$20 for Two Admissions to "2012: Mayan Prophecies" Planetarium Film and Exhibit Hall at The Houston Museum of Natural Science (Up to $46 Value)

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In a Nutshell

  • 3D journey into Mayan empire
  • Learn how the past might predict the future
  • 3 floors of permanent exhibits

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Promotional value expires Aug 7, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Must redeem tickets in full by 8/7/11. Valid only for listed exhibits. Not valid for special events outside normal business hours. Valid only at listed location. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science - Houston: $20 for Two Admissions to "2012: Mayan Prophecies" Planetarium Film and Exhibit Hall at The Houston Museum of Natural Science (Up to $46 Value)

Winston Churchill once said, "The empires of the future are the empires of the mind," followed by a warning against the unchecked imperialism of the Fourth Republic of Floating Brains. Discover ancient empires' similar warnings with today's Groupon: for $20, you get admission for two to the 2012 Mayan Prophecies planetarium film as well as access to the permanent exhibits at The Houston Museum of Natural Science (up to a $46 value). Click here for a schedule of available showtimes.

Projected onto the ceiling of the Burke Baker Planetarium, 2012: Mayan Prophecies studies the potential future through a journey into the American past. Zooming up the endless stoops and down the hidden stairwells of temples in the ancient cities of Uxmal, Chichen Itza, and Tikal, the show uncovers the Mayan passions for sky gods and constellations. Equal parts archaeological survey and rumination on mythical prophecies, the film examines the portentous future predicted by the Mayan stone observatories, interlocking calendars, and massive magic 8 ball.

Meanwhile, physical indigenous American artifacts await within the permanent Americas exhibit in the museum's Exhibit Hall. Among the hall's three floors, museum-goers can brag about their nonextinction to jealous dinosaurs in the paleontology wing or explore another continent in the African Wildlife exhibit, and hermit crabs can hunt for new apartments in an entire hall devoted to mollusks.

Admission to The Houston Museum of Natural Science exhibit hall is free on Tuesdays after 2 p.m., though it does not include entrance to the "Mayan 2012 Prophecies" film. Plan ahead to get the full value of your Groupon.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Seven days a week, the Houston Museum of Natural Science cultivates knowledge with interactive exhibits that shuttle minds into such far-flung realms as tropical rainforests and outer space. Permanent exhibit halls house everything from the skeletons of brachiosauruses in the recently expanded Morian Hall of Paleontology to artifacts from ancient Egypt and the Americas.

Housed inside three stories of glass, the museum's Cockrell Butterfly Center habitat teems with more than 1,500 winged wonders from around the globe, which frolic around a 50-foot waterfall, and flutter through exotic plants. Visitors can also gaze skyward in the Burke Baker Planetarium, which casts more than 10 daily shows with curve-mirror projection technology. Eyes marvel at the planetarium's 30'x18' full-dome digital theater, capable of transporting families to the aurora borealis in the Arctic Circle or to the nougat-flavored center of a black hole.

Customer Reviews

10936 Ratings

Impressive amount and selection of exhibits for Dinosaurs and Acient Egypt. The museum is very well prepared and educational. Kids loved the place!
Se-Hyun Y. · 5 days ago
The staff were very helpful with questions and ticket purchase. The museum was great. We took our four year old, and he enjoyed it Immensely. The dinosaur exhibit was my favorite. When I first walked into the room, I was amazed by all of the excellent displays of bones. He liked the mummies. Overall, we had a great experience. It is good for people of all ages!
Jennifer R. · September 19, 2016
We had a great time! We arrived early, around 9:30am and there were no crowds. We checked out the dinosaurs first, since we figured the Dinos would get crowded fast. The staff in the paleontology hall were great and so informative! One staff even got our four year old twins to listen, which is saying something! All the exhibits we visited were great and our kiddos loved it. We can't wait to go again and see more! This is a great, family friendly, and enriching experience.
Allison W. · September 18, 2016

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