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TheHoustonMuseumofNaturalScience

The Houston Museum of Natural Science


Established in 1909, the museum's current facility was constructed in 1969 at the tip of Hermann Park. The museum attracts more than two million visitors each year and is the second most popular non-Smithsonian museum in the country. Major exhibits include the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals (with more than 750 specimen), the Cockrell Butterfly Center (with over 1,500 butterflies), and the highly interactive Wiess Energy Hall.

Fun Fact: The museum has a 60-foot-tall Foucault pendulum, an instrument that demonstrates the rotation of the planets.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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