HMNS Weekly Happenings


January 13, 2020
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There’s always something to learn at the museum! Whether your New Years resolution is to learn something new or you’re helping your Scout earn badges, HMNS has something for you. Check out our weekly happenings below.

Tuesday, January 14

BEHIND THE SCENES – CHALLENGE USING LEGO® BRICKS

6:00 PM · THE ART OF THE BRICK

The Art of the Brick exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of inspiring artworks made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: the LEGO® brick. Go behind the scenes of the world’s largest display of LEGO art ever assembled with master docents.

CLASS – SPACE OUT! WINTER STARGAZING CLASS

6:00 PM · PLANETARIUM

In this introductory class, museum astronomer James Wooten will guide you through the basics of stargazing, especially those elusive winter constellations. The class will be in the Burke Baker Planetarium where, rain or shine, the night sky of this specific evening will clearly simulated on our 8K dome.

Wednesday, January 15

CLASS – SENIOR SCIENCE: TEXAS WILDLIFE, LONE STAR DIVERSITY

9:00 AM · TEXAS WILDLIFE EXHIBIT

Go on a local safari through the Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife with like-minded learners.

CLASS – SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY: MUSEUM QUALITY IMAGES

6:00 PM · GLASSELL HALL (MAIN)

Learn from our in-house photographer, Michael Rathke, how to make the most out of the camera in your pocket. You will learn some photography basics, as well as out-of-the-box concepts that take your casual shots to the next level.

CLASS – DIY IRL: FORGETTING FOSSIL FUELS – RENEWABLE ENERGY LAB

6:00 PM · LOWER LEVEL CLASSROOMS

Discover the many forms of renewable energy at our fingertips — solar, wind, biofuels, hydropower and geothermal energy.

BEHIND THE SCENES – ANCIENT EGYPT AND THE AFTERLIFE

6:00 PM · ANCIENT EGYPT EXHIBIT

This evening canopic jars, animal mummies, shabtis, coffins and mummies will help you understand why thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt death was not an end, but a beginning.

Thursday, January 16

MEMBER PRIORITY SUMMER SCOUT REGISTRATION OPENS

The HMNS Scouting Program offers badge classes for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, as well as enrichment field trips and events at HMNS facilities in Hermann Park, Sugar Land and Brazos Bend State Park, home of the George Observatory.

Registration for the General Public begins: Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Saturday, January 18

CLASS – DIY IRL: WRITE LIKE AN EGYPTIAN

9:30 AM · LOWER LEVEL CLASSROOMS

People have long been fascinated by Egyptian hieroglyphs, yet in modern times few understand this phonetic language with unique consonant clusters. Now you can learn the basic elements of hieroglyphic inscriptions and practice the artistic language of ancient Egypt.

CLASS – CSI HOUSTON: BLOOD SPATTER

9:30 AM · LOWER LEVEL CLASSROOMS

In this new series of classes, learn the techniques crime scene investigators use to collect and examine evidence. Ages 15 and up only, due to the graphic nature of this class.

CLASS – ORGANICALLY DELICIOUS: GROWING FRUIT TREES IN SMALL SPACES

9:30 AM · LOWER LEVEL CLASSROOMS

Instructor Angela Chandler will teach the techniques known as high density orchard, which enables the urban gardener to quadruple the variety of fruit they can grow in a small space. Co-sponsored by Urban Harvest.

CLASS – CUTTING CLASS: BRAIN, THINK ABOUT IT!

9:30 AM · LOWER LEVEL CLASSROOMS

Put your axons to work as you examine a sheep’s brain and discover that both white and gray matter matter.

FUNDRAISER – ENDLESS LOVE BEGINS

JANUARY 18 – FEBRUARY 14

Want to show your Valentine that your love will last forever? Say it with a cockroach.

You don’t have to capture and gift wrap a cockroach yourself. For just $5, you can actually name one at the Cockrell Butterfly Center. You’ll receive a digital commemorative certificate, like this one, for your Valentine. How’s that for a lasting declaration of love?

Authored By Jilliane Johnson

Jilliane began her HMNS career in Visitor Services, greeting and assisting guests on a daily. Now as a full-time member of Marketing, Jilliane educates visitors and viewers of the various stories and storytellers within the walls. When Jilliane isn't writing, you can find her gaming, spending time with friends and family or watching trashy TV dating shows.

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