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Head Back To School with Museum Worthy Style
August 22, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  Nothing eases the first day of school blues like the smell of new school supplies. Whether it’s pre-school, elementary, secondary, high school, or college we’ve got many funky supplies for everyone.  Accessorize! Bring out that funky style with cool gadgets. Like the spooled cord and earbud storage. Store your earbuds without the tangles when […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
August 21, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

BTS – 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 […]

Buttercream: The Icing On Our Delicious Cake Experiment!
August 18, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  So.  Buttercream. I make one heck of a delicious buttercream frosting. Only problem is that it isn’t technically buttercream because I don’t use eggs. If you are a real baker, you might recognize my frosting as a delicious abomination called “American Buttercream”.  If you’re good, I’ll give you the recipe at the end of […]

Tales From Tanzania Revisited!
August 17, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  It’s Throwback Thursday again! Want to learn about making beer, wedding skirts and attaching to chameleons with the Irqw people of Tanzania? Then read THIS ARTICLE penned by our Vice President of Youth Education Nicole Temple back in 2013!

Make Your own Solar Eclipse Viewer!
August 16, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

As we near the end of summer, we begin to look forward to the new school year! For some of us, the school year begins a bit early, and for others, it starts the very last Monday of August.   If you are looking for an end of summer celebration or a fun activity to […]

How to Make a Hot Glue Caterpillar
August 15, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

                    It seems a strange mix, but hot glue is a wonderful medium to work into a caterpillar design.      Materials:                   –  Hot glue gun                 –  Wax paper                 –  Colored glue sticks                 –  Scissors (optional)     **Note: I use a fine tip glue gun.  You can […]

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Katydid!…Did she?

Olive – a Giant Long-Legged Katydid from Malaysia – was with us for only a few days, however, she left us with a precious gift; her eggs! Now, will those eggs hatch? We’re keeping our fingers crossed over here that we’ll soon be seeing some cute little katydid babies! This insect has quickly become my […]

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Have you ever seen a piece of art or craft that you think to yourself “I could do that!” but of course you never act on it?  Well, some people do act on that impulse and I’m going to show you how to do just that.  Every now and then I get a phone call from […]

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Richard Dowling, The Battle of Sabine Pass, and The Davis Guards Medal

David Gregory · August 21, 2017, 4:01 am

Where is a list of those who served with Maj. Dick Dowling at Sabine Pass

Katydid!…Did she?

Mariah · August 17, 2017, 9:45 pm

I need help. Our Katydid is all curled up with her optivisor in the soil and her face right next to it. Does this mean she is laying eggs and if yes is she going to die? :( It is pretty big and obviously an adult but we just got her so I don't know if this is her last batch

Look What I Found! Exotic insects in the Houston area

Leigh · August 15, 2017, 9:32 am

Well, this answer is six years late in coming, but if the stinger is 3/4ths of its body, you probably saw some kind of vinegaroon, like a whip scorpion. They have no venom glands but can spray vinegar or other acids. Overall they are not dangerous.

Get dirty doing real paleontology during Fossil Wash Day in Sugar Land

Katherine Moore · August 12, 2017, 4:18 pm

I am interested in participating in the Fossil Wash - do I need to register, or just show up? What should I bring?

HMNS Weekly Happenings

Janie · August 10, 2017, 11:49 pm

Where will the observatory telescopes be available until 2 AM? Will it be at the museum in Houston or the George Observatory in Needville? Thanks. Where do I buy tickets?

Beach Bugs!

Ray Simpson · August 8, 2017, 11:22 am

The sea flea that every one talks about are called Sandy Loppers.I have seen millions of them.One of our local beaches near Berwick-upon-Tweed named the "Sandy Beds" One evening I climbed down onto this beach,the sand was alive with them they feed on dead sea weed that has been buried by Winter Storms also dead things that get washed up.They don't attack humans. They are small shrimp like with two black eyes on the side of their heads and can swim very fast in water.

How Long Do Butterflies Live? New Data From The Butterfly Center Gives Us Some Answers

Kathryn Hokamp · August 7, 2017, 4:38 pm

You can send the photos to khokamp@hmns.org! Thanks for participating in our study!

Hawaii—a geology nerd’s wonderland

Jane Ambrose · August 7, 2017, 8:32 am

My son has to do a geology project for school, so I'm helping him do research on the rocks found in Hawaii and how they form. I had no idea that because the level that makes up the islands is basaltic, they are full of magnesium and iron. Hawaii seems like a unique place with a lot of really great features and history to it. I'll be sure to use this information to teach my son more about these islands! Thank you for the information.

How Long Do Butterflies Live? New Data From The Butterfly Center Gives Us Some Answers

Shelley Porter · August 6, 2017, 7:57 pm

I have three numbered butterflies we spotted on 8/5. # 141, 144 and 138. Not sure who to send photos to.

Building an exhibit-The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story

Kaleb · August 5, 2017, 9:07 pm

Was this just a one-time exhibit? I got to see it but would love an opportunity to see something like this again

What would YOU ask a Paleontologist?

Bryeana Grooms · August 1, 2017, 10:37 pm

Hi. I'm wanting to study paleontology at a good college. I live in Houston, Texas, and I don't know which college I should go to for this career. I have always been wanting to study paleontology for as long as I can remember. Do you have any good suggestions for college? I would really, really appreciate it if you could give a few suggestions. -Bryeana

Beach Bugs!

Erin M. · July 31, 2017, 1:52 pm

Hard to say! Most likely it was not chiggers, you don't feel those biting you. The saltmarsh mosquitoes in Galveston are really bad and their bites sting! That would probably be my best guess!

Scott · July 30, 2017, 2:11 pm

Trying to figure out what get the heck bit us up last night at Crystal Beach in Galveston we were laying in the sand at night around 11 o'clock had no problem but then all the sudden we started being bit by something have bites all over my back that look like mosquito bites or chigger bites it was so bad we had to leave can't figure out what it was any idea

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Zoë Schmidt · July 27, 2017, 6:21 pm

Hi there! I just finished watching the youtube series on butterfly taxidermy, it was wonderful! I was hoping to contact the entomogly dept. at HMNS in hopes of taking a few deceased specimens off their hands. I tried multiple combinations of the website (verbally) provided, but to no avail! Unless of course, I have now arrived at the right website! There are mostly moths in my residential area, but I would love to be able to hand preserve something more exotic. If specimens are unavailable through HMNS, would anyone happen to know of any good butterfly friendly locations where it is LEGAL to take deceased specimens off site? Thanks!


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