Best Museum Houston 2013 - Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
If you're looking for Ankh Hap, the resident mummy at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, you'll find him in his palatial new digs in the Hall of Ancient Egypt. And he's got company. The 10,000-square-foot addition to the museum complex houses two more mummies and hundreds of artifacts. Opened in May, the hall already has one of the city's most popular attractions. It's filled with what curators call "a permanently changing exhibit" of objects and displays covering Egyptian art, religion, the Pharaohs and, of course, those all-important mummies. The Hall of Ancient Egypt joins the museum's other permanent exhibits that cover everything natural and science-y such as dinosaurs, African wildlife, gems, earth science, malacology (the study of creatures that live in shells) and more. There's also the Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre.