Houston Museum of Natural Science

Art of the Hunt

Wednesday, May. 29, 2019 – Wednesday, May. 29, 2019

06:00 PM

For over six centuries, firearms have contributed to a range of narratives in international history. From finely chiseled steel to intricate wood carving, the antique firearms in "Art of the Hunt" embody an accessible 16th, 17th and 18th century decorative art. Despite being an integral part of European culture, the art of gunmaking is often overlooked in favor of traditional styles of art from the period. This exhibition shines a spotlight on this part of European hunting life with a look at the many ways that sporting arms, as functional and decorative art, impacted the lives of artisans and their patrons. Explore the decorative art of firearms at a time when the technology was still relatively new.

Go behind the scenes and journey through three centuries of firearms design and sport to learn not only about the guns themselves, but to place yourself in the lives of the artists and gunsmiths.

Members $27, Tickets $42


  • Monday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Permanent Exhibits
    • Adult Ticket: $25 (ages 12 and up)
    • Child Ticket: $16 (ages 3–11)
    • Children ages 2 and under: FREE
    • College Students with ID: $16
    • Seniors (62+): $16
    • Military (with ID): $10
    • Groups (10+): $10
    • School Groups (Pre-K–12th Grade): $4
    • Members Pricing:
    • Member Adult: FREE
    • Member Child: FREE
    Permanent Exhibits Free on Thursdays, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world’s mineral wonders—all for free!

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking is available in our 6-story garage located on Caroline just south of Hermann Drive. The parking garage is $10 for museum members and $20 for all others. Some curbside parking is available near the Museum entrance and in Hermann Park.

Special Offers / Dining

The Museum offers easy access to a quick meal at McDonald's in the Grand Entry Hall. Open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. McDonald's also offers the option to pre-order meals for field trips.

Please note: Food and beverages are not allowed inside the Museum exhibit halls or theaters.

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