By Kim McGuire
Photos: Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle
Officials with the Houston Museum of Natural Science gave a sneak peak of a greatly expanded Weiss Energy Hall at the museum. The $40 million project was born from museum officials’ idea to tell an expanded story about the science behind energy development, a field that has greatly evolved since the hall’s last update. (Video courtesy of Houston Museum of Natural Science)
Officials with the Houston Museum of Natural Science announced this week that construction of a greatly expanded Wiess Energy Hall at the museum is about 70 percent complete.
This week, the museum gave the Houston Chronicle an exclusive sneak peek of the renovated hall, which will be on the fourth floor. That space was previously used for storage and off-limits to the public.
The $40 million project was born from museum officials’ idea to tell an expanded story about the science behind energy development, a field that has greatly evolved since the hall’s last update.
The new hall is quadruple the size of the old hall and features many new exhibits. One of those exhibits is the Eagle Ford Shale Experience, or “EFX 3000,” which simulates a ride to the south Texas field and down into the borehole of an oil well.
Also, the museum has reimagined the former “Geovator,” a simulated elevator ride through the Earth’s geological layers. The new exhibit features a holographic pilot and takes visitors back in time for an attack by hungry pteranodons and meteor strike.
The museum plans to open “Weiss Energy Hall 3.0” to the public in November.