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Baby Boomers

 

Bring your mini Rocket enthusiasts out for a day of rocket launches! Your tikes learn about rockets and how they work, build a water rocket and then launch it.

 

Recommended ages 3-7.

 

Adult supervision required.

BTS - Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

 

Gladiators locked in mortal combat for the entertainment of the crowds in Rome’s Colosseum. "Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum" takes us into the violent arena of the Colosseum and behind the scenes to the world of the gladiators. Theirs was a world of specialized training, discipline, regulation and peril, but also of hope of fame, redemption and even wealth and freedom.

 

Explore the behind-the-scenes lives of the gladiators and the colossal stage upon which their fate was determined, the Colosseum. Learn how the lives of gladiators changed through time and how the search for gladiators expanded with the Roman Empire. The story is told through artifacts, scale models and multi-media. During this after-hours tour, your guide will explore the exhibit with you, sharing riveting stories and answering questions.

 

"Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum" is organized by Contemporanea Projetti, srl and Expona in collaboration with the Colosseum, Rome. This exhibition is sponsored by HMW Entertainment.

 

Members $22, Tickets $39

BTS - Hall of Paleontology Series

Behind the Scenes - Hall of Paleontology Series

 

July 5th, 2017 - Earliest Life on Earth

July 19th, 2017 - Terrestrial Life Debuts

August 2nd, 2017 - Dinosaurs of the Jurassic

August 16th, 2017 - Dinosaurs of the Cretaceous

August 30th, 2017 - The Reign of Mammals: Giants of the Pleistocene

September 13th, 2017 - The Age of Man: Primates and Humans

Members $70, Tickets $130

 

BTS - HOP - Dinosaurs of the Cretaceous

 

Because the Morian Hall of Paleontology is too large to tour in one evening, we are bringing back this popular series that covers the hall section by section with James Washington--now expanded to 6 sessions. All sessions are Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m.

 

The Cretaceous Period brought us the most dangerous herbivore of all time, the mighty Triceratops. Learn how our triceratops specimen with mummified skin has helped science proves new information about these three-horned tanks. Our five new T. rex skeletons all tell a different story that helps piece together what life was like in the Cretaceous.

 

Tickets $25, Members $15 per session.

 

Purchase entire 6-session package by July 5 to receive discount pricing: Nonmembers $130, Members $70.

BTS - HOP - Dinosaurs of the Jurassic

 

Because the Morian Hall of Paleontology is too large to tour in one evening, we are bringing back this popular series that covers the hall section by section with James Washington--now expanded to 6 sessions. All sessions are Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m.

 

The Jurassic Period ushered in the "Golden Age of Giants," the time of 100-foot-long diplodocuses and stegosaurs who were skilled swordsmen. Predatory dinos clothed themselves with feathers. Giant sea reptiles cruised the oceans, while winged dactyls hunted for squid.

 

Tickets $25, Members $15 per session.

 

Purchase entire 6-session package by July 5 to receive discount pricing: Nonmembers $130, Members $70.

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

Edge of Darkness

Excursion - Travel - Norwegian Voyage: Vikings and Northern Lights: Iceland - DEPOSIT

 

Join us on the Museum’s "Norwegian Voyage: Vikings and Northern Lights," which is scheduled for March 16-26, 2018 with Dr. Carolyn Sumners, HMNS VP of Astronomy and Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, HMNS Curator of Anthropology.

 

In the footsteps and seaways of the Vikings, we set out to Iceland and Norway to hunt the Northern Lights. With eight nights above the Arctic Circle to spot the magnificent auroras dancing in the night sky, this trip is timed to also have ample daylight to enjoy stunning nature and historic sites. We start in Reykjavik, Iceland and experience the majestic geology and scenery of Iceland. Then on to Norway's most eastern town Kirkenes where we board MS Finnmarken. Our southbound journey meanders along the scenic coastline of Norway and includes historic Viking sites, picturesque Scandinavian villages and medieval architecture will let travelers truly experience Norwegian culture and heritage.

 

Registration requires a nonrefundable deposit of $1,000 for HMNS Members, or $1,500 for non-members. You will receive an invoice for your remaining balance. Registration forms must be sent to travel@hmns.org with a copy of your passport.

Family Class - World Oceans Day

Note: Free with purchased admission to the museum. Class will meet in Glassell Hall.

 

Family Festival

World Oceans Day

Thursday, June 8, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

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

 

With a goal of promoting Ocean conservation and bring awareness to the dangers of plastic pollution, "Our Oceans, Our Future" is the theme for UN-designated World Oceans Day. Celebrate at HMNS with a "dive" on life-size 2D coral reefs of the Gulf of Mexico with Dr. Adrienne Correa of Rice plus presentations by Rice University's Department of Earth Science. At various hands-on stations, researchers from several organizations will share their appreciation for the oceans and marine life and ways we can help in their conservation.

 

This event is co-sponsored by Rice University's BioSciences Department, NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Marine Mammal Stranding Network and HMNS.

Film Screening - Amazon Adventure 3D with Erin Mills

 

As a young man, Henry Bates risked his life for science in the 1850s. "Amazon Adventure 3D" tells the epic, true story of the explorer's fascinating 11-year journey through the visually stunning and biodiverse Amazon rainforest. Bates made crucial contributions to biology: identifying 8,000 species new to science.

 

A special evening presentation of "Amazon Adventure 3D" features opening remarks by Erin Mills, Director of Cockrell Butterfly Center.

 

Audiences will be wowed by the mind-boggling examples of camouflage and mimicry and inspired by Bates' endless curiosity and determination to explore the wilds of nature from the time he was a young boy.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Film Screening - Penguins 3D with Dianna Olsen

 

Join Dianna Olsen who cares for the penguins at Moody Gardens for a special evening viewing of "Penguins 3D" in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre. A tour of "Faces from the Southern Ocean" will follow the film.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Film Screening - Sonic Sea with Heidi Whitehead

   

Whales, dolphins, porpoises and other marine mammals depend on sound to communicate, hunt food, navigate, breed and detect predators. "Sonic Sea" investigates how man-made industrial noise from shipping, seismic exploration and naval sonar impairs their survival and prosperity.

 

The human cast of "Sonic Sea" is made up of 18 research scientists, naval officers, industrial leaders and environmental advocates including Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau and Sting, who also produced the soundtrack. Join marine biologist Heidi Whitehead of the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network for the premiere of "Sonic Sea" in Houston.

 

This is a one-night-only screening.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

 

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

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

 

Gladiator combat has evolved into one of the defining symbols of ancient Roman culture. Immortalized by films, gladiators locked in mortal combat for the entertainment of the crowds in Rome's Colosseum are larger-than-life figures in our mind. However, what went on behind the scenes? This exhibit provides answers in two arenas: that of the gladiators and that of the Colosseum. Featuring original artifacts from the Colosseum never before exhibited outside of Italy, this large international exhibit illustrates the compelling and fascinating world of the gladiators. This exhibit also explorers the behind-the-scenes lives of the gladiators and the colossal stage upon which their fate was determined, the Colosseum. Theirs was a world of specialized training, discipline, regulation, and peril, but also of hope of fame, redemption and even wealth and freedom. Original armor and related archaeological artifacts from the Colosseum and other Italian museums are included. Organized by Contemporanea Projetti, srl and Expona in collaboration with the Colosseum, Rome.

 

Member Opening: Friday, March 10. Member tickets $12. MEMBERS: please log in to see and reserve Members' First Weekend tickets.

 

Public Opening: Monday, March 13. Adult tickets $30.

 

 

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.

Lecture - Asteroid Day 2017 - Impacting Asteroids in Texas by David Kring

 

In his annual update on Earth impact events, Dr. David Kring of the Lunar Planetary Institute will describe the magnitude of the persisting threats of asteroids today, and the steps we might take to mitigate these types of calamitous events in the future. This year Dr. Kring adds a Texas twist, reviewing impacting asteroids that have struck the Lone Star State.

 

To bring awareness to the threat of Earth impacts and the science that studies them, Asteroid Day is celebrated each year on June 30, the anniversary of the 2013 impact near the Russian town of Chelyabinsk and the 1908 impact that flattened a forest near the Tunguska River in--and a modern-day example of the immense dinosaur-killing Chicxulub impact event in the Yucatán.

 

This event is sponsored by Lunar and Planetary Institute.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Conversation with Author Kathy Reichs and Book Signing of "Two Nights"

 

As a practicing forensic anthropologist, Dr. Kathy Reichs consults for medical examiners, trains FBI agents, teaches at universities, and aids in the identification of victims at mass graves. She weaves her own work experience into her mesmerizing forensic thrillers as a television producer of the series "Bones" and a best-selling author of novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, as well as the sci-fi "Viral" series for younger adults that she writes with her son Brendan Reichs.

 

This evening Murder By the Book and the Houston Museum of Natural Science bring you a special evening with Kathy Reichs in conversation format with the audience.

 

* Your ticket includes a hardback copy of "Two Nights" which will be released this date, July 11. Book signing after the program.

 

All Tickets $40

Lecture - Edge of Darkness - New Discoveries from Far Reaches of our Solar System by Carolyn Sumners

 

Mysterious objects lie at the edge of our ability to image the dark reaches of our celestial neighborhood. Comets, with surfaces as dark as coal, show the scars of their creation and hold clues to the early makeup of the solar system. Asteroids older than the solar system hide secrets waiting to be revealed. Pluto and its retinue of moons hint at the myriad of unique Kuiper Belt objects lying at the edge of the Sun's gravity pull.

 

Dr. Carolyn Sumners, HMNS VP of Astronomy, will review our understanding of these outer orbital objects and discuss the new generation of robotic explorers that are visiting the farthest reaching objects in the Solar System, and revealing secrets from the Edge of Darkness. This lecture includes a screening of Edge of Darkness in the Burke Baker Planetarium.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

 

Lecture - Gladiator Graffiti & Roman Blood Sport: Findings from Aphrodisias by Peter De Staebler

For the past 14 years Dr. Peter De Staebler has conducted the NYU excavations at Aphrodisias, an ancient Greek city in Anatolia, Turkey near the Aegean coast. Unique to this area are hundreds of graffiti messages engraved into stone that reveal what life was like there 1,500 years ago. Researchers have deciphered these messages to reveal many aspects of the city's life, including gladiator combat, chariot racing, religious fighting and sex. De Staebler will overview these findings in context of the spectator buildings the adoption of Roman blood sports in the Greek east of the Roman Empire.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

 

Lecture - Soldiers of Early Texas by John Keahey

 

Historian John Keahey, while in full dress, will explain each item of clothing and equipment of a Texian volunteer and Texian settler who participated in the epic War for Texas Independence (1836-1836). The Texian will then be contrasted with the elaborate European-style uniform of a Mexican foot soldier.

 

Next, Keahey will introduce you to one of the least studied, but at the same time one of the most important events in the development of the United States in the 19th-century--the Mexican War (1845-1848), which confirmed Texas as part of the United States, nearly doubling the size of the US in the quest for manifest destiny. The complete uniforms and equipment of a regular soldier in the US Army will be explained.

 

Member $12, Tickets $18

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