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A Visit to the Houston Museum of Natural Science is an Exercise in Evolutionary Learning

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Located at 5555 Hermann Park Dr., the Houston Museum of Natural Science features 16 permanent exhibits, including the Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife, the Hamman Hall of Texas Coastal Ecology, and the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals. It’s presently featuring special exhibitions on subjects such as “Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State,” and “Mummies of the World,” for which tickets can be purchased online or upon entry at the museum. Founded in 1909, its mission is to preserve and advance the general knowledge of natural science, and it does so in fine form.

A Visit to the Houston Museum of Natural Science is an Exercise in Evolutionary Learning

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The museum’s Hall of Paleontology is of extreme interest to many and features over 30 dinosaurs together with various large mammals. The displays are unique in that these fossilized creatures are placed in active settings (i.e. eating and chasing…or being chased), as opposed to their usual static poses. Of interesting note, curator for the Hall, Robert Bakker, was one of the advisors to Steven Spielberg on 1993’s Jurassic Park!

A Visit to the Houston Museum of Natural Science is an Exercise in Evolutionary Learning

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Also housing the Burke Baker Planetarium, the Cockrell Butterfly Center, and the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, the museum regularly examines astronomy, space, Native Americans, science, and energy. In conjunction with its Houston facilities, it maintains two satellite facilities: one in Fort Bend County at the George Observatory (featuring one of the largest telescopes in the U.S., which is available for public viewing), and one in Sugar Land featuring exhibits on exotic live insects, mineralogy, dinosaurs and much more! The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a wonder to behold and full of so much more than perhaps a day can hold. To make trip plans, visit their website for hours, admissions, and special exhibit schedules, and make a weekend of it! You never know what you might learn.

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