Houston Museum of Natural Science

Top choice museum

in Houston
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Don’t even dream you’ll see the whole of this colossal and absolutely stellar museum – the most popular in Texas – in a single visit. The permanent collection alone is extraordinary, with colorful models and massive skeletons of dinosaurs as the headline attraction, complemented by real mummies from ancient Egypt, mock-ups of Aztec temples, rare gems including a 2000-carat blue topaz, and interactive exhibits on the earth's biosphere.

In addition, planetarium shows, a giant glass butterfly conservatory, and an IMAX theatre all incur substantial additional fees. On top of all that, the museum is renowned for staging big-ticket traveling exhibitions, covering anything from prehistoric cave paintings to Mayan civilization.