More than 22 million people visit Houston every year, almost 10% of them stop at the Houston Museum of Natural Science to admire some of the most spectacular exhibits in the world.
Located in the northern part of Hermann Park, the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) was established in 1909 and it is currently the most popular institution of science outside of Smithsonian museums. If you are one of the 2 million visitors that walk through its doors every year, you must not miss any or all of these permanent exhibits:
The Cockerel Butterfly Center
The Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is different from most of the butterfly exhibits that you have experienced so far. This gallery is a three-story glass cone where more than 50 species of butterflies from around the world leave in colorful and peaceful harmony.
Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife
If you want to know more about the Texas wildlife, you must visit the Farish Hall exhibit in the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Here, you admire 7 large dioramas that depict the life of local species as well as the danger of invading species for the natural habitat.
More than 250 species of present-day Texas and extinct animals are on display to give you a better understanding of the impact that humans have had on pristine environments over time.
Hall of Ancient Egypt
One of the most recent exhibits at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is the Hall of Ancient Egypt. This gallery opened for the public in 2013 and features millennia-old artifacts from one of the oldest civilizations in human history. The modern recreations of Egyptian buildings, mummies and rituals will delight adult and children visitors alike.
The Moran Paleontology Hall
If you are a fan of the land before time, you will thoroughly enjoy the Moran Paleontology Hall at the HMNS. This permanent exhibit hosts more than 450 fossils that are millions of years old. Remains of ancient creatures including amphibians, dinosaurs, and trilobites are all on display to give you an insight into the Earth’s long and rich history.
The Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals
You don’t need to have a passion for mineralogy to admire the impressive collection of gems and minerals in the Cullen Hall at the HMNS. There are more than 750 crystallized minerals on display, out of which have an extremely rare distribution on the planet.
Evelyn and Herbert Frensley Hall of African Wildlife
You do not need to go all the way to Africa to get a gest of African wildlife. Instead, you can visit the Evelyn and Herbert Frensley Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This exhibit features more than 70 species native to the African continent, some of which are rare or almost extinct in nature.
The Foucault Pendulum
A the HMNS you have the unique chance of seeing the famous pendulum of French physicist Jean Bernard Leon Foucault. The device that was first showcased at the World Fair in 1851 demonstrates the Earth’s rotation through a simple scientific exercise.