HMNS to open branch in Sugar Land

August 12, 2009 3:47:06 PM PDT
On October 3, a new Houston Museum of Natural Science satellite facility, transformed from a historic prison building, will open to the public in Sugar Land. The branch will include four permanent galleries reflecting the most popular exhibit areas of the main HMNS campus, including a giant animated globe, an articulated skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex, a collection of living frogs, and an array of mineral specimens.

"The Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land will be dynamic and traditional, interactive and beautiful, high-tech and timeless, engaging and wonderful," Dr. Carolyn Sumners, vice president for the physical sciences at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, said.

In addition to permanent exhibits, the 43,000 square foot building and the surrounding 5.5 acres of land that will house HMNS at Sugar Land will present a variety of compelling traveling displays as well daytime classes and weekend programs.

"We are extremely excited about the opening of the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land," Mayor James A. Thompson said. "This project not only represents years of hard work, but it is also an important step in growing the cultural arts and entertainment opportunities in Sugar Land. We look forward to watching the enduring impact that this project will have on our community for many years to come."

Located at 13019 University Blvd., the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land will be open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 6pm Saturday through Sunday. For tickets, or more information, visit www.hmns.org or call (713) 639-4629.

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