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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

Class - Fall Gardening

 

After the dog days of summer comes the perfect time to toss together iron rich salad greens, sauté veggie shish kabobs or simmer hardy vegetable soups that your whole family will enjoy. One advantage of living in Houston is how easy it is to grow vegetables in the fall and winter seasons. In this course, instructors Dr. Jean Fefer and Dr. Bob Randall will teach you what, when and where to plant your vegetables; along with soil preparation, seed germination and transplanting. Think you have no space for a garden? Not to worry, as many of these vegetables can be grown in containers on a sunny patio.

 

Fall vegetables may include: lettuce, endive, radicchio, cress, kale, chard, cabbage, collards, bok choy, mustard, mizuna, arugula, kohlrabi, carrot, beet, rutabaga, potato, turnip, parsnip, radish, celeriac, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, snow peas, onions, multiplying onions, leeks, garlic, garlic chives, cilantro/coriander, sorrel, fennel, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, pea shoots and mint.

 

Jean Fefer, Ph.D is a Harris County Master Gardener, an Urban Harvest Organic Vegetable Specialist and a Master Gardener Plant Propagation Specialist. Bob Randall, Ph.D. is the author of "Year Round Vegetables, Fruits, and Flowers for Metro-Houston," 12th edition. Dr. Randall was one of eight cofounders of Urban Harvest in 1994, and retired in 2008 as its executive director.

 

Cosponsored by Urban Harvest. Participants must be at least 15 years of age.

 

Tickets $45, Members $35

Edge of Darkness

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 - Exploring Circuits

 

Circuits are way more fun than the basic electromagnet. In this Maker Lab you'll create wearable circuits, squishy circuits, and copper tape circuits as well as experiment with and create conductive paint.

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.

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.

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

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.

 

 

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