Jilliane Johnson

Jilliane began her HMNS career in Visitor Services, greeting and assisting guests on a daily. Now as a full-time member of Marketing, Jilliane educates visitors and viewers of the various stories and storytellers within the walls. When Jilliane isn't writing, you can find her gaming, spending time with friends and family or watching trashy TV dating shows.

June brings the Summer Solstice

Editor’s Note: Summer Solstice is upon us this month and HMNS Astronomer James Wooten points to the Sun’s highest point in our sky. Saturn is in the southeast at dawn.    Mars is also in the morning sky, in the east at dawn.  Mars and Saturn easily outshine the very dim stars around them.  Venus […]

Illuminating Egypt | IES Recognizes HMNS

The Houston Museum of Natural Science has undergone a few renovations in recent years and plans to update even more halls into contemporary and accessible spaces. The most recent to reopen is the beloved Hall of Ancient Egypt, most recent hall to reopen, has been recognized with an Illuminating Engineering Society’s 2022 IES Illumination Award.  […]

An Insider’s Guide to Mixers & Elixirs

Group of people dancing in front of dinosaur fossils

Hey, Houston! Mixers & Elixirs is back for its 2022 Summer Series. The tradition brings back many of the familiar attractions back to the halls of the Houston Museum of Natural Science but there are a few new tidbits guests may want to keep in mind when planning to attend and actively enjoying the event. […]

Get Curious with HMNS Adult Education

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is full of history, science and culture, as one might expect, but are you aware of the many opportunities to step behind the scenes and discover your very own fossils or travel the world alongside educators? I recently stumbled into a real fossil preparation event featuring none other than […]

HMNS Curates Your Holiday Visit

We understand. By now you probably have a good amount of cabin fever still burning from the inside out after being cooped up all of 2020 and you’re itching to get back into the exhibit halls. Yet with announcement after announcement of this renovation and that opening exhibit, you may be a bit overwhelmed and […]


A smiling woman stands in front of a T. rex fossil display

I am an African American female sitting at home at my work desk in my black and red gaming chair. My hair is black, shoulder length and straight. Today I’ve decided to wear a black shirt with blue shorts because it can get pretty warm inside during these summer months. Alternative music blasts from my […]

Wading In with Photographer Brad Temkin

Brad Temkin’s exhibit, showcasing the underappreciated resource we all have in common has been displayed in the Hamill Gallery for over a year now and, oh, what a year it has been.  Little did we know that State of Water: Our Most Valuable Resource would become even more essential than it was when first installed […]

Horrific Haunts | HMNS Curates Your Halloween Movie Binge

Museums are places of historical, scientific, artistic and cultural education that can be delivered to the masses through various means, but many might have preconceived notions about these sacred halls. Some could find them eerie and perhaps even frightening. Dark, cold rooms sitting in silence. Artifacts of old, holding mysteries untold. I suppose that would […]

HMNS @ Home | Top 10 Accessible How-To’s

Science happens everywhere. HMNS is just as committed to educating outside of our halls as we are to teaching from within. Here are 10 of our favorite experiments that you and your family can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Educator How-To: Make a Compass With a Fish. A Fish? Yes, a Fish. During […]

Pi Day | π + Einstein = ∞ Geekery

Once a year, nerds of the world unite in celebration of a positively exponential occasion. Pi Day is the coming together of two events. When written as 3.14, the date becomes the most celebrated digits of all, pi. The day also marks the birthday of the most influential figure in all of modern physics, Albert […]