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What’s “Up” This Month – Celestial Happenings This December

13 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Photo courtesy of Pixabay Our resident astronomer James Wooten is back, and he’s here to tell you what to look up for this month! From meteor showers to solar events, December is shaping up to be an exciting end of … Continue readin...

Honor the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor by Learning Some Fascinating WWII History

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 – 6:30 PM A guarded secret for decades, learn how enriched uranium from Nazi Germany came to be used in United States’ atomic bombs. Researcher Carter Hydrick will detail the surrender of U-boat 234 and its cargo … Continue reading ?

Photography Encouraged: Noguchi Edition

2 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Today, we begin a periodic series of photos visitors take in our galleries where, with many exhibitions, photography is encouraged. In my daily dive into our social media interactions, I take note of the unique ways you, our visitors, capture your experience in SAAM and the Renwick Gallery.

What Next? A Month of Reflection

Like millions of Americans, the last month has been a confusing one for me. I returned home from Ukraine just two days before the election, proudly voted for Hilary Clinton (I just learned that a niece of mine wore different pieces of...Show More Summary

Day With(out) Art 2016: COMPULSIVE PRACTICE

For the 2016 Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS presents COMPULSIVE PRACTICE, a video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as one way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS. The compulsive video practices of these artists serve many... More

The World’s Oldest Vegetarian Poop?

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Winding through the Paleozoic section of our Morian Hall of Paleontology, past the trilobotes, the placoderms, the Sea Scorpions and the other terrifying creatures that roamed the earth at that time, you will eventually come to what we affectionately call … Continue reading ?

An Appreciation for Artist William Christenberry

3 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

SAAM mourns the loss of artist and friend, William Christenberry, who died this past Monday at 80. As a young man, Christenberry often traveled the back roads of the South with his father. He studied painting as a graduate student at the University of Alabama until he discovered James Agee‘s book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.

HMNS Weekly Happenings

3 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Today! Lecture – Scales in Amber: Lizards that ‘Resinate’ Through Deep Time by Juan Daza Lizards preserved in Amber! New to science! The order Squamata is represented today by lizards and snakes (9900 species). Lizards were probably established by the … Continue reading ?

Let's Be Bridge-Builders

3 days agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

When you hear the word "community," what do you envision? I see people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, and income levels. I see them laughing together. Learning together. Taking care of each other. Most of us don't live this dream--yet. Show More Summary

The Afrosurreal Manifesto: A Living Document

  “I’m not a surrealist. I just paint my reality.” — Frida Kahlo THE PAST AND THE PRELUDE In his introduction to the classic novel Invisible Man (1952), ambiguous black and literary icon Ralph Ellison says the process of creation was “far more disjointed than [it] sounds … such was the inner-outer subjective-objective process, pied... More

Give Back and Help the Scientists of Tomorrow #GivingTuesday

4 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

At HMNS, our love of learning is evident in everything we do. We provide education programs for ALL age groups, from interactive labs for students to world-class exhibit halls to phenomenal films in our Burke Baker Planetarium and Wortham Giant … Continue reading ?

Featured Contributor: Evan Kennedy

A few times a season, we like to reach out to a current or former Open Space contributor and find out what they’ve been up to. Evan Kennedy is a poet and last contributed work here in 2011. So, Evan, what have you been up to? I’m writing my memoir. Has anything (artist, artwork, event) in... More

Thank you, HMNS Volunteers!

5 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

It takes much more than a village to successfully operate an organization like HMNS. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most visited museums in the country, but the experiences of each patron would not be the … Continue reading ?

Our New Holiday Shopping Guide is Here!

On the hunt for that perfect gift for the science lovers on your list? Let HMNS’s Museum Store help you out. View our Holiday Gift Guide for inspiration or browse our store. From a dino plush for your little scientist … Continue reading ?

The Potluck: A Native American Thanksgiving Tradition?

We’ve all been to one, some of us probably feeling slightly jaded about being pressured to contribute a dish that will surely be outdone by that one magnificent chef that attends every celebration. But where does the tradition of the … Continue reading ?

A Thanksgiving Gift from Artist Harry Cimino

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

Happy Thanksgiving from SAAM! To celebrate this year's holiday we wanted to share a woodcut by Harry Cimino.

Invaluable and Devoid of Interest

When I invited the french curator Pierre Bal-Blanc to contribute a One Sentence Exhibition, he replied that he’d be coming to San Francisco the following month and would give it to me in person. I had read a few articles by and about Pierre, about his proclivity for paradox, and research for ruptures, so I... More

Fowl Forensics: The Hips Don’t Lie

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia In the old days, paleontologist classified dinosaurs into two general groups: The Ornithischian, or “Bird-hipped” and the Saurischian, or “lizard-hipped” dinosaurs. As the names suggest, the Ornithischians had hip-structures similar to modern birds and the saurischians … Continue reading ?

from There Have Been Some Days I Didn’t Know Your Name

Such passengers on route to the nightly Museum: kettle lit from damp explanations Of birds, fisted mags, wild dish on the pane Soil wondering, it’s unfair to tell if I can say What’s happened in this crowd of rooms Before Venus kills the moon in a fit Of adequate rage.   A sonnet is a... More

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