"Trip to Houston Museum of Natural Science worth the price" by: Jessica Shepard

   A few weeks ago, my best friend Jessie and I managed to carve out a Saturday just for ourselves to enjoy some air-conditioned entertainment at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
   As usual, the museum had several limited-time-only exhibits amongst their permanent ones.
   I think the hardest part was trying to choose which ones to see since you can’t just buy one ticket and see them all.
   So, out of “Pompeii: The Exhibition,” “Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life,” “Death by Natural Causes,” and “Victoria: The T. rex” we decided on the second and third.
   Apparently, it’s been so long since I was at the museum I’d forgotten how much tickets actually cost.
   Or, perhaps, it was more like I hadn’t had to pay by myself for a long time either, so, that also factored in to which exhibits we would see.
   At $30 per ticket per exhibit, we lucked out getting to see Body Worlds and Death by Natural Causes at a discount since the latter was only $5 to add on to any other ticket.
   Now, $35 seems like a lot, and I was barely prepared for it, but if you count all the other 12 permanent exhibits like “Everyday Faberge,” “Cabinet of Curiosities,” and the “Hall of Ancient Egypt” – then it’s definitely worth every penny.
   Body Worlds was by far better than the rest and featured plastinated cadavers and body systems.
   Plastination is a technique or process used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts, first developed by Gunther von Hagens in 1977.
   The water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the original sample.
   Was it creepy – yes, but it was also awesome to see what lays under the skin of humans without the whole death smell.
   Plus, I’m still interested in going back again another time to see the Pompeii exhibit.
   I’m also really a fan of the fact that it’s almost all indoors, there are two dining options on-site and it also runs very smoothly!
   Though I did get a bit of sticker shock at the gift shop pricing which leads to me seek out something more useful than tacky.
   Or, at least that’s what I was guided to do by the voice in the head with my mom’s voice.
   I settled for a shirt with Davy Crockett’s famous quote, “You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.”
   Mostly because I’ve always loved that quote and partially because the others were more about advertising the museum than anything else.
   Though I did eye several books and trinkets hopefully, it just made more sense to get a shirt since I’d be more apt to use it and it’d be less likely to collect dust in my closet or on a shelf.
   I didn’t take into account that Mike would want a shirt, too!
   Had I known that, it would’ve been budgeted for instead of buying dessert during lunch, extra museum snacks, and a new water bottle off of Amazon.
   Regardless, it was a wonderful experience spent in Houston that didn’t feature much time spent burning in the sun and satisfied our curiosity for something that Bay City and Matagorda County don’t offer.

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