The Center for the Arts & Sciences includes a fine natural history museum, a small planetarium, an attractive art gallery, two theaters for a variety of performing arts events, and a nature trail. You’ll need at least 2 hours to see it. The Museum of Natural Science has a collection of more than 14,000 seashells, and is credited with instigating the movement to make the lightning whelk the official state shell of Texas.
Also in its 12,000 square feet of floor space are exhibits on archaeology, fossils, dinosaurs, rocks, and minerals (including a fluorescent mineral room), and a collection of jade and ivory carvings.
The planetarium has a 30-foot dome and lots of high-tech projection equipment to produce a variety of night-sky experiences. A .75-mile self-guided nature trail meanders through bottomland along Oyster Creek adjacent to the center. The center’s art gallery presents nine exhibits each year, ranging from local artists to national shows.