Recently, my family and I visited the Houston Museum of Natural Science. In addition to reviewing the new IMAX 3D film “Born to Be Wild” (read that review here) we saw Texas! The Exhibition. It honestly is one of my favorite exhibits. Now, I’m a huge fan of Texas history so I may be seen bias on this topic, however this is an exhibit for Houstonians even if you don’t consider yourself a Texan.
As the description truthfully says, “Texas has a history as large as the state itself.” The exhibit takes you through the history of Texas as it was part of the Mexican Frontera, an independent Republic, and then as the 28th state to join the USA. The exhibit also covers the history of religion and the oil industry in the Lone Star state.
A few of my favorites are James Bowie’s famous Bowie knife found at the Alamo, David Crockett’s violin and the Juneteenth order from General Robert S. Granger in 1865 declaring Emancipation Day in Texas. There is so much to see and experience in this exhibit. Whether you are from Texas, got here as soon as you could or you’re just passing through; this is an exhibit for you.
You can also see “Texas: The Big Picture” on IMAX. Yes, this exhibit has its own movie. To learn more about Texas! The Exhibition visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science website. Don’t forget to read up on their other great exhibits. If you love touring exhibits, then consider becoming a member. If you and your family plan to visit the museum more than a few times a year then this is the best deal for your dollar.