This article was published on June 9th, 2013
There’s little wonder why the Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most visited museums in the United States; it’s jam-packed full of amazing artifacts, objects and treasures. The collection spans across multiple exhibit halls on four levels.
The highlight of the museum is the paleontology hall. It is the length of an entire football. The collection starts from the beginning of time on earth right through to the evolution of man. The highlights are the 450 dinosaur fossils and casts that have been assembled to create dramatic displays recreating life-like scenes from the extinct era. It’s one of the most respected paleo halls in the world.
The Gem Vault is home to 450 precious crystal specimens, including some of the world’s rarest finds. The highlight is a 2,000 carat blue topaz crystal. The exhibit features exquisite, custom-made jewelry made with the highest quality and rare gemstones.
Through the end of 2013, the museum is home to more than 350 objects made my Faberge, including a fabulous diamond trellis imperial egg and one of the special Kelch eggs.
Visitors could easily spend an entire day wandering through the exhibits and showcase halls because there is so much to see. Plan to spend at least a few hours. The best days to visit are Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday’s.
To get the best deal on the Houston Museum of Natural Science, purchase a Houston CityPass and save up to 46% on admission to Houston’s top attractions, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Downtown Aquarium.
For more information on things to do in Houston, visit the Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau website.