Everybody loves the Houston Museum Of Natural Science—from the wild butterfly center to the planetarium. But the Sugar Land City Council believes it can be even better, so they invested $100,000 into the Houston Museum of Natural Science At Sugar Land for new upgrades that will come at the end of this year.

The total budget of the project is $282,000, but it's their 10th birthday soon, so if there's ever a time to go big, it's now!

The museum has unveild its plans for a new technology hall with a "Salt Dome Experience", geology, energy, and chemistry centers, and butterfly area additions.

A salt dome is exactly what it sounds like—a dome-shaped bulge found in sedimentary rocks when a large mass of salt is pushed upwards. Okay, maybe not exactly what it sounds like. But you get the jist. These domes form structures that trap natural gas and oil—two of Texas' favorite things!

The Salt Dome Experience will educate visitors on all things oil and gas by taking them on an immersive trip into the earth via a simulated elevator ride. And then, you get to play scientist with a new chemistry zone and microscope bar.

The additions will also include a facelift to the garden (we're getting more butterflies!) with a native plant identification system.

You can expect to be wow'd by the new exhibits on December 1, 2019.

Until then, you can enjoy their iconic hall of paleontology, the science in motion exhibit, and their ride into space in the Digital Dome Theater.

And while you await the new epic elevator ride in Sugar Land, you can hop on the Geovator in the Weiss Energy Hall at the main Houston campus (shown in the feature photo on the left).

They are currently open Monday through Saturday from 9-5 and Sundays from 12-5 pm. They are located at 13016 University Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas 77479, and admission is just $12.

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