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Houston Museum of Natural Science – Virtual Tour

Houston Museum of Natural Science - Virtual Tour

Houston Museum of Natural Science – Virtual Tour

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a natural history museum established in 1909 to provide a free institution for the people of Houston focusing on education and science.

The museum complex consists of four floors of natural science halls and exhibits, a Planetarium, a Butterfly Center, and a Giant Screen Theatre. The museum is one of the most popular in the United States.

The museum’s permanent displays included a dinosaur exhibit, a space museum, and exhibits on geology, biology, petroleum science, technology, and geography.

In 1988, the Challenger Learning Center was opened in memory of the Space Shuttle Challenger crew members that were lost during the shuttle’s tenth mission. 

In 2012, a new wing to house its paleontology hall, more than doubling the size of the original museum. The Paleontology Hall contains more than 60 large skeleton mounts, including three Tyrannosaurus rex and three large Quetzalcoatlus.

Houston Museum of Natural Science - Virtual Tour

Entrance to the Butterfly Center in the Houston Museum of Natural Science

Highlights of the Houston Museum of Natural Science

  • A Planetarium presents a range of science and astronomy presentations.
  • A butterfly zoo
  • A 60 feet (18 m) long Foucault pendulum
  • Gems & Minerals exhibit of over 750 crystallized mineral specimens and rare gemstones
  • Wildlife exhibits of animals and wildlife native to Texas
  • The African Wildlife display of seven biomes of the continent of Africa
  • Three Tyrannosaurus rex
  • A Diplodocus 
  • A Triceratops skeleton
  • Pre-Columbian archaeological artifacts.
  • Interactive chemistry displays 
  • Energy exhibits which include a working replica of an offshore drilling rig drill floor
  • Ancient Egyptian artifacts
  • Computer-aided and hands-on exhibits about the Earth and its processes
  • An astronomy observatory equipped with three domed telescopes

Houston Museum of Natural Science - Virtual Tour

Hall of Paleontology – Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) 

  • Name:                    Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS)
  • City:                       Houston
  • Established:           1909
  • Type:                      Natural history museum
  • Location:                5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Houston Museum of Natural Science Map

Houston Museum of Natural Science – 360 Views

Houston Museum of Natural Science – 360 Views

Houston Museum of Natural Science – 360 Views

Houston Museum of Natural Science – 360 Views

Houston Museum of Natural Science – 360 Views

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Museum Of Natural Science

Houston Museum of Natural Science

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Mummies of the World at HMNS

Houston, Texas, USA – MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE BUTTERFLY CENTER

The Houston Museum of Natural Science

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