Ashley and I headed to Houston this past Thanksgiving to visit our families. Typically, we stuff ourselves full of food and go to a Houston Rockets (Harden for MVP) or Texans (oh the humanity!) game. This year, we decided to try something different.
We went to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Wait, what? Yes.
We joined our families for a day at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This was my first time going to the museum, despite traveling to Houston almost every year for my entire life. It was also the first time since our wedding that both sides of our families did something fun together.
This was also a great opportunity to test the low light capabilities of my new camera, the Sony RX100V. You may read my earlier impressions of Sony’s new camera here. Museums are typically dark places, so I was curious how my smaller camera would hold up in low-light conditions.
The natural science museum is located on the perimeter of Hermann Park, a beautiful space in central Houston. It’s east of Rice University and near the Houston Zoo, the Holocaust Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Houston, we have dinosaurs.
This museum has a huge list of permanent exhibitions that you can read more about here. We didn’t have time to see them all, but the paleontology exhibition was definitely our favorite.
The ancient fossils varied tremendously and I found the amount of variety interesting. Examples include fossils mounted on the wall, as pictured above, and some that towered over everyone, such as the predator below. This level of variety keeps things interesting as you move from one display to the next. It’s a constant reminder that the biological diversity at the time was, well, diverse.
I was extremely impressed with the quality of this exhibition. I have seen several paleontology exhibitions around the world, including the Smithsonian in D.C., and this one held its own very well. Instead of a static pile of bones, you often see these fossils engaged in the act of hunting or other real-world encounters. This created a greater sense of interaction and made the exhibits more exciting for all museum patrons, both young and old.
I’ll post at least one more blog entry on the other exhibitions I saw at this museum. This is truly a great place with something to offer everyone and for folks of all ages. Whether you’re a long-time Houston resident or just in town for a visit, this is a great way to spend a day in the city.
Enjoy the rest of the photos!
All photos were taken by me with the Sony RX100V. The RAW image files were edited in Adobe Camera Raw. This has been a great travel and everyday camera and I highly recommend it. Please click on the link above if you decide to purchase this camera to help support this site. Thank you!