What makes the Houston Museum of Natural Science one of the top 10 most popular museums in the United States? For starters, it could be the amount of hands-on exhibits that are featured within the museum, making it a fun environment for anyone of any age. It could be the unique yearly exhibits that provide educational opportunities about everything from Faberge eggs to incredible gemstone carvings. Even the permanent exhibits about Ancient Egypt and Paleontology offer something new with each visit!
What kind of fun could you have at your next visit to the Houston Museum of Natural Science?
Explore the World From Below in the Energy Hall
What we call alternative energy sources today, like solar or wind energy, were what humans for centuries depended on to meet their energy needs. Fossil fuels have only been in use for about two centuries and the Energy Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science will help you explore how fossil and alternative energy sources are obtained through geology, geography, exploration, and drilling.
One of the unique components of Energy Hall is the Energy Excursions Theater. It is a 160 degree theater that explores under the oceans, showing you how some of today's most used energy resources are obtained from under the sea beds. Coal mining in Wyoming and hydroelectric power from the Hoover Dam are also explored!
Nuclear fusion display at the Weiss Energy Hall Photo: etee/Flickr
How About a Prehistoric Safari?
The Houston Museum of Natural Science also features one of the most complete stories of life on Earth, dating back to the very beginnings of the planet. Over 450 fossils or fossil replicas are featured in the Morian Hall of Paleontology in unique displays that show them hunting, attacking, and even eating their prey. Forget all of those boring displays where you just stare at a collection of bones and pretend that they're fascinating!
The Morian Hall of Paleontology Photo: Agsftw/Wikimedia
Don't Forget to Explore the Americas!
The Houston Museum of Natural Science also takes a comprehensive look at the history of life in the Americas. Located in John P. McGovern Hall, you'll immediately notice the celebration of diversity and differences that make the Americas such a unique slice of the planet Earth. The rich cultural traditions of many of its people, both past and present, are explored in great detail, as are the extraordinary accomplishments that have occurred on these lands.
Through pottery, beading, kachina dolls, and even gold exploration, the exhibit takes visitors from Alaska to Peru. Rather than stare at chunks of a broken pot, the exhibit itself is designed to be a replication of the environment from where the artifact came. Complimented by several hands-on opportunities, learning and exploring in a museum was never this much fun!
Entry into the Houston Museum of Natural Science is $20 for adults, $15 for kids, and special entry tickets are required for traveling exhibits. Considering the museum provides an entire day's worth of entertainment and learning, it will be money well spent!
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Adult (12 & up): $20 | Child (3-11), Students, Military and Seniors: $15
Children ages 2 and under: FREE