Houston has a really great museum district. The museums are clustered together so I could easily spend an entire day museum-hopping. But in the end, we visited the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) because it was one that all 3 of us could agree on.
We didn’t have enough time to see every exhibit, so I’ll highlight the most interesting artifacts below.
Minerals and Gems
Hall of Paleontology
I didn’t realize how diverse native Texan wildlife was until seeing all this:
Also had no idea that a Guadalupe Mountains National Park existed out west by El Paso. Or that mountain goats and lions live up over there.
The exhibit made the park seem like a really beautiful place. Now there’s one more destination added to my bucketlist…
The entire time I was walking through this “vault,” I was thinking what a shame that these beautiful jewels were sitting in cold, dark cases instead of around a pretty girl’s neck. Shakes my head.
When pulling together these photos, I realized Ernesto Moreira is my man. If I were British royalty or something, I’d want him to design my jewels.
Hall of Chemistry
You know what, I hated chemistry in school. So only one picture here:
For what it was worth, this was a really cool periodic table of elements. A sample of each element was displayed in its case along with an item that used/contained that element. For example, a hand-held calculator was displayed with gallium because the lighted numbers on hand-held calculators are produced by LEDs and LEDs are made from gallium arsenide (Chemistry Explained). Chemistry can sometimes be bearable.
Also, a butterfly house was attached to the main museum. I suggest you visit it too, and you’ll see why in the next post!
What is your favorite museum?
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