Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 4/11-4/17

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Aileen and Adam Xu (ages: 14 & 17):

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Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour – Amber Secrets, Feathers from the Age of Dinosaurs
Monday, Apr. 11
6:00 p.m.
Amber Secrets, Feathers from the Age of Dinosaurs features over 100 specimens dating as far back as 99 million years ago. Plants, fungus, vertebrates and invertebrates such as insects, spiders, scorpions, snails, millipedes and centipedes are represented. Highlights include feathers and lizards encapsulated in amber. Each polished translucent gem provides a window to the time of the dinosaurs. Tour this special exhibition with a master docent in the evening while the Museum is closed to the public.

Class – Contain Yourself: Organic Gardening for City Lifestyles
Wednesday, Apr. 13
10:00 a.m.
You want to grow your own food, but your outdoor space is limited. What to do if you live in a townhouse with a small yard or an apartment with a balcony? Container gardening is your answer. Learn what kind of containers, soils and varieties of plants to use when growing fruit trees, herbs, vegetables and flowers.
Sponsored by Urban Harvest.

Family Space Day at the George Observatory
Saturday, Apr. 16
Blast into outer space on a simulated space flight to the Moon! The Expedition Learning Center at the George Observatory will be open for individual children and adults to sign up for missions. No danger is involved! Astronauts are assigned jobs aboard the Space Station Observer and work together as they solve problems and have fun. Volunteers who work at NASA will run the missions and visit with the participants. Don’t miss this special opportunity to participate in real astronaut training!

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 3/14-3/20

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Landon (age: 5):

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Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty.

Visit HMNS For Spring Break! 
Extended Hours at all HMNS branches:

  • HMNS Hermann Park (March 12-20) – Monday-Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • HMNS at Sugar Land (March 12-20) – Monday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • George Observatory – The George Observatory will be open two extra days for Spring Break – Tuesday, March 15, and Friday, March 18, from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

New Special Exhibition Tourmaline Treasures Now Open!
The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents an intimate “jewel-box” exhibition of the world’s finest naturally crystallized tourmalines in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals through September 1, 2016.
The exhibit is organized around the “Rose of Itatiaia” tourmaline from the Jonas Mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil. This special tourmaline is the highlight and centerpiece of the exhibition. Other “masterpiece” specimens from the most famous mines in the world include the Tourmaline Queen Mine, in California; the Paprok Region in Nuristan, Afghanistan, the Mt. Mica in Maine, the Stewart Mine in San Diego County, California; Anjanabonoina region in Madagascar, the Pedeneira Mine in Brazil; the Malkhan Mine in Russia, the Alto Ligonha region of Mozambique, etc.
This is a unique opportunity to see these famous tourmalines all under one roof for a limited time. Don’t miss it.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/22-2/28

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Ahab:

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Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty.

Film Screening – The Blood & The Rose (Spanish)
Monday, Feb. 22
6:00 p.m.
Filmada en locaciones en México y España, La sangre y la rosa ofrece fascinantes entrevistas con grandes expertos en los campos de la ciencia, historia y teología, explorando el misterio de la tilma de San Juan Diego y la milagrosa imagen que lleva. Más que una historia sobre un evento distante, este documental también muestra cuántos emulan hoy a San Juan Diego, ampliando el mensaje de la Virgen de Guadalupe, Emperatriz de las Américas y Patrona de vida, en la cultura moderna.

Film Screening – The Blood & The Rose (English)
Tuesday, Feb. 23
6:00 p.m.
Shot on location in Mexico and Spain, The Blood & The Rose offers riveting interviews with top experts in the fields of science, history and theology, exploring the mystery of St. Juan Diego’s tilma and the miraculous image that it bears. More than just a story about a distant event, this documentary also shows how many today emulate St. Juan Diego today, broadening the message of the Virgin of Guadalupe-Empress of the Americas and Patroness of Life-into modern culture.

Class – An Overview of the Energy Industry
Thursday, Feb. 25
8:00 a.m.
This course is led by experts in the fields of upstream, downstream and energy economics in the 21st century, including energy alternatives. Breakfast, lunch and a tour of the Wiess Energy Hall are included.

World Trekkers: Peru
Friday, Feb. 26
6:30 p.m.
Bring your family to HMNS and you can travel the globe with World Trekkers! The perfect family outing, these events highlight a diverse set of cultures from around the world through food, entertainment, arts and crafts and more. This February we’re heading off to Peru. But no need to pack your bags – HMNS brings the world to you with World Trekkers!

Class – Minerals and Rocks of the Ancient World
Saturday, Feb. 27
9:00 a.m.
Go behind-the-scenes in the Museum’s staff training lab where hundreds of specimens are uniquely presented in a hands-on road maps.
Fossils, minerals and rocks have been around since before human civilization, yet the sciences to study them have only been established for about two hundred years! Learn how the balance between natural resource abundancy and human ingenuity gave rise to the greatest monuments in the ancient world.

Class – Introduction to Paleontology: Decoding the Fossil Record
Saturday, Feb. 27
1:00 p.m.
Go behind-the-scenes in the Museum’s staff training lab where hundreds of specimens are uniquely presented in a hands-on road maps.
Covering specimens from the earliest life-forms to advanced invertebrates and vertebrates alike, this workshop focuses on the origin of the fossil record as well as the various methods of fossilization. To complete your understanding of the topics covered, you will be encouraged to touch and examine a variety of specimens composed of actual fossils, models and images.

Family Space Day at the George Observatory
Saturday, Feb. 27
Multiple mission times available
Blast into outer space on a simulated space flight to the Moon! The Expedition Learning Center at the George Observatory will be open for individual children and adults to sign up for missions. No danger is involved! Astronauts are assigned jobs aboard the Space Station Observer and work together as they solve problems and have fun. Volunteers who work at NASA will run the missions and visit with the participants. Don’t miss this special opportunity to participate in real astronaut training!

 

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 1/11-1/17

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Richard.

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Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our brand-new Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty.

Lecture – Visualizing Guadalupe: From Black Madonna to Queen of the Americas by Jeanette Peterson
Tuesday, Jan. 12
6:30 p.m.
The Virgin of Guadalupe is famously migratory, traversing continents and crossing and recrossing oceans. The Virgin’s earliest cult originated in medieval Europe, where the Black Madonna of Spain played a significant role in the Reconquista and garnered royal backing. The Spanish Guadalupe accompanied the conquistadors as part of the spiritual arsenal used to Christianize the Americas, where new images of the Virgin acted as catalysts to implant her devotion within multiethnic constituencies. Dr. Jeanette Peterson will trace the symbolic and racial implications of the shift from the Spanish black Madonna to the brown-skinned Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Americas.

Lecture – The U-2 Incident: Facts and Fictions by Francis Gary Powers, Jr.
Wednesday, Jan. 13
6:30 p.m.
U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers and Soviet spy Rudolph Abel walked across the “Bridge of Spies” to their respective freedom on May 1, 1960 in Potsdam. Abel was welcomed home as a hero to the Soviet Union. But Powers returned home labeled a traitor in the media. Using FOIA requests, declassified files and his father’s memoirs, Francis Gary Powers, Jr., the Cold War pilot’s son, will reveal the full story of what actually happened in this most sensational espionage case in Cold War history. The truth allowed his father to justly emerge as a Cold War hero, eventually decorated with a Silver Star posthumously.

This insider account of the Cold War spy exchange is now the subject of the major motion picture Bridge of Spies by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks. Francis Gary Powers, Jr. is founder and chairman emeritus of The Cold War Museum in Vint Hill, Virginia 40 miles from Washington, DC. Books Strangers on a Bridge by James Donovan and Operation Overflight Francis Gary Powers will be available following the lecture.

Class – Get a New Telescope?
George Observatory 
Saturday, Jan.16
1:00 p.m.
Did you get a new Refracting or Reflecting telescope for Christmas? (non-electronic or computerized telescopes) Come let an expert astronomer teach you how to set it up your scope so that it will work. It’s not as easy as the box would lead you to believe! After you have helpit will be easy to use. The astronomer will help you set up and learn some stars so that you will be successful. Bring all the parts and the instructions that came with the new telescope. If you want to stay later, you can allow the public to come look through your new scope and see how much fun it is to volunteer at the George Observatory.

Class – Get a New Go-To & Computerized Telescope?
George Observatory 
Saturday, Jan. 16
3:00 p.m.
Did you get a new Go-To & Computerized telescope for Christmas? Come let an expert astronomer teach you how to set it up and polar align your scope so that it will work. It’s not as easy as the box would lead you to believe! After you have help…it will be easy to use. The astronomer will help you set up and learn stars to line up with so that you will be successful. Bring all the parts and the instructions that came with the new telescope. If you want to stay later, you can allow the public to come look through your new scope and see how much fun it is to volunteer at the George Observatory.