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Other Things The Maya Used Their Walls For
December 13, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

The primary purpose of a wall is to hold the ceiling up, but they also get used for a lot of other things that vary depending on culture. Here in Houston we often use the walls in our homes and offices as blank canvases. Walls are also used for storage. Here and now, we store […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
December 11, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

BTS – Knights   Enjoy the Knights special exhibition in the evening when the museum is closed to the public. Your master docent will take you back to the very origins of knighthood, in the days after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. Chivalry, feudalism and knighting will be introduced alongside a wide array […]

The Top 8 Instagram Spots At HMNS This Holiday Season
December 8, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

      It is that time of year where your Instagram feed is #merryandbright. From dogs in Santa hats to beautiful Christmas cookies (seriously when did all my friends become pastry chefs??) to adorable kids crying on Santa’s lap, it seems like everyone is having a holly jolly Christmas.  Do you feel like your […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
December 4, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

Lecture – Armor, Weaponry and Chivalry – the World of Knights by Dirk Van Tuerenhout   The mention “Middle Ages” conjures up thoughts of castles, knights, kings and queens, and poor serfs toiling in the fields. To celebrate the opening of the new Knights exhibition Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, curator of anthropology, will overview of […]

Sky happenings In December 2017
December 3, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  .       Mars is higher in the southeast at dawn than it was last month.  It is in Virgo, leaving Spica and approaching Jupiter in Libra.   Jupiter is low in the southeast at dawn; watch Mars approach it this month.    Saturn is lost in the Sun’s glare and out of […]

Why I’m Glad Chivalry Is Dead!
December 1, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  Everyone knows that Chivalry is dead. But what are the real symptoms that the famous code of honor is no longer adhered to in our society and should we really be sad about that? These days most of us equate chivalry with holding the door open for ladies, pulling out a chair for a […]

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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 […]

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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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What is energy?

S E Zachariah · December 13, 2017, 8:00 pm

Great job....who knew....thank y'all

Cockrell Butterfly Center Fall Plant Sale

Theresa Freiburger · December 6, 2017, 8:05 am

Hi Irma- Thank you for your interest in our Museum! I'd have to agree, it's a pretty special place :) The date of our Spring Plant Sale is Saturday April 14th, 2018 from 9am-noon. If you have any further questions, or ever want to talk more about pollinator gardens, please feel free to contact me at tfreiburger@hmns.org. Theresa Freiburger Horticulurist | Greenhouse Manager Cockrell Butterfly Center

Not that Pope Innocent: Revisiting the fruit cake’s bad rep and the Butter Letter

Rogers Howard · December 4, 2017, 9:16 pm

Nice essay, but it should reference the Freiberg Cathedral (in Saxony), not Freiburg Cathedral (in Breisgau) .. they are 400 miles or so apart.

A New “Lady” in Town, Part I: Why Priscilla the mastodon isn’t a mammoth at all

Bob Thomas · December 2, 2017, 4:31 am

I hope some day Bob T. Bakker will visit La Brea Tar Pits in California where I live. I was born to Go Fishing but when zi was younger our family used to go to Shark Tooth's Hill near Bakersfield. Then you could get the teeth without a permit. Now you get one from the Museum . We used to get the teeth and make coffee cups and paper weights in clear, hard plastic. Have your book and paper back raptor Red.

Cockrell Butterfly Center Fall Plant Sale

Irma Garcia · December 1, 2017, 2:21 pm

Hi, my name is Irma Garcia and we are members of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Our granddaughter just loves to go to the museum every time she comes to visit. We've taken her since she was a little girl. She is 10 now and lives in Dallas. We love the Cockrell Butterfly Museum. I purchase plants from the gift shop every time we go. What is the date of your Spring plant sale? I missed the September sale due to Chemo treatments. Thank you so much for providing these sales and broadening our education on butterflies and butterfly gardening. Irma

Discreet Hoarding: The Mystery of the Disappearing Horses and Cabinets of Curiosity

Kathleen · November 20, 2017, 2:36 pm

Thank you so much! You made my day

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