Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 6/15-6/21

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Lecture – Climate And The Demise Of Maya Civilization By Andre Droxler
RESCHEDULED to Monday, June 29
6:30 p.m.
Climate conditions in the Maya’s time can be retrieved from the earth revealing that climate conditions influenced the destiny of the Maya. Geological data from Belize’s Central Shelf Lagoon and Blue Hole, areas proximal to where Maya Civilization thrived and then abruptly collapse are revealing that weather—rainfall fluctuations and frequent tropical cyclones—may have forced the Maya to abandon their sophisticated cities. Dr. André Droxler of the Center for the Study of the Environment and Society at Rice University will explain how Earth science is helping decode the history of the Maya. A special evening screening of Fate of the Maya in the Burke Baker Planetarium at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Nautilus Live!
Wednesday-Sunday 
1:00 p.m.
Nautilus Live Using telepresence technology and 9 video projectors, the planetarium transports you to the Exploration Vessel Nautilus as it investigates the ocean floor. From ocean creatures to shipwrecks and black smokers, you will be part of the action, talking directly with a researcher on board the Nautilus. This is a unique LIVE full-dome experience and virtual ocean adventure. 

Behind-the-Scenes Jedi – Samurai Tour
Thursday, June 18
6:00 p.m.
Armored warriors of the past inspired the creative genius of a filmmaker-in a galaxy not so far away. In this multimedia tour of the Samurai: The Way of the Warrior exhibit–led by HMNS staff and a few guest Jedi, Sith and samurai guides–the origins of many of George Lucas’ Star Wars heroes and villains will be unveiled. You will also enjoy demonstrations of light saber and kendo katana. The compelling links between Samurai and Jedi will build your appreciation for both.

Take Two: Jaws (1975)
Friday, June 19
7:00 p.m.
When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.

 

 

 

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 4/13-4/19

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NOW OPEN! Special Exhibition – China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery Of Sanxingdui 
The Sanxingdui culture left no written record or human remains and appears to have existed for only about 500 years before it vanished. In 2001, another archaeological discovery, this time in the city of Chengdu at Jinsha, revealed possible clues to the mystery of where they might have gone. This exhibition will present many of the most important discoveries from both Sanxingdui and Jinsha and examine the great mystery of where this 3500 year old culture could have come from and where and why they abruptly vanished.

Organized by the Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Cultural Relics Bureau of Sichuan Province, Peoples Republic of China.

Major funding provided China Southern Airlines. Local support provided by Kathrine G. McGovern/McGovern Foundation.

Film Screening – The Hadza: Last Of The First With David Banks
Monday, April 13
6:30 p.m.
Look into the origins of human civilization–Africa’s Rift Valley, home of the unique but imperiled Hadza people. As east Africa’s last remaining community of hunter-gatherers, the Hadza have lived sustainably off the Tanzanian land for more than 50,000 years. But their way of life, which harkens back to that of our earliest ancestors, is now under attack. The film will be introduced by David Banks, director of the Nature Conservancy’s Africa program and the film’s producers. This exclusive one-night-only screening of The Hadza: Last of The First is the Texas film premiere. This event is co-sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, which is committed to helping protect the land that is so critical to the Hadza’s survival. Banks will share his experiences working alongside the Hadza people to conserve their homeland and way of life. You will also have the opportunity to chat with Laura Huffman, state director of The Nature Conservancy in Texas, who will discuss how conservation projects in Texas inform the Conservancy’s work in Africa and elsewhere

Film Screening – Seven Sumurai with Mark Kerstein
Tuesday, April 14
6:30 p.m.
One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai tells the story of a 16th century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. Filmmaker Akira Kurosawa weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into this tale of courage and hope. The film will be introduced by Mark Kerstein, J.D. of Hokushikan Chiba Dojo. (This film is 3 hours.)

This event is cosponsored by Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Class – Planting a Butterfly Garden
Saturday, April 18
09:00 a.m.
Natural butterfly habitats are shrinking every day. You can help our native butterflies by creating new habitat right in your own yard or patio. Learn which butterflies occur in our area, which plants the adults and baby butterflies (caterpillars) need to survive, and where to get plants that lure them in. Take home a plant and seeds to get you started. This class is followed by a tour of our greenhouses and butterfly-rearing operation. Soni Holladay, HMNS horticulturist and greenhouse manager, leads this class.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 3/16-3/22

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Add some science to your Spring Break!
HMNS – Hermann Park
Check out our five special exhibitions: Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Samurai: The Way of the Warrior, Shark!, Faberge: From a Snowflake to an Iceberg, and Gemstone Carvings! Watch the newly released film, Humpback Whales 3D, in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre. Be sure to stop by the Morian Hall of Paleontology during your visit to see our favorite Diplodocus, Dipsy, who was recently installed.

HMNS at Sugar Land
HMNS at Sugar Land has extended Spring Break hours from March 7-22: 
Monday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Explore the special exhibition Crystals of India, take part in the P.A.W.S. Reading Program this weekend, and more at HMNS at Sugar Land!

The George Observatory
Bring your family out to Brazos Bend State Park to enjoy the George Observatory. Amateur astronomers also bring an array of telescopes for you to look through and learn about the night sky. Come early to enjoy a Discovery Dome movie and look at the Sun with our solar scope.

 

 

Get ready for cuteness overload: Tiny Giants 3D showing now in the GST!

Learn about the amazing trials and tribulations of a mighty chipmunk and a daring mouse from their own tiny perspective in Tiny Giants 3D now showing in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre!

Come on an extraordinary adventure into magical worlds beneath our feet that most of us never see – one where life is lived at an extraordinary intensive pace, where everything we know seems turned on its head. Experience the hidden kingdoms of the Enchanted Forest and the unforgiving desert of the Wild West. From BBC Earth, this is the story of a day in the life of two little heroes: a scorpion mouse and a chipmunk. For each of them this will be a day they never forget. It’s a story of drama, danger and courage, of insight and revelation, a journey to discover and understand a new and fascinating natural history.