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Join us for the August 21 eclipse

7 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The New Moon of Monday, August 21, 2017, aligns with the Sun and the Earth well enough to cast its shadow onto the Earth. The umbral shadow, where the Moon completely blocks the Sun, passes across the center of the USA, causing a total solar eclipse on a path from central Oregon to Charleston, SC. […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings

Film Screening – Penguins 3D with Diane Olsen Join Diane Olsen who cares for the penguins at Moody Gardens for a special evening viewing of “Penguins 3D” in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre. A tour of “Faces from the Southern Ocean” will follow the film. Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – 6:30 PM Members $12, Tickets […]

Live: MuseumNext Europe Day One

14:45 — Fabrique workshop Fabrique talk no 3: “Creating a digital strategy is like ordering Indian food”. So…how a gamechanger should approach it? our table will… Read More ? The post Live: MuseumNext Europe Day One appeared first on MuseumNext.

The Cost of Internships

Last month an email popped up in my inbox via an industry mailing list: ‘I am recruiting an intern to lead on building and populating… Read More ? The post The Cost of Internships appeared first on MuseumNext.

Are You “Down” To Talk About T rex Feathers? Our Very Own Specimen Has Some Input To Give

4 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  The controversy about whether famous dinosaurs had feathers has been raging for a while now. We’ve known that some dinosaurs had feathers ever since Archaeopteryx was discovered in 1861, but more recent discoveries of the presence of feather-like structures on larger dinosaurs ( like Lane the Triceratops here at HMNS) that are more distantly related to […]

Huehueteotl: The Old Fire God Of The Aztec

4 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

A perfect example of a fascinating object that most visitors to HMNS don’t see, this ceramic figure of Huehueteotl is of Classic Veracruz origin. The Classic Veracruz Culture existed from roughly 100-1000 AD and is largely unknown to the general public because it is overshadowed by contemporaneous cultures like that of Teotihuacan and  later the […]

Five Reasons that Museums are Radical Spaces

Museums often hold diverse collections.  Think of the Royal Ontario Museum whose holdings include dinosaurs, building columns, and moccasins in one collection.  Accusations of privilege… Read More ? The post Five Reasons that Museums are Radical Spaces appeared first on MuseumNext.

A Fearless Museum Exhibit: A Post in Honor of World Refugee Day

Monday was World Refugee Day so it seems the past time to share one of the most meaningful museum experiences I’ve had in a long time. It’s taken me far too long to write about—but if you’ve been in conversation with me over the last several months, I’ve probably told you about it. Show More Summary

A Photographer and a Writer Walk into a Museum

4 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The other day, in my quest to look at works of art with fresh eyes, I asked a colleague to join me (that's one way to get new eyes) in a walk through the museum, and let me know what spoke to him.

Stromatolites: Little Bacteria, Big Impact

6 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  People come from all over the world to see our Morian Hall of Paleontology, but of them are so excited to see the dinosaurs that they pass right by the fossils at the entrance to the hall. Those amorphous blocks, seemingly insignificant, are our collection of stromatolites. Stromatolites are columnar structures created by cyanobacteria, […]

10 Startups Disrupting Museums

While plenty of innovation happens in museums and galleries, there is also an incredible ecosystem of innovative startups working alongside the cultural sector. These companies… Read More ? The post 10 Startups Disrupting Museums appeared first on MuseumNext.

Ancient Egyptian Gold At HMNS!

The crazy thing about our Hall of Ancient Egypt is that every object has an amazing story behind it and there’s just so much that it’s easy to overlook some pretty fascinating pieces. Part of the mission of the Beyond Bones blog is to bring the little things to the big public. Here, all those […]

Movies at SAAM: Summer 2017

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

Are you looking for something cool and entertaining to do this summer? Look no further! "Movies at SAAM" has got you covered. We're excited to bring you a wonderful lineup of movies and guest speakers that will provide a refreshing look into American art.

HMNS Weekly Happenings

Mixers & Elixirs   It’s time to mix it up!   Mixers and Elixirs is back for the summer with live music, food trucks, cash bars and intelligent nighlife with a twist.   Fridays from 7-10 p.m.   June23 – Mango Punch   July 21 – Electric Circus   August 11 – Grupo Kache   […]

Aztec Crime And Punishment: Results Of The International Conference For The Codex Xolotl

By Jerry Offner, Associate Curator for Northern Mesoamerica Houston Museum of Natural science   The Houston Museum of Natural Science and La Bibliothèque nationale de France have been cooperating in a new and unique scientific endeavor: special imaging of two Aztec Codex documents from before the Spanish conquest. Part one of this article will discuss the imaging […]

The Threads That Connect the Stars: Poet Martín Espada on His Father's Life and Work

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

Martín Espada's incantatory poetry reading at SAAM in honor of Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography paid lasting tribute to his father, the documentary photographer Frank Espada (1930-2014), whose work is featured in the exhibition.

Seven Productivity Hacks for Museum Professionals

Working in a museum has never been so demanding, and increasingly what every museum job has in common is that there don’t seem to be… Read More ? The post Seven Productivity Hacks for Museum Professionals appeared first on MuseumNex...

My Favorite Part About Camp!

Summer is here and our campers have arrived! As the museum buzzes with activity and excitement this week, we have for your viewing pleasure another installment of our “My Favorite Part About Camp…” series. Some of the Education staff started their careers at HMNS as campers in Xplorations Summer Camps; some of us started as […]

Not Your Average Tie—10 Father’s Day Gifts for the Geeky Dad

Let’s be honest, dad’s got enough ties in his drawer. Get your science-loving dad something unique, and this week, Dad wins when you shop at the Museum store! This Father’s Day, when you buy more you save more. Just use promo code FATHER at check out. We’ve rounded up the top ten gifts for dads, and this sale […]

3 Lessons learnt from Building our first Museum Chatbot… 15 years ago!

Once upon a time, in 2002, when mobile phones were like this, we were working at the Digital Department of the Science Museum “Leonardo da… Read More ? The post 3 Lessons learnt from Building our first Museum Chatbot… 15 years ago! appeared first on MuseumNext.

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