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HMNS Outreach is Building a Better World—Literally!

  Education is our primary mission at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and we are committed to providing high-quality scientific experiences to children everywhere through our Outreach Programs. After all, the future scientists and engineers of the world are all over it! There’s no better way to get a jump start on a STEM […]

#CitizenScience – Join our Butterfly Experiment!

Have you seen a numbered butterfly in the Cockrell Butterfly Center today? We’re doing a longevity study to see how long the butterflies in our center are living. If you see a butterfly with a number on it, snap a picture and post it on Instagram with the tag #CBCStudy so that we can see it! […]

What In The World Are They Doing?: Egyptian Sacrifice Revealed

Women in procession, with offerings to a deceased person. From our Hall of Ancient Egypt. When people walk through our permanent exhibit halls, sometimes they come upon an object that makes them think “what in the world are they doing?”. It can be two fossilized skeletons posed in an unusual arrangement, or an artifact with […]

Lamintating Snake Skins

 A Fressssssh Start To The New Year! This year many people will be rummaging through their closets, discarding old clothing in exchange for a fresh, new look. Our snakes have done sort of the same thing, as many of them have recently shed!  This delicate, dermatological discard still retains the pattern of the animal it […]

Sky Events for February 2017

This star map shows the Houston sky at 9 pm CST on January 1, 8 pm CST on January 15, and dusk on January 31. To use the map, put the direction you are facing at the bottom.     The Sky This Month The Great Square of Pegasus sets in the western sky. Taurus, […]

How We Date Artifacts (And I Don’t Mean Taking Them Out For Dinner)

    One of the most common questions we’ve received here at HMNS is how we know how old our artifacts and fossils are. There are a number of different ways to go about aging an object. Relative dating techniques can provide a general age range, which can be to within decades or sometimes within […]

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Katydid!…Did she?

Olive – a Giant Long-Legged Katydid from Malaysia – was with us for only a few days, however, she left us with a precious gift; her eggs! Now, will those eggs hatch? We’re keeping our fingers crossed over here that we’ll soon be seeing some cute little katydid babies! This insect has quickly become my […]

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Have you ever seen a piece of art or craft that you think to yourself “I could do that!” but of course you never act on it?  Well, some people do act on that impulse and I’m going to show you how to do just that.  Every now and then I get a phone call from […]

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HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Valeria · January 9, 2017, 9:58 am

Hi! This article was all very useful! Thanks! I just have a couple of questions. The first one is if the process is exactly the same with moths. And the second one is if they don't need some kind of extra care to last and don't get rotten. Thanks again,

Butterflies and Shutterbugs: Another Fabulous Pixel Party at HMNS

Sharon Elleen · January 9, 2017, 8:15 am

They are all awesome. I am amazed by your works. Thanks for sharing the tips.

Go seek: Take a photo scavenger hunt through our new Hall of Ancient Egypt

Chris · January 4, 2017, 12:26 pm

The scavenger hunts you've requested should be waiting for you in you inbox.

Camille · January 2, 2017, 2:24 pm

My daughter would love to do this activity, so I clicked on the link to print the pages and the link goes nowhere. Could you provide this to me? Also, are there any other photo scavenger hunts for other areas of the museum? We've thought of creating our own for all over the museum, but the photography policy makes that difficult. Thanks, in advance, for your help!

Egyptian Jewelry: What To Get Your Mummy For Christmas And Why

Chris · December 26, 2016, 10:03 pm

Unfortunately the objects pictured in this blog are museum pieces that are not for sale. Although we carry some fantastic jewelry in our gift shop, we are not offering Egyptian inspired pieces.

Bill Bingham (member,long time) · December 22, 2016, 12:31 pm

what are the prices of the Egyption pieces shown?

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