About Bryanna

Bryanna has been with the museum for a few years now in the Collections department (and no, that’s not a part of the accounting department that hounds you for money!) helping take care of the museum’s artifacts, and installing special exhibitions. She never expected to work in a museum until she found a Master’s program in Museum Studies and changed career paths, and only at HMNS does she get to see and experience such a wide range of specimens and exhibits! When not at one of the museum’s many buildings she can usually be found quilting, reading a book, or buying shoes.

Dr. Bob Bakker – Special Appearance!

Dr. Robert T. Bakker, world renowned paleontologist and curator, will be making a special appearance at HMNS at Sugar Land TOMORROW (Friday, July 29th) for our Friday Family Fun Night “Dino-MITE!

Dress as a Paleontologist and enter the dynamic world of dinosaurs! Try your hand at fossil prep and discover real fossil bones! Visit the real fossil petting zoo on your journey down Dinosaur Alley! Snacks, crafts, activities and fun for the whole family! Children must be accompanied by adults and adults must be accompanied by children.

HMNS Fossil Snake CT Scanning at Methodist Hospital
Dr. Bakker analyzes the CT scan of a fossilized snake

Bring your young paleontologist to HMNS at Sugar Land tomorrow night and meet him in person!

There is a limited number of Dr. Bakker’s book “Dino Babies!” available for purchase and he will be signing books and mingling with the crowds from 7:30-9pm.

Tickets available here.

Festivals of the World at HMNS Sugar Land

Come join us this Saturday, December 11 from 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. at HMNS at Sugar Land for our Second Saturday event Festivals Around the World.

In cooperation with PACE (Parents for Academic Excellence), the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land will help children appreciate 7 different cultures from around the world and what makes each one unique. Each culture will have a display, crafts and story time.

For Chinese New Year you will see Chinese clothing, a table setting, zodiac animals and pictures of Chinese New Year celebrations around the world. Participants will learn about the Chinese zodiac, make a zodiac card and complete a zodiac word search.
Story time will feature information about the Chinese Dragon Dance.

The Hanukkah display will feature clothing and jewelry for the holidays, decorations for the holiday season and an example of a traditional meal. For crafts, children will create a Menorah using their hands as patterns and a paper dreidel.

The Cinco de Mayo celebration will feature traditional Pueblan clothing, a display of Cinco de Mayo party decorations and a demonstration of the traditional way of making salsa. Visitors will make a papel picado, which is a type of traditional Mexican folk art.
Story time will feature a Mexican dance!

The festival known as Eid will feature displays of a prayer rug, the Koran, colorful illuminations, crescent moon, patakas (religious flags) and gifts. For crafts, children will make an Eid greeting card and a personal prayer rug.

The Kwanzaa display will feature a traditional table setting with an explanation of what each item means for the holiday. You will see decorations, food, flags, a Unity Cup and much more. Children will make an almost beaded headband.

The Diwali festival will feature clothing and jewelry for the holiday as well as traditional decorations for the holiday season. The craft will be making a paper lantern.
Story time will feature an Indian dance.

The Christmas season will feature displays of holiday items and decorations. For the crafts, children will make reindeer from their footprints and handprints and create a Christmas card using their fingerprints.
Story time will feature Christmas pop-up books.

Parents, bring your camera! Santa will be at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land for the Second Saturday celebration of Festivals Around the World.

This event is included with the price of admission to HMNS at Sugar Land.

Archaeopteryx has arrived in Sugar Land!

Last week a version of the show Archaeopteryx: Icon of Evolution‘ arrived at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land.  There are around 70 authentic fossils on display including the Geosaurs, Guitar Fish, several fossilized corals, insects, fish, plants and a cast of the Thermopolis Archaeoptertyx.

Check out the HMNS exhibit in Focus On: The Thermopolis Archaeopteryx [Pete Larson] from HMNS on Vimeo.

There have been lots of posts in the past year on the Archaeopteryx show here on the blog so take some time to refresh your memory on all there is to know!  And then come down the HMNS at Sugar Land to see these amazing and one of a kind pieces for yourself!

Second Saturday – Celebrating Texas Pioneers

Celebrating Texas Pioneers is the theme for Novembers Second Saturday event at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land.

Downtown we are exhibiting Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Islandwhich explores the history of Galveston Island acting as a port of entry for immigrants to America.  At our Second Saturday event in Sugar Land, you can investigate what life was like for the immigrants who left everything behind to become Texans. Participate in crafts that are appropriate for this era like creating your own family tree, and learning how to weave and quilt.  Also make memory trunks by deciding what would your pack if you had to immigrate and could only pack a single bag.  There will also be story time, and the opportunity to learn the origin of Fredericksburg’s famous Easter Fires!

This event is November 13, 2010 from 10 am to 2 pm at HMNS – Sugar Land.  Free with museum admission.