Visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Sugar Land offers more than science

Shown is the state prison building built in 1939.

If you’ve visited the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, you certainly learned about all about science. But did you also get a history lesson?

We’ve got one for you: The historic brick building that now houses HMNS Sugar Land was a state prison building before being renovated and recreated as a science museum in 2009. Before the main building was constructed in 1939, the site was even home to a celebrity. Then-inmate and jazz singer Huddie Ledbetter — known as Lead Belly — wrote lyrics to his hit song “Midnight Special” that were inspired by his time in Sugar Land.

And did you know that HMNS Sugar Land was also the setting for the movie Powder in 1995? There’s so much to learn — schedule your visit today and enjoy five permanent exhibit halls plus one-of-a-kind attractions like our Digital Dome Theater portable planetarium and Science on a Sphere globe, which simulates environmental processes and weather in real-time. Also featured this summer are two limited-time-only special exhibits: Animal Secrets, where children can experience wildlife from the critters’ point of view; and Dinosaur Discovery, where ultra-realistic pneumatic robotic dinosaurs interact with patrons and each other with stunning realism.

Join us after-hours August 17 for Friday Family Fun Night, where families can compete in Rock Band while learning about the dazzling world of gems and minerals.

For more information on HMNS Sugar Land’s facilities and programming, visit hmns.org. To book a guided docent tour of our campus, call 713-639-4629.

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