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BTS - Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State


Featuring maps dating from 1513 to 1920, the special exhibition traces more than 400 years of Texas history. Through this unique presentation of cartographic history, visitors can visualize how the fourth largest city in the US, Houston, and the third most populous county in the US, Harris County, grew into an economic powerhouse because of the Houston Ship Channel and the growth of railroads in the region. The works in this exhibition are mainly from the archival collection of the Texas General Land Office and Houston map collectors Frank and Carol Holcomb. Additionally, there are items on loan from the Witte Museum in San Antonio and the Bryan Museum in Galveston.


Go behind-the-scenes with a master docent to see the formation of Texas, from an unnamed frontier in the New World, to a small outpost of New Spain, to the huge, bustling state that now leads the nation.



Members $15, Tickets $27

Class - Sleuths & Secrets Mystery Night

Ready to crack the case? Join a team to untangle a web of clues, evidence and history to unlock a series of riddles and mysterious objects in the Cabinet of Curiosities of Ferrante Imperato of 16th century Naples.


Minimum age is 15.


Limited space available.


Tickets $40, Members $30


Cultural Feast - Mapping the Culinary Roots of Texas


This evening legendary Chef Robert Del Grande and culinary historian Merrianne Timko will trace the culinary history of dining in the Lone Star State.


Our colorful menu will be matched by equally as vibrant tales of how the featured spices, foods and drinks made their way to Texas tables. No less would be expected for this flavorful journey of "the six forks over Texas."


Hosted at Café Annie.


Tickets $119, Members $105


Advance ticket purchase is required by November 1. No refunds will be made 72 hours before the event, however tickets can be transferred to another individual. Please notify with your name, transaction number, and name of the guests using your tickets.

Dino Discovery Day


Treat your aspiring Paleontologist to breakfast, lecture and Paleo activities with the Museum's very own Associate Curator of Paleontology, David Temple.


After enjoying a full breakfast on the Morian Overlook with a stunning view of the dinosaurs below, Dave will give an entertaining and educational talk as well as host several Paleo activities in Moran Hall. Reserve your spot now!


Adults must accompany children. Children under 1 admitted free.


Members $35, Non-Members $45


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Educator Late Night - Death by Natural Causes


Death by Natural Causes will introduce students to the range of "animal, vegetable and mineral" dangers that lurk in their everyday lives. Through a collection of specimens, text and interactives, students will explore animal adaptations, statistics, chemistry, medicine and history. The rich graphics, compelling visuals and suprising specimens are such to peak interests!

Educator Late Night - Gifted and Talented Training


Enhance your classroom strategy with ready-to-implement STEAM activities and techniques influenced by our permanent exhibit halls and the film Dream Big 3D. With dynamic presenters, engaging sessions, and the world of HMNS to explore, this is a workshop like no other! Enjoy 6 hours of TAGT-verified credit toward the completion of state-mandated 30-hour gifted and talented teacher training, OR 6-hour update for those who have completed their 30 hours, interactive activities and techniques that can immediately be implemented into the classroom, hands-on Museum-related activities, a workshop notebook, a private screening of the new film Dream Big 3D, and much more!

Educator Late Night - Knights in Shining Armor


Knights in Shining Armor features stunning masterpieces of European arms and armor dating from the medieval period to the 19th century. Separate fact from fiction as you explore cutting edge battlefield technology through the ages and discover unique aspects of the lives of everyday people during this time.

Educator Maker Lab - AR/VR in the Classroom


Explore Google Expeditions, and learn how to create your own 3D images to upload to a 3D printer or augmented reality software. This Maker Lab requires the participants bring a smartphone.

Educator Maker Lab - Automata in Action


Take your simple machines to the next level! In this Maker Lab you'll investigate simple machines and cams to create a working automaton.

Educator Maker Lab - Ingenious Engineering


Become a tinker thinker as you create aerial photography, your own balloon-based speaker, and a multiplication parabola in this Maker Lab.

Educator Maker Lab - The Art of Science


How is art affected by physics? Come find out! In this Maker Lab you will create a scribble-bot, a Jacob's ladder, pendulum art, and experiment with time lapse animation to tell a story.

Family Class - The "A" Games - Ancient Game Tournament


Family Festival


"A" Games - Ancient Game Tournament

Saturday January 27, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Free with Museum Admission | Hosted at Houston Museum of Natural Science


Come. See. Play.


Co-sponsored by AIA, Houston Society

George Observatory Boy Scouts - Astronomy Merit Badge


Astronomy: Study how activities in space affect our own planet and bear witness to the wonders of the night sky. Telescope viewing included, weather permitting. (Prerequisite 6b).


Bring a sack lunch.


Members $25, Tickets $35

HMNS Boy Scouts - Family Life


Family Life - Scouts will learn the roles families play within the community, the importance of family life, how to strengthen their own families. Prerequisites 3, 4, and 5.


Bring a sack lunch, McDonald's will not be an option offered.

HMNS Cadette Girl Scouts - Special Agent


Special Agent – Explore the world of Forensic Science and Criminal Psychology.

HMNS Catalysts Event - Wiess Energy Hall


Better. Stronger. Faster! Dubbed Wiess Energy Hall 3.0, the third iteration of this popular hall will enlarge from its previous 8,500 square feet to an expansive 30,000 square feet—almost the size of a football field. Joining the completely redesigned "classic" displays will be a bonanza of entirely new exhibits, making the new hall the most contemporary, comprehensive and technologically advanced exhibition on the science and technology of energy anywhere in the world.


Complimentary drinks and light bites


Strictly for adults ages 21 and up!


FREE for HMNS Catalysts Members!


General Public: $25


Museum Members – (All Other Levels and HMNS Catalysts Guests) $15


Please reserve guest and Museum Member tickets at the Museum box office or by calling 713-639-4629.


HMNS Catalysts Event: Yoga with the Dinosaurs


Join HMNS nd Revolution Studio for our first-ever evening of dino Yoga at HMNS! Perfect for avid yogis or beginners. Come out, learn, and have fun. Due to extremely limited availability, reservations are required.

HMNS Junior Girl Scouts - Inside Government


Inside government- Explore our government, the laws and the people who make them and how you can be active within your community.

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