Houston Museum of Natural Science

Faberge Symposium


To celebrate the opening of the McFerrin Fabergé Collection, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is proud to host the 2013 Fabergé Symposium featuring leading Fabergé experts from across the globe:


- Tim Adams, USA

- Tatiana Fabergé, France

- Alice Ilich, Australia

- Galina Korneva, Russia

- Christel McCanless, USA

- Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm, Finland

- Annemiek Wintraecken, Holland


The Fabergé Symposium features presentations by the internationally-recognized experts, specialized tours of the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals and Smith Gem Vault, and preview of the McFerrin Fabergé Collection before it opens to the public. A demonstration of gemstone-cutting and metalsmithing techniques used by Fabergé craftsmen-cabochon and stone faceting, stone carving, enameling, guilloche, chasing, repoussé-will be presented by artists of the Houston Museum of Natural Science Volunteer Guild. Breakfast and lunch and are included in the Symposium ticket.


On Friday, February 1 at 10 a.m., all Fabergé Symposium attendees are invited to the unveiling of the new book From a Snowflake to an Iceberg: The McFerrin Collection. The McFerrin's will give a short presentation about their collecting adventure. Following the presentation , The McFerrin's will lead a tour through the exhibition.


For those traveling to Houston, special hotel rates are available at Hotel ZaZa and Courtyard by Marriott. After you purchase your symposium ticket online, you will receive the hotel coupon codes by email. (These will be sent out once a week.)


Tickets must be purchased by January 25 and are based on availability. Tickets are not refundable after January 15.


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