Accessibility: HMNS Expands Resources and Programming to Welcome All

It’s been a while since we wrote our first blog post about Accessibility initiatives at HMNS, and we’ve come a loooong way since then! Since March of 2016 when we launched our resources for families of children and adults with sensory sensitivities and autism spectrum disorders, the Committee for Advancing Museum Accessibility has worked towards […]

Dinosaurs for Dinner: A Thanksgiving Tradition

Oven roasted or fried? Stuffed or unstuffed? How do you prefer your dinosaur? Did I say dinosaur? I meant turkey…or did I? In truth, that turkey on your table is or was in fact a real-life dinosaur. Turkeys are theropods, just like the meat-eating dinosaurs you so love to visit at the Museum. Paleontologists have […]

Jingle Tree: The HMNS at Sugar Land Tradition Returns

The time is here once again for holiday enthusiasts to feast their eyes upon the holiday tradition that is Jingle Tree. For six years, HMNS at Sugar Land has been offering the community ways to give back and raise funds in the name of science education and it just so happens to involve the happiest […]

A Royal Addition: Fabergé Tiara Joins our Collection

Most people immediately think eggs when you talk about Fabergé, but the world-renowned jewelry brand has a legacy of crafting a wide range of pieces—from the mundane, like cigarette cases and paperweights, to the luxurious, like the Grand Duchess tiara that just joined the museum’s collection. This aquamarine and diamond diadem was owned by Alexandra […]

Houston’s Hairy Situation: The Truth About Asp Caterpillars

A couple of years ago, on a beautiful October day, I picked up my son Ethan from school and decided it was a great time to go to the zoo. We had a blast and the weather was perfect; things could not have been any better, until they took a surprising turn for the worst. […]

Legendary Big Boy Locomotive Rolls to a Pit Stop in Houston

The heat was different than what a Houston sun bestows upon us day after day, so it didn’t help that this very sun was creeping in and out of oncoming clouds. The fierce warmth clung to the fibers of my shirt, yanked at the perspiration in my pores and sat heavy against the cast iron […]

The Historic Giant Screen Theatre Gets a Face Lift

Everything seems to happen on the nines here at HMNS. The Houston Scientific Society was founded in 1909. Our exhibits moved to the zoo at Hermann Park in 1929, becoming the Houston Museum of Natural History. In 1959 we snagged the land where we are sitting now and we became the Houston Museum of Natural […]

November Star Blog

Venus continues to emerge into the evening sky this month.  Look low in the southwest at dusk for the brightest thing there. Jupiter remains in the evening sky for one last month.  Look low in the southwest at dusk.  Venus passes close by—within 1.5 degrees— on November 24.  By month’s end, it is becoming lost […]

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