Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/16-2/22

GEMS

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!  

Behind-the-Scenes – Samurai: The Way Of The Warrior
Tuesday, February 17
6:00 p.m.
Witness the exquisite objects related to the legendary Samurai warriors of Japan in the special exhibition Samurai: The Way of the Warrior. Museum master docents will lead you through the collection that includes full suits of armor, helmets, swords, sword-hilts, and saddles, as well as exquisite objects intended for more personal use such as lacquered writing boxes, incense trays and foldable chairs. 

Behind-the-Scenes – Wildlife Photographer Of The Year
Tuesday, February 17
6:00 p.m.
Featuring 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behavior to breathtaking wild landscapes,Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding and responsible enjoyment of the natural world. Tour this visually stunning exhibition with our resident photographers David Temple and Janell Nelson.

GEMS 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council and the Houston Museum of Natural Science invite you to attend the Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) event. The Museum will be filled with hands-on science and math for everyone to experience. Local professionals will be at the Museum to answer questions about their careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Thanks to the Society of Petroleum Engineers / Gulf Coast Section for its support of GEMS 2015!

Telescope Classes
George Observatory

Saturday, February 21
Did you get a new telescope? The box made it sound easy to use. Come let an expert astronomer help you set it up and polar align your scope so that it will work. It is not as easy as the box would lead you to believe! After you get some help, then it will be easy and enjoyable. 

Refractor And Reflection Telescope Class
1:00 – 2:30

Go-To Computerized Telescope Class
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/9-2/15

miracle berry

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!  

Valentine’s Sale at the Museum Store
Get $50 off your purchase of $200 or more!
Can’t think of the perfect gift for your Valentine? We got you covered with 10 gift ideas for your sweetheart.
Sale ends Saturday, February 14. Use promo code BEMINE. 

Miracle Berry Taste-Bud Tripping Party
Thursday, February 12
6:30 & 7:00 p.m.
The miracle berry from West Africa transforms your taste buds making sour, bitter and tart foods delightfully sweet—making this a perfect Valentine taste bud trip! Experience the magic of the miracle berry along the dramatically lit trails of Cockrell Butterfly Center rainforest. Enjoy a variety of foods selected for their high-impact miracle berry transformation. Advance tickets recommended by February 8. Click here for tickets.

Valentine’s Dinner And Lecture At HMNS Sugar Land
Saturday, February 14
6:30 p.m.
An Evening Under the Stars! Do something different this Valentine’s Day! Join Carolyn Sumners, HMNS Vice President of Astronomy and Physics, as she shares behind the scenes tales of space exploration and leads the group on a tour of the night sky. The evening includes a reception in the exhibit halls, a three course seated meal with wine pairings and a chance to fall in love for the first time … or all over again. Make your plans early as this fabulous evening event sells out each year and seating is limited. Advance ticket purchase required – deadline is February 9.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/2-2/8

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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!  

Special Exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year Now Open
Featuring 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behavior to breathtaking wild landscapes, Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding and responsible enjoyment of the natural world.It is free for Museum members and with general admission.

Lecture – Egypt And The Lost Land Of Punt, Hatshepsut’s Royal Contacts By Patricia Remler
Tuesday, February 3
6:30 p.m.
Hatshepsut, Egypt’s female pharaoh, traveled on made the most famous of the ancient country expeditions that sailed to what they considered a magical land – the land of Punt. In her mortuary temple, she recounts her journey and boasts of riches that she acquired such as coveted incense trees, baboons and ebony. Patricia Remler teaches Egyptology and Egyptian art at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. She is also an author and photographer who has worked on several projects with her husband, Egyptologist Bob Brier.

This lecture is co-sponsored by Archaeology Institute of America – Houston Society with support by Apache.

Cultural Feast – Samurai Fusion
Thursday, February 5
7:00 p.m.
The power and prestige of the samurai warriors are reflected in their cuisine-a fusion of tradition and innovation. Literary and historical records reveal the significance and symbolism of food and drink served at their tea ceremonies, banquets, and other events. Our inspiration for this Cultural Feast will be menus and recipes from surviving culinary treatises which featured both native and imported ingredients and a variety of techniques that later influenced the evolution of modern Japanese cuisine. Chef Rocco Nankervis of Oceanaire and culinary historian Merrianne Timko have collaborated on this history-inspired menu with a modern twist. This event will be hosted at The Oceanaire Sea Food Room in The Galleria. 

Excursion – Camp Logan – Memorial Park Tour
Saturday, February 7
10:00 a.m.
Camp Logan, an emergency military training base built in 1917, housed 44,000 soldiers in what is now Houston Memorial Park. Historians and archaeologists Louis Aulbach and Linda Gorski will lead this hike through Memorial Park to see Camp Logan archaeological sites.

Family Class – Ancient Egyptian Mummies By Dirk Van Tuerenhout
Saturday, February 7
10:00 a.m.
Have you ever wondered how to make a mummy, or live like an ancient Egyptian? Join Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, curator of anthropology of the Houston Museum of Natural Science to explore the fascinating culture of ancient Egypt. This Family Talk is presented by Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society. Following the presentation, enjoy hands-on activities at Ancient Encounters – Egypt in Glassell Hall.
Free with General Admission

Family Class – Ancient Encounters – Egypt
Saturday, February 7
11:00 a.m.
How did a boy or girl live in ancient Egypt? Join us to find out through activities specially devised for children and families. EXCAVATE the household of a tomb builder at a mock dig. OPERATE a giant lever used by Egyptians to irrigate their fields. PLAY an Egyptian game. WRITE your name in hieroglyphs!

All this and much more at Ancient Encounters presented by Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society with sponsorship from Apache.

 

Amazing Animals, Breathtaking Photography on Display Now at HMNS in Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is honored to again host the breathtaking beauty captured in Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Founded in 1964 and organized by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of the longest and most prestigious photography competitions in the world. Now in its fiftieth year, the competition received over 40,000 submissions from amateur and professional photographers from nearly 100 countries, all of whom were competing for the prestigious title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

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Every year, the best images submitted are selected to form theWildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, and are exhibited at art galleries, museums, and science centers around the globe allowing millions of visitors to view the stunning images, helping to ensure that biodiversity and sustainability remain at the forefront of public awareness.

Since its inception, audiences across the world have responded to the splendor, drama, variety and importance of life on Earth captured in the images. Over the years, the exhibit has inspired a new generation of photographic artists to produce a visionary and expressive interpretation of nature. The subjects generate greater public interest in the natural world and conservation, raising understanding of wildlife photography as a mainstream art.

Featuring 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behavior to breathtaking wild landscapes, Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding and responsible enjoyment of the natural world.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is free for Museum members and with general admission.