Diabolos80 wrote:Took the family to the natural science museum today and we were blown away. Last time we visited was July, but already so much has changed. The African wildlife exhibit is amazing: dozen or so huge scenes that are wonderfully executed, including one with a leopard guarding his kill in a tree. The new gem and minerals exhibit is never ending (one of my wife's favorites). We also checked out the brand new 8k planetarium and it's obviously a vast improvement over the original. Add the new Lego Block Party zone where you build and compete, and there's a whole day to be had just on new stuff. Of course we also still enjoy their huge dino hall, too. If you're looking for something "new" in Houston, give the HMNS another look.
Thanks for the post. I love the planetarium and didn't know they upgraded. Which show(s) did you see? Out of the ones that are currently playing, I like Starry Night Express, Black Holes, and the Pink Floyd show. Haven't seen Dynamic Earth or Dark Universe. The African wildlife exhibit sounds cool too. The museum district is one of the best things about living in Houston and a lot of folks don't utilize it or even know about it. Most exhibits are free on Thursdays and the Menil Collection is always free. I recently checked out the Surrealism show there. They have a Dalí on loan from The Dalí Museum in Florida and they built a show around it with paintings from their own collection including some impressive Yves Tanguy and Max Ernst paintings. It runs until June 19th.
MFAH currently has the Sculpted In Steel show with art deco automobiles and cars from 1929-1940, and a Deco Nights: Evenings in the Jazz Age show with paintings from the era. The cars are impressive in person; really heavy duty. They're on display until May 30th.