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Movie Monster Maker Round Up! Week 3 Recap

11 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The final week of our newest camp, Movie Monster Maker, ended with a bang and several parents concerned about the welfare of their children. (DON’T WORRY MOM! That toothpick wound is just a trick! A little movie magic, if you … Continue reading ?

The Science of Ceviche – A Summer Seafood Favorite

Written by Ashley Zalta, HMNS Special Events Manager Nothing is more refreshing than the cool delight of eating ceviche on a hot summer’s eve. Here at HMNS, one of our exclusive caterers—Mélange—are experts on this summertime staple and have a … Continue reading ?

Romaine Brooks: Body of Work

yesterdayArts / Museums : Eye Level

In honor of the current exhibition "The Art of Romaine Brooks," eminent scholars Cassandra Langer, Sylvia Kahan, and Helen Langa, joined SAAM's chief curator Virginia Mecklenburg, for a discussion that shed new light onto the artist's life and times.

The Art of Relevance Sneak Peek: Whose Room is This?

yesterdayArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This month, I'm sharing a few chapters from my new book The Art of Relevance to celebrate its release. Read more online and buy your own copy today.One of my biggest aha moments while writing The Art of Relevance was moving away from...Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 6/27-7/3

3 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Britknee (age: 16):  Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty. Behind-the-Scenes Tour … Continue reading ?

Milan-Bound: Exploring the Cultural Landscape

In a few days, I'm headed to my first-ever ICOM triennal conference, with the theme of Museums and Cultural Landscapes, joining thousands of museum colleagues from around the world in Milan, Italy. For most American museum professionals,...Show More Summary

Curious Late Nights at HMNS – The Mystery of Imperato’s Lost Tablet

5 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Disclaimer: This fictional story was written by Julia Russell in Youth Education Programs. Hello everyone, My name is Julia, and it’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since I started my research as a graduate student at HMNS. … Continue reading ?

Conserving Duane Hanson's Woman Eating

6 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

For a decade, Duane Hanson's life-like sculpture Woman Eating has fascinated SAAM visitors. With funding provided by the Smithsonian's Women's Committee, conservators were able to research, examine, document, and treat this work for future generations to continue to enjoy.

Kids Can Learn About Physics at This Block Party, Too!

by Kavita Self The Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land’s summer special exhibit, Block Party, Too! opened Friday, June 3. At the End of School Festival the day before, patrons got an exclusive sneak peek at the summer fun, and … Continue reading ?

Leave Unique Meetings to the Experts: HMNS Has Special Events Down to a Science

  by Ashley Zalta Recent studies have found the current attention span of a human is between eight and nine seconds. That’s the same attention span of a goldfish! To say the least, your typical boardroom meetings aren’t capturing people’s … Continue reading ?

Introducing: The Art of Relevance

last weekArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Kid-tested, nonprofit-approved. It's official. My new book, The Art of Relevance, is now available and ready to move from my computer to your hands.I suggest at this point that you stop reading this post and go buy it. Right now.NotShow More Summary

Meet the Volunteers Who Have ‘Donated Their Bodies to Science’

by Gail Peterkin, HMNS Volunteer “Donate your body to science — volunteer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science!” Or so the tagline goes. Apparently, some volunteers have interpreted the phrase quite literally, and a number of volunteers have spent … Continue reading ?

Educator How-to: Learn to Draw a Celtic Triquetra

At the Houston Museum of Natural Science, we know that people are as much a part of natural science as rocks and dinosaurs. That’s why we love social studies and maintain exhibits like the John P. McGovern Hall of the … Continue reading ?

Luce Artist Talk: Five Questions with Anne Bouie

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

Join us this Saturday, June 25 at 1:30 p.m. for the latest installment of our Luce Artist Talks series. This month's talk features mixed-media artist Anne Bouie, who strives to "express the universal themes of order, harmony, growth, beauty, and transcendence" in her work.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 6/20-6/26

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Michael (age: 15):  Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty. Lecture – … Continue reading ?

Who Inspires You? Or Your Visitors?

We often think--or hope--that people are inspired when they visit our museums or historic sites. "We have great stories," we say, and hope that our visitors can make their way through the thickets of details and biography. Interestingly enough, I've been working on two projects recently where I've actually been asking visitors about inspiration. Show More Summary

Cloudy Views Through a Clear Lens: George Observatory Anticipates Research Explosion When Wet Weather Dissipates

It’s been a wet, cloudy year for George Observatory, but flooding and poor viewing nights at Brazos Bend State Park haven’t kept astronomers from dreaming. Big breakthroughs have happened at the George in the past, and with a complete restoration … Continue reading ?

Romaine Brooks: Gray Matters

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

Romaine Brooks' Self-Portrait The paintings of Romaine Brooks have always made me want to learn more about the artist, ever since first seeing a selection of her work in the Renwick Gallery's Grand Salon in 2009, including her self-portrait and...

Sand Fleas Are Real! (But They’re Not What You Think They Are…)

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Well, it’s summer time again and millions of people will be spending lots and lots of time outdoors. They will go to the lake, they will go to the beach, they will have picnics and barbecues and luaus. All the … Continue reading ?

The Art of Relevance Sneak Peek: How the London Science Museum Became More Relevant to Deaf Families

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

This month, I'm sharing a few chapters from my new book The Art of Relevance in advance of its release. I wrote this book because of a fundamental curiosity about what relevance is and how it works. Here's one of my favorite storiesShow More Summary

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