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“Mayan, Metals, Civil War, Butterflies..has it all”

The Houston Museum of Natural Science
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Ranked #1 of 301 things to do in Houston
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This outstanding science museum has a spectacular collection of mineral specimens, a dinosaur skeleton, space-station models, a planetarium, IMAX theater and a six-story butterfly center in which these beautiful creatures land delicately on outstretched arms.
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Mayan, Metals, Civil War, Butterflies..has it all”
Reviewed 4 March 2012

I love movies so anything shown there is always good. There was a lot of interesting things in the gift shop, the butterflies are not to be missed [may be even better than the Butterfly Pavilion in Georgia]

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Houston, Texas
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“How to Save Money on Museum”
Reviewed 3 March 2012

The museum is Free on Tuesdays and stays open till 8pm on that day. And if you go any other day, they will let you in for free in the last 30 minutes before they close. I always feel like they charge too much but if you follow one of those options you can save money. They also offer student discounts for any kid or teenager that brings a school ID. Anyways, having lived in Houston for most of my life, I have seen the museum grow and really love visiting this place. And they will soon (I believe in May 2012) be adding an extra whole floor dedicated to more dinosaurs and another to astronomy. The best of what they have now is the Gems and Minerals Hall and is definitely worth a visit! As for food, I'd recommend eating outside at nearby & cheap "Bodegas" which is just 2 blocks down Caroline street. They have great burritos and tacos there. The only big cons to the museum are the food options and weekday school crowds in the early mornings. I'd recommend visiting in the afternoon.

Visited March 2012
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Wisconsin
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“A memorable experience”
Reviewed 3 March 2012

We went in Oct 2011 and again Dec 2011. They have a large variety of wonderful exhibits. Don't miss the gem stone room. It's a great place for all ages to enjoy the day. In Dec. we also went to the Cockrell Buttery Center in the building, it was very beautiful and tropic. A memorable experience.

Visited October 2011
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Houston, Texas
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“Civil War Exhibit very disappointing”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

The civil war exhibit was terrible. It included very few actual artifacts and then ones displayed were in some cases inaccurate. The exhibit contained large poster size reprints of documents and photos that can be seen on the internet. The same group of reprints were repeated 8 times, making you wonder if it wasnt just an excuse to make a political point

Visited February 2012
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“One of the best...”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

Always great exhibits such as Mayan History, History of Baseball, History of Pearls, etc., etc., etc.

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