Craig Hlavaty

Craig Hlavaty has been covering Houston pop-culture since 2006 at various outlets around the city. He is currently the social media manager at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and eats his tamales with ketchup.

The Hidden Perks of HMNS Membership

The Houston Museum of Natural Science staff is full of people who spent their wonder years walking its halls during field trips and family visits. One of those is membership manager Jacquelyn DiStefano. “I came here the first time in fourth grade,” she says. “This was when the Grand Hall looked much different. The dinosaurs […]

Why that Rock in Your Backyard is (Almost) Never a Dinosaur Egg

Man sits in dirty taking photo of large fossilized bone peeking out of the earth

At least once a week, David Temple receives a breathless message about an oddly-shaped rock or stony object some individual came across in their backyard or while on a nature hike. Almost everyone thinks they have found a priceless paleontological artifact that will change their lives forever. Sorry, but it’s not a dinosaur egg. As […]

Magic of our “Prehistoric Planet” comes to Apple TV

Animated image from "Prehistoric Planet" of Mosasaurus underwater

What do you get when you combine the talents of executive producer Jon Favreau, naturalist Sir David Attenborough, composer Hans Zimmer, and the power of prehistoric life in ultra-high-definition? Why, Apple TV’s newest series, “Prehistoric Planet”, which has unfolded this week on the streaming service in five parts. One early review from CNN applauded the […]

Seashell Queen Reveals Most Common Treasures Found on Texas Beaches

As the Associate Curator of Malacology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Tina Petway is our resident queen of the seas. At 75 years young, the native Texan has spent her whole life walking along the nearly 3,400 miles of the Texas Gulf Coast shoreline. “Mother Nature has been remodeling our coastline for thousands […]

Celebration: Earth | April is all about our Earth at HMNS

Although Earth Day is officially set worldwide for Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is celebrating our planetary home throughout April with Celebration: Earth. All month long, Houston’s science museum is concentrating on our shared home with special nature- and conservation- themed exhibits, tours, and activities for everyone. “Because nature is […]

Fill in the Blanks with Director of Curriculum and Content Kat Havens

As a native Houstonian, Kat Havens has watched the Houston Museum of Natural Science change and grow over the decades. In her role as the Director of Curriculum and Content, she is constantly looking for ways to bring scientific concepts closer to home for our patrons, no matter their age. Helping them realize that even […]

A New Science Chapter for Fort Bend County

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is investing in the educational and recreational future of Fort Bend County with a revamped experience at the historic George Observatory and a new nature program with key, local experts at the helm, working in collaboration with our friends at Brazos Bend State Park. The George Observatory will reopen […]

HMNS In Our Nature | Experiencing the Outdoors from the Ground Up

Sugar Land resident Erin Mills, formerly the director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Hermann Park campus, will head up a new nature program at the HMNS Sugar Land campus and the George Observatory. The Sugar Land nature program will be primarily located in the Outdoor Learning Center and a newly-installed butterfly garden. As […]

Fill in the Blanks with Accessibility Programs Manager Matti Hammett

Everyone on staff at the Houston Museum of the Natural Science is dedicated to making sure that every inch of the museum is accessible to each patron that comes through our doors. One of those people whose job revolves around this is Accessibility Programs Manager Matti Hammett. Hammett has been on the HMNS team in […]