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The Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land has always been a great fun and educational option for kids. And thanks to a $100,000 investment from the Sugar Land City Council, it’s about to get even better.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) at Sugar Land, which will soon be celebrating its 10-year anniversary, will use the funds to create a new technology hall and outdoor learning center. With an overall project budget of $282,000, these improvements are sure to keep the museum on the must-visit list.


Exciting Changes

Visitors can look forward to learning about geology at the upcoming “Salt Dome Experience.” Journey down into the earth via a simulated elevator ride to learn about these oil and natural gas traps. They’ll also have the opportunity to play scientist at a new energy and chemistry area featuring a microscope bar. The current life sciences exhibits will be moved to another part of the museum to make room these changes.

The renovations also include the addition of a butterfly-friendly area – an exciting addition for those who love visiting the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the main HMNS campus in Houston’s Museum District. This expanded outdoor learning center will also feature a native plant identification system.

These changes are expected to be completed by December 1, 2019.


Current Exhibits

These new exhibits will complement the museum’s existing permanent collections, including the Hall of Paleontology. Many of your favorite dinosaurs are on display, including the plant-eating Stegosaurus and Triceratops.

While you’re there, enter the Digital Dome Theater for a virtual ride into outer space! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the several daily planetarium shows.


Summer Fun

During the summer months, the museum’s incredible group of teen volunteers, the Sugar Land SciTeens, are on hand to bring science to life. From Monday through Friday, they’ll lead kids through tons of hands-on science experiments and games. No appointment necessary – just look for the blue shirts and get ready to learn!

For other cheap and free things to do in Sugar Land, check out our guide to the city. And make sure to check out our full guide to the best things to do this summer in the Houston area.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission starts at $12 for adults and $9 for children 3-11, with free admission for members and discounted admission available for students, seniors, military members, and groups. See the museum’s official website for more details.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land is located at 13016 University Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas 77479. For more information, call 281-313-2277.