Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston

Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston (must see)

One of the best places in Houston for a family adventure, this museum features an almost overwhelming array of exhibits and artifacts covering everything from dinosaurs to gems and minerals to ancient Egypt. Its permanent collection is especially impressive, most notably the Hall of the Americas, with its compelling exhibits depicting the stories of how people of various cultures arrived on the continent and their ways of life once they became permanent residents.

As if the museum didn't already have enough amazing exhibits, in 2012 it added an entire wing devoted to paleontology. Featuring dramatically lit dinosaur fossils and exhibits dedicated to evolution and early humans, the hall is a sight to behold, especially with its action-packed scenes of predators and prey.

Another new section, the so-called Cabinet of Curiosities, features drawers, shelves, even things hanging from the ceiling, chock-full of oddities and antiquities from private collections. This exhibit is well-decorated and really makes you feel like you are in some big game hunter' or collector's den or study.

Interactive hands-on and touch-screen displays about oil density, drilling, and delivery allow children to learn through play, which is always a winning combo. Also, kids will be (perhaps unexpectedly) interested in the museum's large gemstone exhibit, featuring colorful and sharply cut gems in fascinating back-lit displays.

Why You Should Visit:
To explore the far reaches of outer space, roam with the dinosaurs, wander through Africa's Serengeti, and marvel at the world's rarest and most beautiful gems and minerals.
The layout is superb and the curators have an incredible eye for the unique. Very educational and plenty of interactive things to play with (on the bottom floor).

Prices are reasonable – if you want a real treat, however, try visiting on Thursday afternoons. From 2–5pm during the school year and 3–6pm during the summer, the location is free of charge.

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Sight Name: Houston Museum of Natural Science
Sight Location: Houston, USA (See walking tours in Houston)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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