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Cultural Feast - Taste-Bud-Tripping Miracle Berry Party


Experience the magic of the miracle berry--that changes sours taste buds into sweet receptors--in the rainforest of the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Along the dramatically lit trails, you will meet the staff and critters of the Butterfly Center and enjoy a variety of foods selected for their high-impact miracle berry transformation.


Much of what is produced here has been associated with love over the centuries, such as chocolate and honey, will be featured this evening. Filled with unexpected sweetness, this Valentine's taste bud trip is perfect for friends and love bugs.


Members $36, Tickets $46


Advance ticket purchase recommended by February 8. 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.

Film Screening - Bridge On the River Kwai with Rear Admiral Sam J. Cox


Join Rear Admiral Sam J. Cox, US Navy (retired), Director of Naval History and Heritage Command for a one-night-only screening of this classic 1957 film.


Among the forced laborers who built the bridge over the River Kwai were American and Australian sailors who survived the sinking of the USS Houston and the HMAS Perth in the Battle of Sunda Strait on March 1, 1942. The 250-mile Thai-Burma Railway, known as the Death Railway, cost the lives of more than 12,000 Allied POWs. The River Kwai Bridge was only one of 688 bridges along the route.


Cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society with support from Schlumberger.


Members $12, Tickets $18

HMNS Girl Scouts - Careers in Science - Energy

Energy - explore the different forms of energy, there sustainability, effects on wildlife and any carbon foot print through a variety of experiments!


Lecture - Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals by Donald Prothero


Complete with full-color reconstructions of the beasts--many never before depicted--along with photographs of amazing fossils from around the world, Dr. Donald Prothero will take us on a journey to the Paleozoic, 65 million years ago after the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. Here mammals became the dominant terrestrial life form. Spectacular beasts such as saber-toothed cats, giant mastodons, immense ground sloths, and gigantic giraffe-like rhinoceroses roamed Earth. Prothero will reveal an up-to-date family tree for each main group of prehistoric fossil mammals taking into account taxonomy and evolutionary history, as well as behavior.


Paleontologist, geologist and science writer Donald R. Prothero of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is author of over 30 books and professor emeritus of geology at Occidental College. Following the lecture, copies of his new book "The Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals" which is considered to be the ultimate illustrated guide to the lost world of prehistoric mammals, will be available for signing by River Oaks Bookstore.


Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - In the Eye of the Storm: Archeology in the Midst of War in Syria by Giorgio Buccellati, Ma


While ISIS threatens the history and cultural identity of the populations under its control, people are fighting their influence in every way they can--for example, by defending their cultural heritage. This presentation will document how an important archaeological site in northeastern Syria, ancient Urkesh has become a beacon of hope. It is the only foreign expedition that has remained active in Syria throughout the entire time of the war, and still is today.


Urkesh was a city-state of the Hurrians within the Mesopotamian cultural sphere. While the Hurrian population died out thousands of years ago, their cultural heritage is still felt as deeply alive: the close collaboration between the expedition and the local stakeholders has become a model of its kind, showing how archaeology can communicate values and help fostering a proud sense of identity.

This evening's lecture presented by Crossroads Cultural Center will be given by three distinguished experts. Dr. Giorgio Buccellati is Director of the Mesopotamian Lab at UCLA’s Cotsen Institute of Archeology. Dr. Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati is director of the Mozan/Urkesh Archaeological Project in Syria. Dr. Charles Stewart is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of St. Thomas.


Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Mapping the Heavens – Black Holes and Dark Matter by Priyamvada Natarajan


Radical ideas--dark matter and black holes--which were just until recently contested within the scientific community, have transformed our cosmic view. Our Universe is expanding at an accelerating pace, propelled by dark energy and structured by dark matter. Dr. Priya Natarajan will discuss how she is now able to map these invisible entities by observing how light bends around them while en route to Earth from distant galaxies. This advancement has led to the discovery of gravitational waves from colliding black holes.

Theoretical astrophysicist Dr. Priya Natarajan is professor of astronomy and physics at Yale University and has been elected into the Explorers Club. Book signing of "Mapping the Heavens, The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos" with River Oaks Bookstore will follow the lecture.


Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Secrets from a Watery Grave: USS Houston and HMAS Perth by Alexis Catsambist


In the early morning of March 1, 1942, under a clear sky and a full moon, the Japanese Imperial navy sank the USS Houston and the HMAS Perth in the battle of Sunda Strait. During the battle, 696 US sailors and marines aboard the Houston and 375 Australian sailors aboard the Perth, including the captains of both ships, lost their lives. Forced into captivity, the survivors became part of the group of men who built the bridge on the River Kwai. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of this tragedy, Dr. Alexis Catsambis of Naval History and Heritage Command will recount the story of the battle and the efforts to preserve the physical and human remains at this sacred spot. As a researcher Catsambis has participated in several dives to both ships.


Maritime archaeologist Dr. Alexis Catsambis holds degrees from the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University and the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity at the University of Birmingham, UK. Alexis serves the Naval History & Heritage Command as an archaeologist and cultural resource manager, providing for the stewardship, research conservation, and curation of the U.S. Navy's sunken craft and associated artifacts.


This event is cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society and HMNS with support from Schlumberger. This lecture is in conjunction with the Julia Ideson Library who is presenting the special exhibition Guardians of Sunda Strait: the Wartime Loss of HMAS Perth and USS Houston.


Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Secrets of the World’s First Gladiator Cemetery by David Jennings

An accidental find in York reveals the world's best preserved Roman gladiatorial burial ground. Archaeologists unearthed a staggering 80 sets of remains. Most were decapitated. The director of the York Archaeological Trust will present exciting new DNA information about these combatants. Bones speak. Discover their stories.


A festive occasion awaits following the lecture--including gladiatorial combat demonstrations by Legio XIII, photo booth complete with gladiator gear and tasty Roman bites to sample.


HMNS & AIA Members $18, Tickets $24

Lecture - Solving the Mystery of Göbekli Tepe: The Oldest Temple on Earth? by Mehmet Ozdogan


Some of the magnificent statues, pillars, temples and reliefs uncovered at Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey date back an astonishing 14,000 years--predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years. In fact, they are the most magnificent and best-preserved artifacts of the Neolithic, a revolutionary period in humankind's cultural evolution that brought us animal husbandry, agriculture and village life, and eventually artisanship, art and religious belief.


This unique archaeology of this site will be presented by Dr. Mehmet Ozdogan, professor emeritus of philosophy and prehistoric architecture at Istanbul University.


This event is cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society and HMNS with support from the Consulate General of Turkey.


Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Women After All: Sex, Evolution, and the End of Male Supremacy by Melvin Konner


Recent human history has upset the natural balance of the sexes that evolved with hunter-gatherer societies, whose culture gave women a prominent place, invented the working mother and respected women's voices around the fire. A world of war has fostered extreme male dominance, but over the past two centuries, an unstoppable move toward equality is afoot. Dr. Melvin Konner will explain how similarities and differences between male and female brains, intelligence and specific dispositions will not be the end of maleness, but will be the end of male supremacy resulting in a better, wiser world for women and men alike.

Melvin Konner, Ph.D., M.D. is in the Anthropology as well as the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology departments at Emory University. He spent two years among the !Kung San Bushmen. After the presentation, copies of his new book "Women After All" and his best-seller "The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit" will be available for signing by River Oaks Bookstore.

This program is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family.


Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture- Our Cosmic Chemistry and Explosive Origins – Yes, We Are Stars! by Carolyn Sumners


Is it true that we really are all made of stardust? In a fusion of chemistry, physics, astronomy and biology, Dr. Carolyn Sumners, HMNS VP of Astronomy, will overview our cosmic chemistry and explosive origins. You will leave appreciating your stellar makeup.


The evening will include a viewing of the film "We Are Stars!"


Members $12, Tickets $18

The Mystery of the Christmas Star


Journey back over 2000 years to Bethlehem as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages. Winner of five Telly Awards.

Amber Secrets: Feathers From the Age of Dinosaurs

Even the thinnest cuticle of a mite and all eight of its many-jointed legs can be preserved perfectly and seen in amber. But the greatest find has been seeing feathers in amber. Are the feathers from dinosaurs? Or birds from the Cretaceous age? See for yourself and decide which amber secrets are revealed.


Members: $5. Adult Tickets: $30.

Bill of Rights: Amending America

Bill of Rights: Amending America commemorates the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document. This exhibition spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), and illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens. Featuring facsimile documents, reproduction artifacts, and interactives from the National Archives, Bill of Rights: Amending America invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document's evolution.


To accompany the exhibition, the Museum will host two "marquee documents" from the collection of the National Archives and the Senate on a rotating basis: a version of the Bill of Rights as passed by the Senate in 1789 amd the New York Ratification of the Constitution, 1788. Please check for specific dates each will be on display.


Member Opening: Friday, September 2nd.


Member Tickets $12.


MEMBERS: please log in to see and reserve Members' First Weekend tickets.


Public Opening: Monday, September 5th.


Adult tickets $30


Death By Natural Causes

Snakes. Spiders. Sharks. the things you fear most are the least of your worries! Death by Natural Causes will introduce you to the rante of "animal, vegetable and mineral" dangers that lurk in the natural world. due to some of the content, this exhibit is not recommended for visitors younger than ten years of age.


Member Opening: Friday, October 21. Member tickets $12. MEMBERS: please log in to see and reserve Members' First Weekend tickets.


Public Opening: Monday, Oct 24. Adult tickets $30.

Faberge: From A Snowflake to an Iceberg

With the addition of over 150 new pieces, this new exhibition showcases 500 jeweled treasures from the world-renowned McFerrin Collection. The exhibition presents a historical overview of the works of the House of Fabergé, as well as the remarkable Russian history relating to the objects on display. Dozens of personal treasures of the Romanov Family including Imperial pieces owned by Nicholas II, Alexander III and their family are featured.


Members: $5. Adult Tickets: $30.

Mummies of the World

Mummies of the World is the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, presenting a never before seen collection of naturally and internationally preserved human and animal mummies. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancient mummies from South America, Europe and ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 4,500 years.


Visitors embark on a journey into the extraordinary world of mummies and mummification. Through modern science, engaging interactives and multimedia exhibits, the exhibition reveals how the scientific studies of mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations.




Black Holes

Embark on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe. What is a black hole? Where do they come from? Where do they go? Witness the bending of light, skewing of perception, and the dizzying descent into a black hole. Explore the latest scientific knowledge on black holes in a show that is visually immersive and very exciting.

This show incorporates some of the most visually stunning three-dimensional effects ever created for the planetarium. Add to that a sound effects track and 5.1 surround sound mix by George Lucas Skywalker Sound Studios and you have an incredible sensory experience.


Members: $4. Adult Tickets: $9.


BTS - Mummies of the World: The Exhibition

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition presents a collection of mummies from Europe, South America and ancient Egypt-some 4,500 years old.


Go behind-the-scenes and learn about mummies and mummification through state-of-the-art multimedia, interactive stations and 3D animation, highlighting advances in the scientific methods used to study mummies, including computed tomography (CT), ancient DNA analysis and radiocarbon dating, all of which allows us to know who these mummified individuals were, where they came from and where they lived.


Among the mummies on display are the Vac Mummies, an entire mummified family from Hungary believed to have died from tuberculosis; the Burns Collection, a group of medical mummies used to teach anatomy in the early 19th century; an Egyptian priest named Nes-Hor who suffered from arthritis and a broken left hip; Egyptian animal mummies including a falcon, fish, dog and baby crocodile, many of which were deliberately preserved to accompany royals for eternity; and MUMAB, the first replication of Egyptian mummification done on a body in 2,800 years.


Members $22, Tickets $39


BTS - Out of the Amazon

HMNS has an unparalleled Amazonia collection which is made up of rare artifacts from thirteen tribes. Priceless pieces of the collection-ceremonial objects, masks, body costumes, headdresses and more-are on display in the special exhibition Out of the Amazon. Tour this temporary exhibition with HMNS master docents who share stories of everyday life among rapidly disappearing indigenous groups.



Members: $17. Adult Tickets: $27.

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