Lots of fun for the loooooong weekend!

It’s Memorial Day weekend – you’ve got lots of time, and we’ve got lots of fun. It’s a match made in weekend heaven.

New Exhibit Now Open!
Ancient Ukraine: Golden Treasures & Lost Civilizations

It’s so new we don’t even have any pictures yet – but you’re not going to want to miss this stunning tour through 6000 years of European archaeology. From Scythian style to Byzantine treasures, it’s an exhibit that’s not to be missed.

Get a preview of the exhibit in our anthropology curator’s introduction to the Trypilian culture.

Texas! The Exhibition
Now Showing

Come And Take It

What’s that you say? Why, it’s the “Come And Take It” cannon – the artillery that started the Texas Revolution. It’s just one of hundreds of objects so closely tied to our great state’s history that you’ll be Remembering the Alamo all over again.

Get set for your visit – preview the exhibit on our Texas exhibit Flickr gallery or take the Think You Know Texas Quiz!

Kick Off The Summer Right!
Visit the Cockrell Butterfly Center

Kick off summer with a visit to the Cockrell Butterfly Center! Wander through a tropical rain forest butterfly habitat, get up close to our living, exotic insect collection and explore our outdoor butterfly garden.

Plant lovers: the Butterfly Center cultivates amazing plants from around the world. Go behind the scenes of our greenhouses in this video!

Can’t see the video? Click here.

2012: Mayan Prophecies
Film Schedule

2012: Mayan Prophecies

The ancient Maya were advanced astronomers who used the movements of the stars to make accurate predictions about their world. In this fascinating new planetarium film, visit the Classic Mayan cities of Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal, and Palenque to discover how the Maya aligned their temples to watch their sky gods and used interlocking calendars to record the past and predict the future.

Through May 29, you can explore our permanent exhibits – including our Mayan gallery of artifacts from this fascinating culture in the Hall of the Americas – for half off when you buy tickets to see the film.

Before you come, check out the 2012: Mayan Prophecies extended trailer and get an inside peek into the extraordinary astronomers of the Maya in our recent post, Chak Ek’.

Can’t Get Enough Astronomy?
Saturday Night Stargazing at the George Observatory

George Observatory

Every Saturday night, our George Observatory is your gateway to the stars! It’s a bit of a drive to get away from the city lights, but once you look through the Gueymard Telescope – one of the largest in the country available for public viewing – you’ll know it was worth it.

Plus – one of the year’s best sights – Saturn! – is out there right now, just waiting to be marveled at. Check out everything you can see in the sky this month – and start planning your trip to the Observatory!

Can’t make it this weekend? No worries – the Observatory will be open on Fridays and Saturdays this summer! June 3 – July 29.

More Fun Than a Barrel of Orangutans
Born To Be Wild 3D in IMAX!

Born To Be Wild
Seriously. They are super cute.

Born To Be Wild 3D documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them—saving endangered species one life at a time.

it’s an amazing story and it features oodles of footage of what you will leave knowing are the two cutest species on earth: baby elephants and baby orangutans.

Check out the film schedule – and learn just what it takes to raise 300 orangutans.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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