Houston Museum of Natural Science

Cultural Feast – Gastropologie: Taste Bud Tripping with the Miracle Fruit

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 – Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

06:30 PM

Experience the magic of the miracle berry--that changes sour taste buds into sweet receptors--in the rainforest of the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Along the dramatically lit trails, you will meet the staff and love bugs of the Butterfly Center and enjoy a variety of foods selected for their high-impact miracle berry transformation. Even the most sour and tart foods, such as lemons, are transformed into sweet morsels.

Much of what is produced here has been associated with love over the centuries, such as chocolate and honey, will be featured this evening. Filled with unexpected flavors, this Valentine's taste bud trip is guaranteed to sweeten things up!

Advance ticket purchase recommended by February 7. No refunds will be made 72 hours before the event, however tickets can be transferred to another individual. Please notify webmaster@hmns.org with your name, transaction number, and name of the guests using your tickets.

Package Deal! Receive 15% discount when you purchase 4+ tickets, Members only.


  • 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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