HMNS Weekly Happenings

September 5, 2016


Amending America: The Bill of Rights

Member Opening: Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 | Public Opening: Monday, Sept. 5, 2016
Tickets on sale now.

The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to our Constitution, is rooted in English tradition. Its origin has a remarkable story – beginning with the ideals the colonists had come to expect from government, combined with the novel idea of limiting government. 

The Houston Museum of Natural Science opens Amending America: The Bill of Rights on September 2, 2016. The exhibition will be on view during the 2016 Election and to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights in December 2016. In addition to a replica of the entire Bill of Rights (the original does not travel), this exhibition includes court cases and a replica of the 14th Amendment, which addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws.

Members First Viewing: Friday, Sept. 2 – Sunday, Sept. 4. Members’ tickets are up to 60% off of the public rate! 

Have friends and family in town? Members are invited to bring guests at a discounted public rate to The Bill of Rights Members’ First Viewing!

Coming Soon!


Saturday, Sept. 10 | 9:30 a.m.

This workshop will empower you to go forward to live more sustainably through sharing stories of active projects in the Houston area. Breaking into small groups, we will discuss your ideas for projects, large or small, that you may have envisioned to bring your goals to fruition.

Workshop facilitators are: Ray Sher, Andrew Cobb, Melissa Knox, Cavanaugh Nweze, Gary Edmondson and Juan Espinosa.

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

Close up of an owl eyespot

Close up of an owl eyespot

An Evening with Owls is back!

Friday, Sept. 16 | 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17 | 6:30 p.m.

Whoooo’s looking at you? It’s no feathered owl. It’s an insect! With black spots rimmed by gold and white on their wings that resemble glowing eyes, owl butterflies’ unique camouflage deters potential predators.

These big beauties are especially active at dusk. Spend An Evening with Owls at the Cockrell Butterfly Center and meet this fascinating species up close. Watch hundreds whirl and tumble at twilight, then grab a bite nearby and learn more about their behavior. Tickets on sale now.

Fossil wash

Fossil Wash Day at HMNS at Sugar Land

Saturday, Sept. 17 | 9 a.m. – Noon

Back by popular demand! You have an important role to play in this behind-the-scenes event, searching for bone fragments and objects of interest in dirt excavated from the HMNS dig site near Seymour, Texas. Join us for a morning of fossil fun as we get messy, sorting our stash of red Permian dirt.

Learn how to identify fossil pieces, wash and screen sediments. Watch paleontologists clean and prepare fossils at the Paleo Prep Station or even bring your own fossils for identification. 

Included with regular admission

Authored By Chris Wells

Adventure is my middle name. Well… actually it’s French. Literally, it’s Christopher French Wells. But the spirit of adventure lives in me, and has always inspired me to go out and seek new experiences. I’ve traveled to Europe, Mexico and South America, as well as few places in the U.S. I’ve seen different places with different cultures, learned some things about humanity and about myself in particular. My goal is to lend my unique perspective, carved out of my own triumphs and tragedies, fears and fancies encountered during my years of college and international travel, to the other great voices of this blog. Hopefully to the enjoyment of our readers…

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