Monday is Labor Day – and you know what that means, right?
In case you’re wondering how to fill the long hours between Friday afternoon and Tuesday morning, here’s a list of the top ten weekend experiences you can have with the family at HMNS all weekend long.
That’s right – we’re open MONDAY! Because we’re here for you.
10. Come And Take It!
A look at the stunning variety of fascinating artifacts from Texas’ rich history, that is.
Texas! The Exhibition closes at 5 pm on Monday, Sept 5 – so don’t miss your last chance to see Santa Anna’s spurs, Davy Crockett’s violin, the Davis Guards Medal and many other objects from a huge swath of Texas history – from prehistoric cultures to the Spindletop oil gusher.
Preview the exhibit with our blog series on Texas History! (And see how you can win free tickets to see the exhibit closing weekend!)
9. Ramble through Borneo with Orangutans
And while you’re at it, explore Tsavo with young elephants.
Born To Be Wild 3D is a fascinating, entertaining and heart-warming film chronicling the efforts of two pioneering women to save orphaned animals.
Time Out New York says “The kids will squeal with delight.” We think you probably will, too.
8. Discover The True Meaning of Mayan Prophecies
Worried about 2012? Explore the Mayan culture in this new planetarium film. Learn why Dec. 21, 2012 will be just another day, but the Mayan culture’s true contributions to civilization are unique and fascinating.
7. Solve A Crime!
If watching CSI makes you think you think “I could do that!” – this exhibit is for you! Study fingerprints, chromatographs, DNA, insect lifecycles, tire marks, hair analysis, thread comparison, and handwriting analysis to catch the culprit!
Crime Lab Detective opens at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land on Saturday, Sept. 3!
6. Watch A Butterfly Enter The World!
Our butterflies flit through a three-story, glass enclosed rain forest habitat – and it’s a showstopper of the large-scale variety. But you shouldn’t miss the Hall of Entomology on the upper level – where you can watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalides daily. It’s a quiet moment of tranformation, rebirth and wonder that everyone should experience.
5. Discover a Modern-Day Dragon
Think all dragons breathe fire? Some just flash it – including The Dragon, one of the world’s most famous mineral specimens.
It just so happens to be part of our collection – on permanent display in the Hall of Gems and Minerals, along with literally hundreds of the world’s finest gems and minerals. Hundreds.
4. Develop An Intense Desire To Wear This.
If you’ve followed our advice on #4, you’ve likely whetted your appetite for gold. And our Ancient Ukraine exhibition (closing Sept. 5!) could be called: Gold! Oh, And Some More Gold. (Except that it also features fascinating artifacts made from many other materials, from the entire 6,000 year history of Ukraine.)
Get an idea of what you’re in for in our curator’s blog series on Ancient Ukraine.
3. Spend Saturday With The Stars!
Long weekends are the perfect time to make the long drive out to our George Observatory. It’s an hour outside Houston, but that means light pollution is at a minimum – and stars are at a maximum.
If you’ve never been, you will marvel at the number of stars you can see with the naked eye – and the astronomical detail you can view through our Gueymard telescope, one of the largest in the country that’s available for public viewing.
The Observatory is open every Saturday night from 3 – 10 pm. Get Directions and information on Admission.
2. Explore Two Continents
Our Hall of the Americas features cultures from the Inuit in Alaska to the Inca of Peru – go on an expedition through hundred of years of American history and over 2 continents this weekend!
1. Take The Science Fun Home!
The HMNS Museum Store has a metric ton of science ideas and activities to take home – and your purchases always support our science educational programs! Grab the Pocket Starfinder for your Big Bend camping excursion, take the Encyclopedia of Texas Shells on a seashore expedition, or identify what’s fluttering around your own backyard with the Butterflies of Houston and Southeast Texas Guide.
From a Galileo Thermometer to track the summer heat to a Dinosaur Hunter Field Canteen, we’ve got everything you need to close out the summer right!
Here’s to a great long weekend – hope to see you here at HMNS!