HMNS Happenings This Week



Check out our New Exhibit!

Gems of the Sea: The Guido T. Poppe Collection

World class. One of a kind. Never before seen. Made by mollusks.

The Philippines consists of over 7,500 islands in Southeast Asia, totaling a land area of approximately 116,000 square miles, and giving the Philippines the longest coastlines of any nation in the world. The Philippine archipelago is known to possess some of the richest marine biodiversity in the world. Along with their unparalleled diversity among the species, marine mollusks from this area are of great interest to science for their peculiar interactions and adaptations in their marine environment

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Behind the Scenes Tour of Out of the Amazon Life on the River

-August 31 at 6:30 PM

Members $17, Public Adult Tickets $27

HMNS has an unparalleled Amazonia collection. Featured in our exhibit are objects ranging from ritual masks and headresses used to help commune, and sometimes ward off, spirits, to insturments designed to test young male initiates to their limits of their capacity to tolerate pain, to tool useds in the elaborate processes one must go through simply to attain food in the harsh environment of the Amazon. Master Docents will lead guests on a journey into darkness and reveal, not just the exoticism, but the humanity of the amazing people who inhabit one of the most mysterious regions of the world. This a temporary exhibition, so see these wonders while you can.


Come Celebrate the U.S. National Parks Service’s 100th Anniversary!

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an “organic act” creating the U.S. National Parks Service. Although Yellowstone National Park had already existed for 44 years, this act created a Federal Agency whose purpose was to “protect and regulate the use of Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations”. Basically, this means that for the first time, national parks were guaranteed to be protected and maintained, something that had not always been a sure thing before.

Come celebrate with us and watch MacGillivray Freeman’s National Parks Adventure 3D in our Giant Screen Theater!

Danzantes lined up.

Danzantes lined up.

Behind The Scenes Tour: La Virgen De Guadalupe

-August 31 at 6:00 PM

-Members Tickets $17, Public Adults tickets $27

The year 1531 fell within a tumultuous time in the history of the Americas. The Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes had successfully toppled the Aztec Empire, and after almost a decade of warfare, disease, and relocation the indigenous people of Mexico were looking for hope for a more peaceful and enlightened future. Hope was brought to Juan Diego that year, on Tepeyacac hill, by the Virgin de Guadalupe. Your guide will trace the history of Christianity in Mexico from the 700 year reconquest of Spain, to the epic battle for the Aztec Capital, all that way to the miraculous image that gives hope to millions even today.


World Trekkers- South Korea

Members Only
August 26th

Crafts and Activities
Cultural Performances
Photo Booth
Face Painting
Balloon Artist
Food Trucks and Cash Bar


World Trekkers Passport available for purchase! Have your photo taken, get a sticker for passing through each country and earn stamps for completing crafts.

HMNS Happenings This Week

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS August 7 – August 14

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AUGUST 10, 2016, 6:30 PM · PLANETARIUM
Cutting-edge research into fascinating neurological pathways may be the key to understanding if risk-takers are born or made. Science journalist Kayt Sukel will introduce risk-taking factors such as gender, age, genes, emotions and stress-many of the biological advantages are surprising. Book signing following lecture. Tickets $18, Members $12


Behind-The-Scenes Tours
AUGUST 9, 2016, 6:00 PM · PALEO HALL
Because the Morian Hall of Paleontology is too large to tour in one evening, we are debuting a new series that will cover the hall section by section. Led by HMNS staff trainer, James Washington, each tour will include a hands-on fossil experience or short classroom presentation. The Jurassic Period ushered in the “Golden Age of Giants,” the time of 100-foot-long diplodocuses and stegosaurs who were skilled swordsmen. Predatory dinos clothed themselves with feathers. Giant sea reptiles cruised the oceans, while winged dactyls hunted for squid. The Cretaceous Period brought us the most dangerous herbivore of all time, the mighty Triceratops. Learn how our triceratops specimen with mummified skin has helped science proves new information about these three-horned tanks. Our five new T. rex skeletons all tell a different story that helps piece together what life was like in the Cretaceous. Members $15, Tickets $25

AUGUST 9, 2016, 6:00 PM 
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. Members: $17. Adult Tickets: $27.

FruitButterflySummer Cockrell Butterfly Center Events 
Summer Cockrell Butterfly Center events continue through Aug. 19.

Wing It | Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Come fly away into the world of butterflies at the Cockrell Butterfly Center with Wing it! Introduce yourself to your favorite winged wonders and watch the release of hundreds of new butterflies into the rainforest.

Small Talk | Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
Join our Cockrell Butterfly Center team as they take their live collection of insects out “for a walk” during Small Talk. Our experts will entertain and educate with all types of insects and arachnids.

Friday Feeding Frenzy | Fridays at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Join us this morning in the Cockrell Butterfly Center for our Friday Feeding Frenzy! See science in action as snakes, spiders and centipedes enjoy a meal right in front of you!

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Earth Science under the Microscope
Thursday, August 11 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Come explore our new microscope lab, used for viewing very small objects, which we could not normally see with the naked eye. Learn about the practical applications of microscopy or just look at cool stuff on a micro scale! Travel the world as you view grains of sand collected from various continents, and learn about their origin, composition and transport. Look at microfossils, shells and other natural objects, or bring an item from home and check it out under the scope. As hands-on activities are the best way to learn, we’ll have interactive demo stations with docents to guide you through the amazing visuals you’ll see as you peer through the lens!



Rent the Museum: Make any event YOU-nique at HMNS

What could make exploring HMNS even better? Doing it with a meal in your hand!

When hosting a special event at HMNS, anything is possible. For those who choose to forgo the traditional cocktail hour followed by a seated dinner, a cocktail style party is a great option.

Cocktail style parties serve as an exciting way to get guests active. This type of event contains food stations rather than a plated meal. Also referred to as “food bars,” these stations promote movement, since guests can choose which station they would like to visit and come and go as they please. This concept allows more freedom for partiers to move around exhibit halls, compared to a traditional dinner.

“But what’s a food station?” you ask. Well, picture any meal that you would normally eat plated, but transformed into a portable and customized dinner.

Take the classic pasta bar, for example. Party goers choose their type of pasta, pick their sauce, and have it cooked and placed in a martini glass. Carving stations that offer a choice between chicken and beef are popular. Other food station ideas include a mashed potato bar, quesadilla bar and even a macaroni and cheese bar.

But don’t forget about dessert! An entertaining option for sweets is having an ice cream bar. Guests pick their flavor and toppings and have their favorite sundae treat prepared before them. You could also have a crepe bar, an espresso bar, or just a classic “candy bar (get it?)”!

Let your creativity take action and choose HMNS as your next party destination. For more information on hosting an event at HMNS visit

Still not quite sure what to do? Here are the top three reasons to have food stations at your event!


Just to be clear, with food stations you can still totally have enough seating for all of your guests. But now, you don’t have to worry about having them all assigned! This way your guests are free to mix and mingle, dance, grab some food, talk to grandma for a bit, get some more food, make small talk with your weird relatives, then make a quick escape to get more food and more food and more food … which brings me to the next reason.


Are you always hungry? Do you secretly love buffets, but hate that you have to get up in front of everyone for your second (or third … or fourth) plate? When you have food stations, it takes the pressure off so you can grab as much or as little from any station ALL PARTY LONG. 


You’re pretty hip, so why wouldn’t your event reflect that? Cocktail style parties with food stations are all the rage, so show your guests how awesomely cool you really are.

Mixers remixed: Introducing LaB 5555, our new after-hours, adults-only scientific shindig

Missing Mixers & Elixirs? Well, we’ve given it a makeover. It’s gotten in shape, revamped its wardrobe, learned to two-step and is a brand new event: LaB 5555.

Our new after-hours, adults-only scientific shindig launches this Friday and we want you there geeking responsibly right along with us.


LaB 5555 will have the same cash bars and awesome live entertainment as Mixers did, but it’s committed to bringing you scintillating science, food truck fare and local entertainment all year long. Each month is centered around a scientific theme, with the launch being all about Skin & Bones. Attendees will hear about the highlights of our new Hall of Paleontology in the Grand Hall and have access to tour the new paleo exhibit throughout the night.

Highlights include classy yet sassy music by string quartet/DJ ensemble Collide; food from It’s a Wrap, Big Happy’s Ice Cream & Treats, Pi Pizza and Luchi & Joey’s; cash bars and a sweet giveaway for the first 200 smarty pants to show up.

And you’ll want to get here early. Get your learn on in the Grand Hall from 8 to 9 p.m. before you get your drink on and hear straight from our staff about the skin and bones in our new paleontology hall that have everyone talking.

Here are the deets:

WHAT: LaB 5555 launch
WHEN: Friday, June 22 from 8 to 11 p.m.
WHERE: The Houston Museum of Natural Science main campus at 5555 Hermann Park Dr.

Click here for tickets: $20 for the general public; $12 for members. Tickets grant attendees access to the new Hall of Paleontology throughout the night, live entertainment and free planetarium showings of Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin at 8:15, 9:15 and 9:45 p.m. Click here for a full schedule of events.