Exhibits

picture of tyrannosaur fossil

Continuing to Evolve 

Texas Science & Natural History Museum recently reopened after completing an initial renovation of the historic building. Three of four floors are open to the public as we continue to evolve and update exhibits. Open exhibits include: 

  • Great Hall (main floor) with the new Texas Titans and Texas Transformation exhibits, plus the museum store. 
  • First floor features spectacular fossils in the Paleontology Gallery, fossil and nature specimens in the Discovery Center drawers, and meteorites, rocks and minerals in the Geology Gallery. 
  • Third floor features our legacy Texas Wildlife dioramas and taxidermy collection of mammals and birds. These exhibits introduce visitors to the diverse animals and ecosystems of Texas, predator-prey relationships and a variety of naturalistic habitats representing the main ecological regions of Texas.

Both the first and third floors will receive new interpretive signage and exhibits in 2024-25. The fourth floor will feature exhibits showcasing advanced research from The University of Texas, and is not open at this time.  

Current Exhibits

pterosaur and tyrannosaur

Texas Titans

Walk beneath the 33-foot wingspan of a pterosaur, Quetzalcoatlus northropi, the largest flying creature to ever live, and meet our new tyrannosaur!

skulls of longhorn and bison

Texas Transformation

Explore Texas’ shifting environmental identity over 600 million years of life through stunning imagery, newly exhibited fossils, and a paleogeographic time-lapse animation.

Large fossilized skull

Paleontology Gallery

See fossils of plants and animals that once inhabited the lands and waters of Texas.

meteorite

Geology Gallery

Discover treasures from the geological collections, including meteorites and other fascinating specimens.

Coyote specimen

Texas Wildlife Gallery

See diverse animals and ecoregions of Texas and marvel at the beauty of insect coloration.

Future Exhibits

Image of star shaped fossils in rock

Discovery Center (coming in 2024)

Get up close and personal with real fossils and engage in scientific thinking in a hands-on educational learning space.

A woman stands beside a chemistry vent hood holding a glass beaker with orange liquid

Science Frontiers

Learn about the advanced research happening at UT Austin and explore the role of cutting-edge science impacting life in the natural world.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt at groundbreaking for Texas Memorial Museum

Memorial Gallery

This future exhibit will share the history of Texas Memorial Museum, from its founding during the Texas Centennial and completion of the Art Deco building in 1937, to the contributions of University and statewide communities over the years.

Daneida Castillo places 650 butterflies in an art installation at the newly refurbished Texas Science & Natural History Museum

We’re blown away by this beautiful new artwork—featuring hundreds of colorful, shimmering butterflies—that graces the entrance to the Texas Science & Natural History Museum. It’s the creation of multidisciplinary artist Daneida Castillo, who received her BFA from the College of Fine Arts at UT Austin in December 2022.

When Daneida saw a call for entries to create a compelling work of art for the Museum using 650 butterflies donated to The University of Texas Insect Collection, she immediately imagined a tree. “I imagined it flying over the landscape,” says Daneida, “representing life and our dependence on pollinators to preserve it.”

Her interest in animals and love of biology is present in all of her artworks, and she was especially pleased to be able to incorporate the themes of life and biodiversity in this work, called “Decimation Proclamation." We can’t wait for you to see this beautiful, fluid work of art when you visit the Museum!