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- $23 for two tickets to the Maya 2012 and Gems of the Medici Exhibit (up to a $50 value)
- $49 for four tickets to the Maya 2012 and Gems of the Medici Exhibit (up to a $100 value)
Admission to special exhibits also grants patrons same-day access to the Exhibit Hall, which includes all permanent exhibits.
Two intriguing pieces of human history take up residence among the museum’s dinos and wildlife. Maya 2012: Prophecy Becomes History unpacks the anthropological truth behind the oft-circulated claim that the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world on December 21 of this year. In an exhibit created with help from the Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología of Guatemala, visitors can explore Mayan modes of timekeeping, astronomy, construction, and artistry while they assess for themselves how close they are to their doom.
Gems of the Medici fast-forwards several millennia to Renaissance Florence, where the powerful Medici family established their stronghold on the region and financed and purchased some of the loveliest works of European art. The exhibit will display both precious gold and silver pieces from their own era and antiquities they preserved from ancient Rome.
Through March 31, groups can enter the exhibits every 15 minutes between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Children younger than age 2 get in free.
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.