Come face to face with the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. The exhibit provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world including Europe, South America and Ancient Egypt, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. With over 1.5 million nationwide visitors experiencing Mummies of the World to date, the display at The Houston Museum of Natural Science is the regional premiere!
Embark on a journey into the extraordinary world of mummies and mummification. Through modern science, engaging interactive and multi-media exhibits featuring 3-D animation, explore how mummies are created, where they come from and who they were. Using state-of-the-art scientific methodology, discover how modern science enables researchers to study mummies through innovative and non-invasive ways, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations.
What secrets do mummies hold about the past? What clues do they bring us for the future? A journey awaits as we unravel their mysteries.
Exhibit Ends May 29th!
Behind the Scenes Tour- 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.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – 6:00 PM
Members $22, Tickets $39
Behind the Scenes Tour – 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.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – 6:00 PM
Members $17, Tickets $27
Lecture – Yuri’s Night: An Echo of Spaceflight by David Kring
This evening’s presentation will celebrate the launch of the first human in space, the flight of Yuri Gagarin on this day in 1961, and the first flight of the Space Shuttle on this day in 1981, with a look forward to the possibilities of human spaceflight aboard NASA’s new Orion crew vehicle as it travels around the farside of the Moon, which is the nearest, most accessible unexplored region in the Solar System.
This event is sponsored by Lunar and Planetary Institute.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 6:30 PM
Members $12, Tickets $18