Houston Museum of Natural Science : Michelin's recommendations
This outstanding four-floor museum requires two days to see properly. On the main floor are a planetarium and IMAX theater. The Paleontology Hall exhibits over 450 fossil specimens chronicled by time and location. Adjacent to the Welch Chemistry Hall is a 63ft-tall Foucault pendulum. The Wiess Energy Hall features one of the world's most comprehensive exhibits on oil and natural gas. Unique high-tech displays, using virtual reality and video holography, trace the formation, exploration and recovery of energy resources, as well as the refining and transportation processes. The Cockrell Butterfly Center, a 25,000sq ft glass pyramid, houses 2,000 free-flying butterflies. The Brown Hall of Entomology showcases the insect world. The Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals is a major collection of priceless specimens, dramatically illuminated. Lifelike dioramas present wildlife of Texas and Africa's Serengeti Plain; the Strake Hall of Malacology showcases 2,500 rare seashells, mainly from the Gulf of Mexico. The John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas focuses on native cultures from the Arctic to the Andes, especially the US and Mexico. Lower-level exhibits are geared to schoolchildren. The Arnold Hall of Space Science incorporates the Challenger Learning Center, where students in a Mission Control mock-up may communicate with others in a remote flight simulator. Beyond a TV weather station is a hands-on science learning center.
- Address : 5800 Caroline St USA - Houston TX 77030-174977030-1749Houston
- Phone : 7136394629
- Website : http://www.hmns.org
- Prices : free of charge