The HMNS is one of those museums where you choose the exhibits you want to see and get tickets for each one. There are many international traveling exhibits that come through here, exhibits like the Terra Cotta Warriors, Genghis Khan, and Dinosaur Mummies. These exotic, one-of-a-kind exhibits are usually something that you would have to travel to a foreign country to see, so naturally ticket prices are high, generally setting you back $25 for the exhibit. Of course, it’s a lot less expensive compared to a plane ticket and accommodations in say, Xian to see the Terra Cotta Warriors.
There is also an enclosed greenhouse butterfly center, an IMAX theater, and a planetarium that offer shows. These also charge a separate admission if you want to visit.
Then there are the permanent collections with a variety of very well done exhibits on the natural world typical of natural history museums. The permanent collections are covered under the general admission price and are accessible during museum free times. So…happening to catch the museum on a budget friendly freebie afternoon and wanting just an introduction to what the museum had to offer, you can guess where I went. My favorite exhibits were the rocks and minerals and gems and jewelry. They are very comprehensive exhibits. The rocks and minerals come in all different formations and textures and it was really neat. The gems and jewels were impressive and really pretty.
If you go/旅遊資料:
Address/地址: 5555 Hermann Park Dr., Houston TX 77030
Parking/ 停車: best to park along the street or at Hermann Park (free) and walk over/ 在路旁有地方停車或在赫曼公園免費停車然後走路過去
Hours/開放時間: Mon, Wed-Sun 9-5, Tues 9-8
Admission/門票: $15 permanent exhibits/長期展覽室, various for other exhibits and shows/ 其他展覽和活動另外收票
Free Times/免費時間: Tues 2-8pm for permanent exhibits only/ 周二 2-8點下午只限長期展覽室
Website for most current info/網站– 最新資料: hmns.org
Check out my Houston Museum Guide for reviews of more museums.