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BTS - Faberge Artisan Demonstration and Tour

 

Fabergé craftsmen innovated and perfected numerous gemstone-cutting and metalsmithing techniques. During this exclusive evening, several of these techniques--cabochon fashioning, stone faceting, stone carving, enameling, guilloche, chasing, repoussé--will be demonstrated by artists of the Houston Museum of Natural Science Volunteer Guild known as the Rock Stars. In addition to artisan demonstrations, this evening includes a guided tour of the new exhibition "Fabergé: Royal Gifts featuring the Trellis Egg Surprise."

 

Members $22, Tickets $39

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 - Vanishing Arts: Highlights from the Beasley-Hwang Collection

 

Over a period of several decades, two medical doctors studied Hepatitis B in Asia. This husband and wife team, Dr. Palmer Beasley and Dr. Lu Yu Hwang, took advantage of their travels abroad to collect artifacts wherever they went. Sadly, Dr. Beasley passed away in 2012, and the Museum received their collection shortly thereafter.

 

The exhibit presents highlights from this collection, which includes objects from Taiwan, mainland China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Mexico, the United States and Canada. Close to fifty objects are displayed, with photographs, and videos showcasing how they were made and used.

 

This special after-hours tour is led by Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, HMNS Curator of Anthropology.

 

Members $17, Tickets $27

Cultural Feast - Gladiator Banquet - Roman Spectacle and Cuisine

 

On the evening before spectacles were staged at the Colosseum, gladiators attended lavish banquets hosted by aristocratic and wealthy citizens. Fine, prepared foods were served at these lavish affairs--a contrast to the gladiators primarily vegetarian diet. In the spirit of the Roman love of spectacle and cuisine, culinary historian Merrianne Timko and Chef Luis Rubio of La Griglia have collaborated on a menu capturing the flavors of ancient Rome and the provinces from which many gladiators hailed.

 

This evening is hosted at La Griglia.

 

Members $95, Tickets $115

 

Advance ticket purchase recommended by April 12. No refunds will be made 72 hours before the event, however tickets can be transferred to another individual. Please notify webmaster@hmns.org with your name, transaction number, and name of the guests using your tickets.

Excursion - Gulf Coast Shelling with Tina Petway

 

Hit our area's top seashell sites when the tides are at their best for finding a variety of species. Tina Petway, HMNS malacologist, will lead the group to the best spots for collecting and help identify your shells. Participants will meet in Galveston at 7 a.m. and caravan to the various sites. Those registered will receive directions and packing list prior to the trip.

 

Members $32, Tickets $42

Excursion - Paleo-Ecology Field Trip, Jesse Jones Park

 

This offsite workshop uses Jesse H. Jones Park as a classroom for an in-depth study of paleo-ecology with James Washington, who has visited this site for scientific observation for a decade. Washington utilizes in situ rocks, fossils, soils and flora to teach the connections between sedimentary rocks and the environments that create them.

 

Participants will meet at the park and must be capable of trekking unpaved terrain for 2 hours. Minimum age is 15.

 

Members $30, Tickets $40

 

Advance ticket purchase recommended by April 12. No refunds will be made 72 hours before the event, however tickets can be transferred to another individual. Please notify webmaster@hmns.org with your name, transaction number, and name of the guests using your tickets.

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.

 

 

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum Members Event

 

Gladiator combat has evolved into one of the defining symbols of ancient Roman culture. 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.

Lecture & Tour - Evening with the Collectors: Frank and Carol Holcomb, Mapping Texas

 

Frank and Carol Holcomb, of Houston, have been collecting maps since 1978. Their collection emphasizes color and rarity and consists of over 80 maps, dated between 1513 and 1904. These collected works cover the entire Western Hemisphere, with a primary focus on Texas and the United States. Nineteen maps from their world-class, private collection are on display at HMNS in this exhibition. These have been digitized by the General Land Office's Save Texas History program to provide access to historians and the public.

 

Following the presentation, those in attendance will be invited to view the special exhibition "Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State."

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Faberge's Animals: Miniature Menagerie of Grandeur by Caroline de Guitaut

 

In celebration of the arrival of the jeweled elephant surprise coming from Queen Elizabeth's Collection to be reunited with its Imperial egg, Caroline De Guitaut will present an overview of Fabergé animals. The animal figurines created by Fabergé work masters include various subjects and styles, from opulent enameled and jeweled pieces to realistic hardstone carvings.

 

Some were created as royal gifts and others commissioned for personal enjoyment. The largest of the later is the hardstone carvings of all the creatures, domestic and wild, on the sprawling country estate of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in Norfolk.

 

Caroline De Guitaut is a curator at the Royal Collection Trust in London. Among the items in her care are the crown jewels, Princess Diana's wedding dress, palace artwork, and thousands of other treasures.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Morituri te salutant: Life and Death in the Arena by Dirk Van Tuerenhout

 

With roots going back to Ancient Greek history, the institution of Roman gladiators is one of the better known aspect of Ancient Roman society. HMNS curator of anthropology Dr. Dirk Van Turenhout will address their story, going beyond the gore and violence, and answer questions such as: What are the roots of gladiatorial combat? Who were these individuals? What was the function of gladiatorial games? What kinds of gladiators can we identify?

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Rocks & Minerals of the Ancient World

 

Fossils, minerals and rocks have been around since before human civilization, yet the sciences to study them have only been established for a couple of hundred years. Learn how the balance between natural resource abundancy and human ingenuity gave rise to the greatest monuments in the ancient world.

 

Emphasizing the ancient Egyptians, Maya, Aztec, tribes of the Amazon, as well as the American Plains, Southwest, and Northeast--James Washington will explain the specific geologic conditions that gave humanity the building materials to create the mega structures, mythologies and wealth of the ancient world using pieces from the museum exhibit halls as examples. Following the presentation, the audience will be invited to see a few select exhibits.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Roman Legionnaires - The Soldiers of the Roman Empire by John Keahey

 

Each item of armor, weaponry and equipment of the typical Roman legionary soldier from 1 to 300 A.D. will be explained by historian John Keahey, while in character. The Roman auxiliary soldier, who was recruited from non-Roman tribe and could earn Roman citizenship through his service, will also be examined. The discussion will include the living conditions and daily lives of these soldiers.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Sex in the Fossil Record by James Washington

 

One of the driving forces of Darwinian evolution is reproduction in all its forms. In this presentation, paleontologist James Washington will focus on the myriad of methods used to continue species by passing on genetic material from one generation to the next. You will learn of various pressures of sexual selection among animal classes, including courting and mating. Many examples will come from the HMNS paleontology collection.

 

James Washington is staff trainer at the Museum. His areas of expertise are geology and paleontology.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

May the Fourth Be With You Mixer

 

Houston we've detected signs of intelligent life...at Mixers & Elixirs! Head over to HMNS for our May the Fourth Be With You party. Celebrate your inner rebel while enjoying music and drinks. Party or party not. There is no try.

 

Band: Space Rockers

 

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

 

7 p.m.-10 p.m.

 

Members $15, Tickets $25

Sweet - A Tasty Journey

 

Unwrap a world of flavorful fun in an interactive and magical setting! Explore the world of all that's sweet as you learn about candy ingredients from a 'farm to fork' perspective. Get the stories behind the label, go on an educational journey into the nuts and bolts of the candy and chocolate-making process and read the fascinating stories of famous candy makers and chocolatiers. Or think about candy in a new way as you learn the role it plays in celebrations and special occasions around the world. From artistic graphics, to the Rock Candy Mountain, to video and audio displays, this exhibit holds the perfect blend of education techniques....plus all out fun!

 

Members $3, Public $16

Sweet: A Tasty Journey Members Event in HMNS at Sugar Land

 

Children's crafts, refreshments and cash bar

 

Sweet: A Tasty Journey takes a nostalgic look at the confections beloved by generations of Americans. The exhibition serves a healthy helping of brain food, teaching all about California's "farm to fork" role in candy-making.

 

Please log in for member ticket availability.

 

This is a members-only event! To join, visit www.hmns.org/membership.

 

The Big Bang Ball After Party

HMNS and our Gala Chairs are inviting young professionals to attend the 2017 Gala: The Big Bang Ball- After Party. Guests will enjoy the latter half of the event, including drinks, dancing, nitro treats and participation in our silent auction. Tickets for Catalyst Members are being offered at a membership rate of $125. Please provide each guests’ name if purchasing additional tickets. For questions or more information please contact Emily Brents at ebrents@hmns.org or 713.639.4729.

 

Note: There will be no physical tickets for this event. Guests will check in at the museum entrance with their photo ID.

Benefactor

  • Membership benefits for two adults and up to four children and grandchildren age 18 and under.
  • Unlimited free admission to HMNS exhibit halls year-round.
  • Free admission to the permanent exhibitions at the new Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land.
  • Discount admission to all ticketed special exhibitions, the Cockrell Butterfly Center, the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre and the Burke Baker Dome Theatre.
  • Reduced rates for lectures, classes and special events.
  • 10% discount on all merchandise in all Museum shops.
  • Early & discounted registration for X·plorations summer camps for children and grandchildren.
  • Free subscription to MuseumNews members  magazine and calendar.
  • Invitations to Members-only special events, previews, and Stargazing Nights.
  • Members-only ticket line.

PLUS:

  • Invitation for four guests to Members- only exhibition previews and events.
  • Invitation for two to one President s Circle event per year.
  • Two free tickets for admission to special exhibitions.
  • HIGH PRIORITY registration for X·plorations summer camps.
  • 20% total discount on all merchandise in all Museum shops.
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