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

We’re getting active on the blog today. Rather than tell you all about a new exhibit or reveal the quirks of some of our curatorial staff, this entry requires some effort on your part.

In order to fully enjoy today’s post, you’ll have to get your tuchus to 5555 Hermann Dr., where you might have heard a little something about a new Hall of Ancient Egypt:

Egpyt Photo Scavenger Hunt

Our education department teamed up to take stock of the new hall — which is teeming with artifacts from the earliest investigations to those examined with 21st-century technology — and created an engaging Egyptian scavenger hunt.

Egpyt Photo Scavenger Hunt

Navigate the hall on your smartphone or click here to print these pages for an extra activity during your next visit!

June Flickr Photo of the Month: Bananagrams

This month’s featured photographer is Sulla55.

On Valentine’s weekend we had several of our photographer friends from Flickr come to the museum to participate in Wikipedia Loves Art, a contest aimed at illustrating Wikipedia articles. We had over 40 photographers arrive and split into teams to see who could get the most and best shots of our artifacts. Sulla55 created this shot to depict the event. Here’s what Sulla55 had to say about the image.

I created this shot in honor of the ‘Wikipedia Loves Art’ event at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on February 15, 2009. Many thanks to Erin for arranging this opportunity, and for the Museum for being so photographer-friendly. I used Bananagrams tiles (similar to Scrabble) and my HO scale miniature photographers. Not a very complicated set-up: I used an Ott light and the top of my microwave. :)

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Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Sulla55

The photos submitted from the Wikipedia Loves Art event were amazing. I only wish we could show every photo on our blog – but you can check them all out here. Erin and I want to give a big thanks to everyone who came and made this event such a success.

The winning team was Assignmenthoustonone. Thank you to Sulla55, Stephaniedancer, Mockbird, Kinjotx, Skarsol and Jjsala for submitting and sharing such beautiful photos. Each member won a yearlong free family membership and four tickets to see our Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit.

If you’d like to be invited to future photography events at HMNS, join our HMNS group on Flickr.