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The Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030
A dinosaur fossil exhibit

A dinosaur fossil exhibit at the Morian Hall of Paleontology in the Houston Museum of Natrual Science.

Photo credit: By Agsftw (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Houston Museum of Natural Science (abbreviated as HMNS) is a science museum in Hermann Park in Houston. The museum complex consists of a central facility with four floors of natural science halls and exhibits, the Burke Baker Planetarium, the Cockrell Butterfly Center, and the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre. The museum is one of the most popular in the United States, drawing more than two million visitors each year. Much of the museum's popularity is attributed to its large number of special or guest exhibits.

Permanent exhibits include the Foucault pendulum, Cullen Hall of Gems & Minerals, Lester and Sue Smith Gem Vault, Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife, Evelyn and Herbert Frensley Hall of African Wildlife, Welch Chemistry Hall, and Hall of Ancient Egypt. Cockrell Sundial, opened in 1989, is one of the world's largest sundials. The Morian Hall of Paleontology includes three Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton mounts and the most complete Triceratops skeleton ever discovered. It also houses one of the largest trilobite collections in existence.

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