Texas boasts over 360 miles of coastline and 3,300 miles of bay shores. A new permanent exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) pays tribute to the rich ecological landscape of the southern Texas coastline.

The exhibit is paired with the premiere of world-famous explorer and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean 3D, narrated by oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, also premiering May 22.

The new Hamman Hall of Texas Coastal Ecology features 2400 square feet of visuals and exhibit space featuring the three unique coasts of Texas. The upper and middle coast dioramas highlight the freshwater inflows and saltwater oyster reefs of the gulf. The lower coast features the world-famous Laguna Madre, a 130 mile stretch of shallow lagoon hundreds of species of wildlife call home. The exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to better understand the effect conservation initiatives have on the economy. Current state and national initiatives are highlighted in a summary of the projects that protect our beautiful coastal areas.

Secret Ocean 3D takes audiences on an underwater adventure through the eye of the legendary Jean-Michel Cousteau. From the Bahamas to Fiji, the 3D experience provides a breathtaking look into the secret world within the ocean. The film, produced in ultra-HD 5K, gives audiences an up-close-in-personal view with some of the world's most beautiful fish. The film joins the recently released Humpback Whales 3D currently showing in The Wortham Giant Screen Theatre.

In conjunction with the opening of the Hamman Hall and Secret Ocean 3D, HMNS presents a special lecture, "Sustainable Seas: The Vision, The Reality" by Sylvia Earle, Ph.D., dubbed "Her Deepness" by
The New York Times, May 26.