The Houston Museum of Natural Science Background
The Houston Museum of Natural Science Background

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.

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