details […]

New Earth Exhibit Rising at the Houston Museum of Science For a Limited Time, May 15 through June 30
May 7, 2020

Summary • A new sculpture by British artist Luke Jerram rises at the Houston Museum of Natural Science just in time for Earth Day. The sculpture is an internally lit, 23-foot in diameter sphere resembling our planet Earth. • The gigantic Earth installation aims to recreate the Overwatch Effect—the seldom experienced, but profoundly powerful phenomenon […]

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The Houston Museum of Natural Science has been a powerful force for science education in Houston for more than 100 years. We continually strive to offer the best, most groundbreaking exhibitions to the public as well as the highest-quality educational opportunities for the millions of patrons including the hundreds of thousands of students who pass […]



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The mission of the Houston Museum of Natural Science shall be to preserve and advance the general knowledge of natural science; to enhance in individuals the knowledge of and delight in natural science and related subjects; and to maintain and promote a museum of the first class.

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