Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 4/25-5/1

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Miles Sparks (age: 8):

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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 – Fabergé: A Life of Its Own with Dorothy McFerrin
Monday, Apr. 25
6:30 p.m.
Released in June 2015, the documentary “Fabergé: A Life of Its Own,” tells the fascinating story behind of one of the most prestigious names in luxury from the Russian revolution to today. This program is cosponsored by Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour – La Virgen de Guadalupe
Tuesday, Apr. 26
6:00 p.m.
Going back to the 8th century in a struggle between Muslim and Spanish naval forces and on to the appearance in the Aztec capital in the 15th century, Virgin of Guadalupe was adopted as a symbol in Europe and the New World during times of friction. Through the artwork and artifacts on display, your guide will trace the increasing role the Virgin of Guadalupe played in society.

Class – Amber Workshop
Tuesday, Apr. 26
6:00 p.m.
Join paleontologist David Temple for an examination of these amazing natural time capsules. This amber workshop includes time in the Amber Secrets, Feathers from the Age of Dinosaurs exhibition, Morian Hall of Paleontology, and in the classroom where you will polish a piece of raw amber that will be yours to keep.

 

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 4/18-4/24

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Fritz (age: 12):

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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.

Lecture – Creation of the World, Ancient Egyptian Creation Myths by Regine Schulz
Monday, April 18
2:30 p.m.
The ancient Egyptian religious system was one of the most successful and longest-lasting in antiquity. The success was based on a staggering of the ancient openness and adaptability of the system that could respond flexibly to problems, changing needs or new insights. Therefore, divergent conceptions and ritual traditions were combined without compromising the underlying ideas and structures. From today’s perspective, the explanatory models of the ancient Egyptians dealing with questions about the origin and preservation of the world reveals an almost modern acting cognitive interest and a very rational use of the time of the facts available. Their pursuit of authentic metaphysical truths has been therefore never far from reality, but very closely linked to the observation and analysis of their environment. Here, they were concerned with the determination of the laws and the expected, resulting effectiveness of their actions on a practical and ritual level. The lecture will introduce to the main ontological question and answers of ancient Egyptian theologists.

Lecture – The McFerrin Fabergé Collection: A Collector’s Tale by Dorothy McFerrin
Monday, April 18
6:30 p.m.
Providing an insider’s perspective on collecting priceless gemstone pieces, collector Dorothy McFerrin will share entertaining tales of the acquisitions for the McFerrin Fabergé Collection, one of the largest collections of Fabergé in the world. From the time it was created in Imperial Russia to arriving in Houston in recent years, every priceless piece has a special history. 
This program is cosponsored by Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Class – Amber Workshop
Tuesday, April 19
6:00 p.m.
Join paleontologist David Temple for an examination of these amazing natural time capsules. This amber workshop includes time in the Amber Secrets, Feathers from the Age of Dinosaurs exhibition, Morian Hall of Paleontology, and in the classroom where you will polish a piece of raw amber that will be yours to keep.

Cultural Feast – Amazonian Culinary Adventure
Wednesday, April 20
7:00 p.m.
During the 16th century, Spanish and Portuguese explorers searching for gold and other valuable commodities in the Amazon often suffered from food shortages. They had little or no interest in the exotic flora on which the native population thrived. With more scientific exploration by scholars beginning in the 18th century, the value of many of the native Amazonian plants and trees was soon recognized, as reflected in their impact on industry, medicine and cuisine. Chef David Cordúa will create innovative dishes featuring ingredients native to the Amazon, while culinary historian Merrianne Timko places the edible Amazon in historical context.

Class – Life in the Permian and Mesozoic: Dinosaurs, their Kin and Contemporaries
Saturday, April 23
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. With a particular focus on individual species not seen in many museums, this course will focus solely on the dinosaurs and the reptiles that preceded them and how the formation and break up of Pangaea affected dinosaur evolution. A first in this series of classes, we will look at the geologic conditions of the late Paleozoic and Mesozoic starting from the Early Permian to the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. This workshop includes time in the Hall of Paleontology. The instructor is geologist and paleontologist James Washington, HMNS staff trainer. Class size is limited.

Class – Cenozoic, the Age of Mammals: Life after Dinosaurs
Saturday, April 23
1:00 p.m.
A trip to zoos, parks and your backyard will never be the same!
Go behind-the-scenes in the Museum’s staff training lab where hundreds of specimens are uniquely presented in a hands-on road maps. This course will focus on the evolution of mammals from the moment the non-avian dinosaurs went extinct. With a forty foot hand drawn phylogenetic (family) tree created by the teacher and over one hundred models; you will review each of the major mammal groups in the fossil record and their relationship to species living today. This workshop includes time in the Hall of Paleontology, Hall of African Wildlife, and Hall of Texas Wildlife. The instructor is geologist and paleontologist James Washington, HMNS staff trainer. Class size is limited.

 

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 4/4-4/10

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Cameron (age: 6):

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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 – HMNS Offsite Collections Storage
Monday, Apr. 4
1:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Millions of artifacts and specimens are housed at the Museum’s offsite collections storage. For the first time ever, HMNS is allowing the public to tour this facility. Participants will see old favorites no longer on display, like the shrunken heads from the Amazon, and new acquisitions that have not been seen by the public yet, including a giant African elephant. This truly behind-the-scenes tour of the museum collections will be led by Lisa Rebori, HMNS VP of collections.

Lecture – Film Screening – Stonehenge Bringing Back The Dead
Wednesday, Apr. 6
6:30 p.m.
The discovery and analysis of 63 bodies buried beneath Stonehenge has overturned the accepted view on construction and use of perhaps the greatest prehistoric monuments. This film reveals vital clues to this ancient puzzle of the Neolithic period.
Join Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout for the Texas premiere of Secrets of Stonehenge Skeletons. This is a one-night only screening.
This event is cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society with support from Apache.

Lecture – Solving Stonehenge: New Discoveries by Michael Parker-Pearson
Thursday, Apr. 7
6:30 p.m.
Stonehenge still has secrets to reveal. Since 2003, a new era of archaeological investigation of this enigmatic Neolithic monument has produced a wealth of new information about Stonehenge and the people who built it. The research of the Stonehenge Riverside Project lead by Dr. Michael Parker-Pearson and other investigations are providing major insights into the purpose of Stonehenge, the lives of its creators, and reason that some stones came from nearly 200 miles away.
This lecture is cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society with support from Apache.

Class – Advanced Nature Photography Workshop
Friday, Apr. 8
2:30 p.m.
Take your photography to the next level! Professional nature photographer and instructor Amy Shutt will teach you best practices and advanced techniques for mastering composition and focus in nature, landscapes, wildlife and still-life photography, including panoramas and HDR. This class will prepare you to capture each shot exactly how you envision, instead of missing it and feeling frustrated and discouraged.

Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, Apr. 9
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (or until sold out)
Interested in Butterfly Gardening? The perfect opportunity to get started awaits you twice each year, at the Cockrell Butterfly Center’s semi-annual plant sales! Once in spring and once in fall, we offer a wide variety of nectar plants for butterflies and host plants for their caterpillars. Plenty of experts are on hand to answer your butterfly gardening questions and help you to create the perfect butterfly habitat – right in your own backyard.

Class – Contain Yourself: Organic Gardening for City Lifestyles
Saturday, Apr. 9
9:30 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.

Class – Nature Photography Workshop
Saturday, Apr. 9
2:30 p.m.
In this exotic photography adventure, you will learn how to get the best nature shots possible when photographing animals, insects and flora. Professional animal and nature photographer and instructor Amy Shutt will teach you the basics of your DSLR camera leaving you an understanding of how to use aperture, shutter speed, and ISO together to get out of auto mode. You will then venture out to photograph the insects, animals, flowers and plants in the Cockrell Butterfly Center. You will also work on photographing the waterfall to get soft velvety water shots. All participants will receive one-on-one instruction with their equipment.