Founded in 1909 by the HoustonMuseumand Scientific Society, Inc., the Houston Museum of Natural Science has grown to become one of the highest-attended museums in the United States. The Museum includes four floors of dynamic permanent exhibit halls, the Wortham Theatre, CockrellButterflyCenter, and the Burke Baker Planetarium. As host to world-class touring exhibitions, in addition to its diverse and extraordinary permanent offerings, a trip to HMNS is always an adventure.
Permanent exhibit halls range from the world-renowned Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, featuring the dazzling Lester and Sue Smith Gem Vault, and the John P. McGovern Hall of theAmericasto the Texas-sized, state-of-the-art Wiess Energy Hall and new Paleontology Hall opening this summer.
In addition to creating its own exhibits like the world-premiere Dinosaur Mummy CSI: Cretaceous Science Investigation ; Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia ; Gold! Natural Treasure, Cultural Obsession ; Kremlin Gold: 1000 Years of Russian Gems and Jewels ; and The Human Genome: Reading the Book of Life , the Houston Museum of Natural Science is host to a great variety of traveling exhibitions from around the world, which have included Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World ; BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies ; the world premiere of Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes ; The Dead Sea Scrolls ; Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit ; Secret World of the Forbidden City: Splendors From China's Imperial Palace and Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor .
Science adventures are also available closer to home for many ofHouston's suburban residents, as the Museum maintains two satellite facilities: the George Observatory, located southwest ofSugarLandinBrazosBendState Park; and The Houston Museum of Natural Science atSugarLand, an educational facility featuring dinosaurs, minerals, and more.
For show times and tickets, visit www.hmns.org or call (713) 639-4629.