Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 10/5-10/11

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! 


Lecture – American Intelligence, The History And Evolution By Vince Houghton
Tuesday, Oct. 6
6:30 p.m.
Dr. Vince Houghton, historian and curator of the International Spy Museum in Washington DC will trace US intelligence tactics used before the American Revolution to today’s scientific and technological intelligence. His talk will include traditional espionage (HUMINT – HUMan INTelligenceôhe “spies”), technical collection (SIGINT – SIGnals INTelligence, IMINT IMagery INTelligence-spy planes, satellites, drones, the NSA), covert action (paramilitary action, assassination, propaganda, etc.), and counterintelligence (catching the other guys’ “spies”)

Cultural Feast – Terroir Wine Tasting, The Earth Science Of Wine
Wednesday, Oct. 7
7:00 p.m.
Providing wines their unique flavor and aroma, the environmental conditions-especially soil and climate-will be analyzed in an unusual lesson in Earth science. Goût de terroir will be introduced by Bear Dalton, Spec’s veteran wine buyer. This evening we will taste nine wines that will illustrate terroir. This look into the science and culinary history of wine will be hosted at Alliance Française de Houston. Bread and cheese will also be served.


We Have a Winner! Free tickets for Educator’s Guide drawing go to Renee from St. John’s School

Each month during the 2015-2016 school year, we’re giving away two free tickets to our permanent exhibit halls in a random drawing to a teacher who has submitted a picture of the Educator’s Guide calendar open to the current month.

Pictures of your #educatorguide may be submitted by tagging @HMNS on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, or by emailing Winners of each monthly drawing will be announced at the end of each month in the email newsletter.


September’s winner is Renee from St. John’s School, who proclaims the new calendar format to be “slick and fabulous.”

Congratulations, Renee!

Please email to claim your prize.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 9/28-10/4

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! 

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Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear And Freedom In America Now Open!
SPIES, TRAITORS, SABOTEURS reveals nine major events and periods in U.S. history when Americans were threatened by enemies within its borders. It depicts how the government and public responded, illustrates the corresponding evolution of U.S. counterintelligence and homeland security efforts, and examines the challenge of securing the nation without compromising the civil liberties upon which it was founded.

Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America is a creation of the International Spy Museum.

Final Days: Fan Faves for 30 Day Film Festival
September 1-30, 2015
Experience the 7 greatest adventures on Earth in a single day!
From the depths of the ocean to the top of the clouds, from ancient ages to modern marvels, now you can embark on seven astounding expeditions, and never leave your seat! The most popular movies return to the Houston Museum of Natural Science during the Fan Faves for 30 Days Film Festival. Relive these amazing 3-D adventures or catch them for the first time! But hurry, the fun ends Sept. 30.

New Special Exhibition: Biodiversity In The Art Of Carel Pieter Brest Van Kempen Opening at HMNS at Sugar Land on Friday, October 3
Brest van Kempen’s meticulously executed paintings in rich jewel tones explore the variety of nature and attest to the artist’s belief that chief among nature’s hallmarks is its diversity. This widely acclaimed exhibition consists of 50 original paintings and preparatory sketches inspired not just by the beauty of the subjects, but also by their fascinating ecology and habitat.This special exhibition is free with Museum admission.

Locally sponsored by K12 Online Public Schools

Saturday is STEM/Nova Day for Scouts at HMNS!

Hey, Scouts! Spend the day at HMNS this weekend and work on earning your Nova Award during STEM/Nova Day! The Houston Museum of Natural Science is the perfect place to complete your badge requirements. Visit our permanent exhibit halls, watch a Burke Baker Planetarium or Wortham Giant Screen Theatre movie, and ask some of our docents your best science questions!


Cubs and Webelos can work on their requirements for the “Science Everywhere” or the “Down and Dirty” Nova Awards. Watch one of our films about geology, oceanography, or weather, and explore permanent exhibit halls like the Weiss Hall of Energy and the Morian Hall of Paleontology. Wolf Scouts can sign up for Digging in the Past, and Webelos can choose from Adventures in Science, or Earth Rocks! classes. Bear Scouts can take one of our fall classes to finish their Nova Award requirements. We’ll also have Investigation Stations in the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. Hall (under the fish) so you can explore different scientific topics through hands-on activities!


Boy Scouts will also be able to fulfill some of their “Shoot!” Nova Award requirements. Visit the Burke Baker Planetarium or Wortham Giant Screen Theatre to watch a movie about weather, astronomy, or space technology. Stop by some of the Investigation Stations to participate in hands-on activities involving physics and engineering. (Please note that Boy Scouts will be unable to fulfill every requirement for the “Shoot!” Nova Award at this event.)

STEM/Nova Day will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. If you are taking a class to complete any Nova requirements, classes will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Scouts can also get field trip rates for the Burke Baker Planetarium and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre shows that day. Participation in STEM/Nova Day requires admission to the permanent exhibit halls. Become a member and get free admission to the permanent exhibit halls year-round!

We look forward to seeing scouts at the STEM/Nova Day at HMNS!