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 [email protected] 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, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (last entry at 4:30 pm)
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (last entry at 5:30 pm)
    Free Tuesdays (not available on Feb. 20 or May 7, 2024), 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (last entry at 7:30 pm)
    Holiday hours may differ. Please check www.hmns.org/visit/hours-and-pricing for information.
  • General Admission/Permanent Exhibits
    • Adult Ticket: $25 (ages 12 and up); members are free
    • Child Ticket: $16 (ages 3–11); members are free
    • Children under age 2: FREE
    • College Students with ID: $16
    • Seniors (62+): $16
    • Military (with ID): $16
    • Groups (10+): $16
    Permanent Exhibits are free during special Tuesday hours. The times change seasonally, so please check HMNS Hours and Pricing for current hours and other important information.

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 $30 for all others. Some free parking is available near the Museum entrance and in Hermann Park. Click here for details.

Special Offers / Dining

Our dining program features two locations serving up a broad range of cuisine—everything from hamburgers to artisan sandwiches.

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


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