F-stops and Fabergé: Getting snap happy at HMNS

After-hours at the Museum on November 2, we had another one of our exclusive Pixel Parties — where we open select exhibits just for photographers (both amateur and professional). This time around, we gave our photographers access to our newly re-opened Fabergé: From a Snowflake to an Iceberg exhibit.

And here’s a sampling of what they gave us in return:

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Photo by Kirsten Tucker.

 

Faberge-2

Photo by Eddie Abbott Imagery

 

 

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Photo by Dwayne Fortier

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Photo by James Woody

 

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Photo by Allison Buchtien

 

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Photo by Reed’s Photography

 

 

To see more photos from around the museum, please visit our HNNS Flickr Group page.

 

And stay tuned! We’ll be announcing our next Pixel Party date just after the new year.

‘Tis The Season: Get 20% Off Select Designers from 12-4 at Today’s Holiday Trunk Show

Swipe and smile at the Museum store Trunk Shows, where we’re giving you exclusive access to unique designer jewelry at exclusive prices. Find original designs, sure to be the perfect gift — all at 20 percent off (plus member discounts).

Museum Store Holiday Trunk Show

Jewelry by Mirta Tummino

As a part of our Holiday Trunk Shows, this week we’re featuring designers Mirta Tummino and Sarah Stewart.

Houston favorite Mirta Tummino’s delicate wirework showcases colorful gemstones, showing us the meaning of elegance through her understated yet captivating designs. Sarah Stewart designs beautiful silk and wool scarves that are batiked and woven in Indonesian by master textile artists, with beautiful attention to detail.

Come See us in the Museum Store today for great deals on great gifts! 

And don’t forget to check out the Museum Store online for great gift ideas.  We’ve got everything for jewelry lovers, geeky connoisseurs, science loving kiddos and everyone in between. Order by December 16 to guarantee shipment by Christmas Day!

Museum Store Holiday Trunk Show

Jewelry by Mirta Tummino

Museum store Holiday Trunk Show

Scarf by Sarah Stewart

Museum Store Holiday Trunk Show

Jewelry by Mirta Tummino

Museum Store Holiday Trunk Show

Scarf by Sarah Stewart

 

 

 

HMNS Birthdays: Are you a party smarty?

Editor’s note: This post was written by HMNS Birthday Party Assistant Manager. 

We have had the proud honor of hosting 460 birthday parties at the Houston Museum of Natural Science this past year!

We have enjoyed the new faces of guests having their party with us for the first time, as well as welcoming back many of our wonderful families to celebrate another year together. With our team of amazing birthday coordinators, we have marched over 6,000 children through our halls, explored a living rain forest, discovered new depths to our solar system, taken a trip back in time to when Pharaohs roamed the earth, and even held roaring contests between 100 million year old dinosaursWhat’s even more exciting is that we live in a city that is an international smorgasbord, which means that we have held parties with people from all over the world. In fact, we now have a wall of flags from every country that we have hosted, and we are currently up to 25! And yes, our flags are hand created out of fuse beads…we are the birthday party department after all. With each country comes new customs that are both fascinating and intriguing for us to experience with the family. From the formal cake cutting ceremonies of India, extravagant dessert tables of Brazil, spitting on the birthday child to ward off the evil eye of Greece, to ear-pulling, smash cakes, and even celebrating a child’s 8th and final birthday party (not morbid I promise!, but because their culture does not celebrate birthdays after 8), we love it all! And if you have never heard anyone sing happy birthday in Poland, it’s an experience I would highly recommend.

But no matter where you are from or what language you say happy birthday in, the important thing is that every child gets to feel special on their birthday, which is what we strive to do each and every time.

So thank you for another great year, and we look forward to helping you celebrate future birthdays here at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Perhaps you will even help us add more flags and experiences to our story. And remember to check back with us for new and exciting party options coming in the new year.
 
Until then, we will keep the party going just  for you.
 

 

The stars at night are big and…. falling: Geminid Meteor Shower Returns December 13!

Of the many meteor showers that occur throughout the year, the Geminid Meteor Shower in December may be the most reliably active. This meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes near 3200 Phaethon, a Palladian Asteroid. The Geminids were first observed in 1862. The shower gets its name because they appear to originate in the Gemini constellation. 

Under ideal conditions, one may see as many as 50-100 meteors an hour. The meteors from this shower are also especially bright, and many astronomers believe that the shower is intensifying every year. The shower should peak around 9:00 p.m. on Saturday December 13th. That’s good news because most of the other significant showers, like the Perseids, peak after midnight. With no Moon until after midnight, we should be able to see a lot of meteors (weather permitting of course). 

The George Observatory will be open Saturday, December 13th until midnight for viewing the shower. Tickets for viewing the shower are $5 and include access to our telescopes.  That night, we’ll be able to view several star clusters and nebulae with our scopes. Jupiter should rise in time to be viewed as well. We’ll also have our Discovery Dome available for $3. 

If you can’t make it out to the George, you can still view the shower anywhere with dark skies.