Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of America’s most visited museums. It features the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre and Burke Baker Planetarium. The Cockrell Butterfly Center has permanent exhibits.
On Thursdays, the permanent exhibit halls will be open from 2-5 pm during regular hours. During summer holidays and weekends, they’ll also be available from 3-6 pm.
Permanent exhibits include:
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Cockrell Butterfly Centre in Houston, Texas is an impressive, live exhibit featuring hundreds of butterflies. It can be found in a rainforest setting. A dramatic, three-story glass conservatory with exotic butterflies and tropical plants is located in the center of the museum. On a typical visit you can see between 50 and 60 species of some of the most beautiful and colorful butterflies in the world. They fly through the cool air and hover over the flowers, sipping juice, and sometimes landing on people. Special butterfly farms are set up in South, Central, and Tropical Asia to raise the butterflies. The chrysalis forms of these butterflies are then shipped to the Center.
Moran Paleontology Hall
More than 450 fossils are found in the Museum’s Hall of Paleontology, which gives a glimpse at Earth’s incredible history of life over the past 3.5 billion years. This exhibit hall brings you in contact with all the ancient creatures of our planet, from the trilobite to Tyrannosaurus Rex. This new exhibit hall covers 30,000 square feet and includes additional classrooms and exhibition space. It is the biggest expansion of the museum’s past.
Farish Hall, Texas Wildlife
Farish Hall was renovated extensively and reopened in autumn 2014. The hall has more than 425 specimens representing over 250 species. It is home to the largest collection of Texas wildlife. There are many species you might find in Texas today and in the past. Waterfowl, alligators, and white-tailed Deer, among others, are displayed, along with endangered and extinct species such as jaguars and whooping cranes. Museum visitors can activate some animals with sounds and robotic movements, including a rattlesnake or skunk. The exhibit features 7 dioramas that replicate natural habitats. The exhibit includes 7 dioramas and several kiosks that provide information about invasive species.
Hall of Ancient Egypt
New ideas spring up when you have lots of space. The Houston Museum of Natural Science’s enormous Morian Paleontology hall opened in 2013. The hall spans the length of an entire football field and offers a fascinating view of the way dinosaurs and prehistoric animals lived together. The museum also had the opportunity to expand its permanent collection with new items. Ancient Egypt is an area that fascinates the West World.
The hall contains hundreds of artifacts that date back over 5,000 years. It is not divided by time but rather by the theme. The five areas that offer an insight into Egyptian life include politics, environment, politics, politics, mummification, and the discovery of ancient Egypt. HMNS partnered up with several museums across the United Kingdom, Germany, and Boston to offer a dynamic and changing exhibit experience.