Having a butterfly land on you is said to bring you good luck. If you’ve been down on it lately and you’d like to exponentially increase the odds of that happening, you should visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Rain Forest Conservatory—an exhibit housing hundreds of butterflies, exotic plants and a fifty-foot waterfall!
The Houston Museum of Natural Science might be designed with kids in mind, but unlike the Children’s Museum of Houston (check out our blog post!), it is perfectly acceptable to attend the museum without borrowing any children for the day! The staple exhibits like the Cullen Hall of Gems & Minerals, the Morian Hall of Paleontology and the Hall of Ancient Egypt are mind-blowing.
But, the Rain Forest Conservatory is by far my favorite part! It’s a living butterfly habitat, featuring plenty of exotic insects, animals and plants. Made of glass on all sides, it’s a huge part of the museum, and did I mention the huge fifty-foot waterfall? Hundreds of butterflies can be found flying all around, helping to maintain the Rain Forest’s ecosystem and just looking generally delightful.
However, luck isn’t all you can find at the Museum of Natural Science: after exploring Houston’s own rain forest, check out the “Insects and Us” area that sheds a little light on how insects and people coexist, professions that rely on that cohabitation (like bee keepers) and learn some things you didn’t know before! Flutter down to the Brown Hall of Entomology, you can see butterflies emerging from their chrysalises or witness their release into the Rain Forest. Float by soon!
Tickets: Members $4, Adults $8, Children, Seniors & College Students $7, Groups 20+ $6/person, School Groups $3.50/person