HOUSTON-2012 is the Year of the Dinosaur at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. We're putting the final touches on our world-class Paleontology Hall-one of the most dynamic in the world and the length of a football field. It's a whole new HMNS, 30-thousand square feet of pure paleontological wonder, baring its fangs this summer. Own It.
"Houstonis a great city, full of remarkable qualities, outstanding institutions, and exceptional people. Houstonians have an unabashed sense of pride and ownership in their city and what it offers," said Joel A. Bartsch, president of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. "HMNS is a world-class institution, renowned far and wide for its exceptional collections, exhibits, and programs. And as a Houstonian, you OWN IT-every artifact, every exhibit, every item in the gift shop, every program."
Embark on a Prehistoric Safari
The innovative hall packed with prehistoric beasts will not have displays of ancient skeletons in a row as visitors are accustomed to viewing. The predators and prey in the new paleontology hall will be in action-chasing, eating, and escaping as they struggle for life. Embark on a "prehistoric safari" that also includes the grand saga of human evolution-from tree-climbing australopithecines to courageous mammoth-hunters. Along this journey you will see:
See Progress on the New Wing! Time Lapse Construction Video
In addition to a brand new Hall of Paleontology, the expansion plan will also create more than 115,000 square feet of badly needed exhibition, education, and classroom space-effectively doubling the number of classrooms currently available for educational programs; doubling the amount of public exhibition space that will be available for temporary and permanent installations; and tripling the amount of available collections storage space to ensure the conservation and care of our collections for decades to come.
For more information, visit the museum's website at www.hmns.org or call (713) 639-4629.