Weiss Energy Hall 3.0
Remember waaaaay back in, like, 1995 when you were writing a paper in Microsoft Word and there was a little animated paper clip who would pop out to make sure you were on track?! Yeah, that was the old Weiss Energy Hall. It was cute and helpful but nostalgic and in need of a makeover. The New Weiss Energy Hall is definitely Rachael Leigh Cook when she became “All That“.
The old Weiss Energy Hall was on the first floor just past the pendulum. It was nice. The new Weiss Energy Hall is on the 4th floor (that no one even knew existed!) and is about the size of a football field. It is expansive and awesome. We spent a few hours there and aside from an ironic energy surge that caused everything to go offline and need a reset it was great.
The way to go is to come in the first entrance of the museum, just past the gift shop. You go through the open area (don’t forget to stop and let your kids play with the interactive screen and visit the awesome Trains Over Texas Display). When you see the pendulum you hang a right, toward the dinosaurs. Take that elevator bank to the fourth floor.
We visited the new Weiss Energy Hall @hmns and aside from, ironically, a small power surge that knocked everything offline for a few minutes, it is really awesome. Very interactive! A vast improvement over the old exhibit. Definitely something for the family to check out during the Thanksgiving vacation. . . . . . #ghmomsHS #ghmoms #Houstonkids #Houstonmoms #Houstonfamilies #houstonthingstodo #htx #kidsarefun #kidsarethebest #houstonblogger #hmns #scienceforkids #oilandgas #energy
When you step off the elevator you will first see an offshore drilling platform replica. Here is a great opportunity to take a bathroom break. And, let me note, that the designer in charge of bathroom renovations at HMNS is doing an amazing job. To the left are the restrooms and they are styled beautifully – very “on theme”. To the right, you enter the cavernous feild of energy.
The Geovator is still around but it has been updated to be more immersive (it reminded me of the elevator in the Haunted Mansion at Disney). There is also a “ride” through the Eagleford Shale. If you get motion sick then it may be one to pass on. My husband did okay and he couldn’t do the ones in Universal and Disney that were similar so it’s not too bad, but it does have those same elements of a moving room and a large wrap around screen.
Toward the back (if you turn to the right) is “Energy City.” This is a white model that uses projectors to “bring life to the city.”
The entire experience is very hands on. It is not dumbed down so “kids” of all ages will enjoy it, but there are still things for the little ones to see and touch. One of my kids’ favorite displays was the subsea robot. Where you can actually move the arm to flip a lever and climb inside a suit and use the buttons and robotic arms to turn things on and grab.
The new Weiss Energy Hall is part of the permanent exhibits – but don’t wait to see it. The upgrade is money well spent in keeping Houston’s premier museum world class. You can get all the information HERE (and remember, the permanent exhibits are FREE every Thursday for everyone who enters between 2-5pm).
Have a great visit!