Naturally Curious, Episode 8: Totality in Texas
The next solar eclipse is on April 8, 2024. We need to start planning for this “event of Biblical proportions” now, warns Dr. Carolyn Sumners, curator of Astronomy at The Houston Museum of Natural Science. One of the best places to see the eclipse will be in Texas, and Dr. Sumners shares her tips and tricks on where to go and how best to experience this amazing natural wonder. (TxDOT, are you ready?)texasmonthly.com
Naturally Curious, Episode 6: Among Us
Dr. Carolyn Sumners, curator of Astronomy, joins The Houston Museum of Natural Science interns in pondering the Big Questions: What things had to go right for Earth to be able to sustain life as we know it? Is our “example of one” all we’ll ever know? Or are aliens already walking among us? And, if invited, would you board an alien spacecraft?texasmonthly.com
Naturally Curious, Episode 5: Mission to Mars
Take a trip to the Moon and on to the “red planet” at The Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Expedition Center, one of the museum’s hidden gems. Ken Hayes, director of the Expedition Center, helps guide the “S.S. Legacy” space ship on our mission. Find out if we ran out of oxygen!texasmonthly.com
Naturally Curious, Episode 4: Cosmic Teen Power
The Houston Museum of Natural Science interns are the lifeblood of the museum. During the summer months, they rule the museum’s “dungeon” area, running around behind the scenes and getting visitors excited about science. Meet these young innovators, hear about their award-winning science projects, and find out why young people like them are the future of science.texasmonthly.com
Naturally Curious, Episode 3: As Far As We Can See
Take a journey through the cosmos with The Houston Museum of Natural Science and Will Yokely, an enthusiast of the James Webb telescope, who leads dazzling shows at the Burke Baker Planetarium and brings incredible galaxy adventures to kids through the museum’s traveling Discovery Dome. Learn more about the powerful machine’s latest cosmic discoveries as Yokely takes us out as far as we can see.texasmonthly.com
Watch ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ tonight on KPRC 2
KPRC 2 takes you on a journey to Ancient Egypt with the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Meet the team that worked to bring “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs” to Houston for the exhibition’s world premiere. Learn about the history and meaning behind some of the exhibit’s priceless artifacts from the museum’s curators; and get a peek inside the Abu Simbel temple with the team that traveled to Cairo to create the ultimate immersive virtual reality experience featuring Ramses and Queen Nefertari.
Flit over to this Houston spot to gander at hundreds of butterflies -- no net required
Where: The Cockrell Butterfly Center is located at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr, HoustonCost: Adults, $12; children 3-11, $10; children under 3, free. Yup, you guessed it -- the Cockrell Butterfly Center. 2) When the Cockrell Butterfly Center opened in July 1994, it was one of only a few such centers in the country. The spectacular, three-story structure has a 50-foot waterfall, several trees, tropical flowers, leafy bushes, a pool, some tortoises and even an iguana named Charro -- oh, and obviously, hundreds and hundreds of butterflies. AdWhile undoubtedly its most lively attraction, the Cockrell Butterfly Center is by no means the museum’s only offering of note.
Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life exhibit showcasing human anatomy back at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
HOUSTON – The unique exhibit showcasing the inner working of the human anatomy is returning to the Houston Museum of Natural Science as the Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life exhibit. According to the HMNS, the exhibit “delivers a breathtaking encounter with the inner workings of the human body and shows the effects of poor health, good health and lifestyle choices.”There will be over 100 preserved human specimens on display. Each different specimen will showcase human development and “the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body in distress, disease and optimal health.”The exhibit will be at the HMNS from now until May 31, according to the website. Children’s tickets are also $15 for members or $21 for the general public. You can read more about the exhibit or purchase tickets online at HMNS.org.
All aboard! Massive model-train display chugging back to Houston Museum of Natural Science just in time for the holidays
Locomotive lovers, the season of lights, holiday shopping and caroling is chugging into full swing and one of the city’s most iconic yuletide train attractions, Trains Over Texas, is returning to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Unsurprisingly, the exhibit is the largest indoor O-scale model railroad in Texas. From Big Bend all the way to downtown Houston’s “Be Someone” sign, model trains zoom around the display, passing through oil country salt domes, prairies and the wetlands of the Texas coast. Along with an overview of the state’s rail history, the exhibit offers visitors a one-of-a-kind look at Texas' geology. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is located on the north side of Hermann Park, at 5555 Hermann Park Dr.Searching for more family-friendly activities in and around Houston?
Field Trip: The Energy Industry Comes to Life at the Wiess Energy Hall!
In this field trip, the history and science of the energy industry come to life at the Wiess Energy Hall at the Museum of Natural Science! Go here for the Online Courses from Wiess Energy Hall. Explore:Wiess Energy Hall – Houston Museum of Natural ScienceOn the top floor of the Houston Museum of Natural Science is the amazing Wiess Energy Hall. We went back as we were learning about energy, and the pandemic has made Wiess Energy Hall a little less cool. Learn all about the Wiess Energy Hall HERE.
Popular ‘Body Worlds’ exhibit returns to Houston Museum of Natural Science with sliced-and-diced cadavers
The popular “Body Worlds” exhibit is returning to the Houston Museum of Natural Science on Saturday, October 17 and will remain at the museum through the end of May 2021. The exhibit, which features sliced-and-diced cadavers, cadaver parts and dissected human organs, showcases the complexity of human anatomy. Several of the cadavers displayed are arranged in various poses, some as if they were playing sports. Combined, the exhibit drew nearly 800,000 visitors to the museum, making it the most popular exhibition in the institution’s history. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is located on the north side of Hermann Park, at 5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston field trip: Explore the Cockrell Butterfly Center and plant your own garden
Since school is a little different this year… we’re posting an idea for a Houston-area (socially distanced, parent led) field trip each week. In this field trip, visit the butterfly-filled rainforest and plant your own garden! Resources:Activities:Houston Museum of Natural Science (Jill Jarvis)Plant a Butterfly GardenAs part of your lessons, plant your own butterfly garden! Cockrell Butterfly Center (Jill Jarvis)Cockrell Butterfly Center – Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston,Texas 77030Visit the Cockrell Butterfly Center and Brown Hall of Entomology! Even though the Houston Museum of Natural Science is a popular museum, we did not find many people at the Butterfly Center on our recent trip.
How to stargaze with your family during a coronavirus quarantine
Starfield: The Orion RegionIf you make a hookem horns at arms length, notice the distance between your outstretched fingers. This is about 15 degrees and Orion is a little taller than this. Note: The hookem horns symbol will be used as a distance measurement throughout. the slideshow. Source: Carolyn Sumners, vice president for astronomy and the physical sciences at Houston Museum of Natural Science.chron.com
Best Of Houston 2020: Best Museum
Best Museum: Houston Museum of Natural ScienceIt was hard to miss, but just in case you did, let us remind you we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in 2019. Across the city, there were all manner of celebratory events, but the Houston Museum of Natural Science one-upped them all by bringing one very special guest to the festivities: the moon itself. Hanging suspended between the first and second floor of the museums Glassell Hall is U.K.-based artist Luke Jerrams Moon, a crisply detailed sculpture 23 feet in diameter and created with projection mapping from images taken from NASAs Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The show-stopping piece, internally illuminated with a scale of approximately 1:500,000, was but one very good reason to visit the museum this year. It includes a Lego Mona Lisa, a 20-foot tall T-rex, and Yellow, which Little Monsters many recognize from Lady Gagas music video for G.U.Y.5555 Hermann Park, Houston713-639-4629hmns.orgReaders' Choice: Houston Museum of Natural Sciencehoustonpress.com
Houston Museum of Natural Science opens exhibit made only of Legos
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Lego lovers, you're going to want to see this!The Houston Museum of Natural Science opened a Lego devoted exhibit on October 7 called "The Art of the Brick. "The exhibit was named one of CNN's top 10 "Global Must-See Exhibitions. "Artist Nathan Sawaya created a collection of inspiring artworks made exclusively from the iconic childhood toy.His unique exhibition is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on Lego as an art medium and has broken attendance records around the globe.The creations, constructed from countless individual Lego pieces, were built from standard bricks beginning as early as 2002.The world's largest display of Lego art ever features original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of the world's most famous art masterpieces like Van Gogh's Starry Night and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.For exhibit and ticket information visit hmns.org.abc13.com
Houston Museum of Natural Science opens exhibit made only of Legos
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Lego lovers, you're going to want to see this!The Houston Museum of Natural Science is opening a Lego devoted exhibit on October 7 called "The Art of the Brick. "The exhibit was named one of CNN's top 10 "Global Must-See Exhibitions. "Artist Nathan Sawaya created a collection of inspiring artworks made exclusively from the iconic childhood toy.His unique exhibition is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on Lego as an art medium and has broken attendance records around the globe.The creations, constructed from countless individual Lego pieces, were built from standard bricks beginning as early as 2002.The world's largest display of Lego art ever features original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of the world's most famous art masterpieces like Van Gogh's Starry Night and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.For exhibit and ticket information visit hmns.org.abc13.com
Updates at Houston Museum of Natural Science-Sugar Land to be complete by November
The Houston Museum of Natural Science-Sugar Land will look a little different starting this fall. Museum Director Adrienne Barker said a redesign project that coincides with the museums 10th anniversary should be complete by early November. The redesign will add an outdoor learning center and butterfly garden as well as new chemistry, energy, salt and geology exhibits. Most people arent exposed to chemistry until theyre in high school, maybe middle school, so ours is going to give kids a very basic introduction to chemistry, Barker said. Lastly, the outdoor learning center will complement the existing life sciences exhibits with a butterfly area and a native plant identification system.communityimpact.com
Things to Do: 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Apollo 11 Start Early in Houston
CITGO Freedom Over Texas is scheduled for July 4 from 4-10 p.m. Thursday at Eleanor Tinsley Park, 500 Allen Parkway, and Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby. For information, visit freedomovertexas.org. The restoration of the National Historic Landmark to its Apollo-era configuration began in July 2017 and was coordinated by NASA Johnson Space Center with funds raised by the nonprofit Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of Johnson Space Center. Lunch with Apollo flight controllers is scheduled for July 16 and July 24 at noon Tuesday and Wednesday at Space Center Houston, 1601 Nasa Parkway. For information, visit houstonpublicmedia.org/tv8.houstonpress.com