The Educator Event @HMNS Save the Date! Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 The Houston Museum of Natural Science is proud to present The Educator Event @HMNS, generously supported by Shell, on January 20, 2018. This conference-style event gives educators a unique chance to learn about the educational opportunities provided by museums, educational nonprofits and local […]
If you’re just joining us on our slightly nauseating journey through the wonders of Medieval medicine, you may want to check out the first blog in this series. If you’re already on board, I promised you poop and it is poop you are going to get! I feel there is a Freudian joke there, […]
The Great Square of Pegasus sets in the western sky. Taurus, the Bull, is almost overhead. Dazzling Orion, the Hunter is high in the southeast, with his two dogs behind him. Sirius, the Big Dog Star, is the brightest star we ever see at night. Leo, the Lion, rises in the east. […]
BTS – Wiess – Part 1: Upstream: Geologic Formation to Drilling Too large to cover in one evening, the behind-the-scenes tour of the new Wiess Energy Hall is split into two sessions. Part 1 is Geologic Formation to Drilling. Part 2 is Midstream, Downstream and Electrical Generation: Pipelines, Refining and Power. Wednesday, January 10, […]
You run a regional museum. It's been struggling financially for years. Now, you have a new vision--co-created with trustees and community leaders--for a path forward. You'll transform it into an interactive science-oriented institution. Show More Summary
Like 2016, 2017 brought me many memorable museum experiences--that's memorable in a good way. Of course, there were a couple that were memorable in the "oh, no" kind of way, but in a spirit of generosity, here's what I saw, experienced and felt last year that I find myself sharing with friends and colleagues. Show More Summary
Organized warfare has been part of human history for thousands of years. Over time advances in offensive weapons gave rise to advances in defensive measures. Times of crisis often led to a speeding up of such changes. One of those times were the Crusades. At the time I am writing this, the Houston Museum […]
Trains Over Texas Departing from the station January 7, 2018! All Aboard! Create holiday memories by travelling across Texas by model railroad in this scratch built “O” scale model. The multiple trains crisscrossing the state will visit important and unique places in the state’s geology and physiography. Destinations include oil country salt domes, prairies […]
By Kim Vera, Membership Copywriter The year is coming to a close and we are looking forward to 2018. In case you missed out, here’s a recap of the fun Member events we had during the previous months. Stay up to date with HMNS by subscribing to our weekly Member newsletter and following […]
This time of year, most planetariums (including ours) are offering shows explaining what the Christmas Star might actually have been. Of course, to have this conversation we must make two assumptions, each of which many dispute: 1) the star was a true historical event and 2) it has a natural scientific explanation and is not […]
Was there a dinosaur-equivalent of Santa Claus living at the North Pole a 110 million years ago? The lack of fossil evidence suggests not…. But don’t worry because there were definitely dinosaurs living in the South Pole during the early cretaceous! Leaellynasaura amicagraphica is probably the most famous South Polar dinosaur, it was a small (about 1 meter in […]
Last month, I went to an amazing training called the Skid Row School for Social Change. The mission of the Skid Row School is to train leaders to scale solutions to the world’s biggest problems as rapidly as possible. It's run by Becky...Show More Summary
What’s old is new, or so they say. That’s fine when it comes to fashion trends and music, but what about medicine? Surley modern medicine is superior in every way to the medicine of old? Not so fast, in 2015, researchers at Nottingham University “recreated a ninth-century Anglo-Saxon remedy using onion, garlic and part […]
Wondering where you're headed next? It's time for the 6th round of my own small mentor program. For five years, I've virtually met once a month with one or two colleagues, for a year, to talk museums, careers, how larger issues affect our field and how to strategically navigate a workplace. Show More Summary
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Watch this space for an announcement of my 2018 mentor program! Details the week of December 18.
The primary purpose of a wall is to hold the ceiling up, but they also get used for a lot of other things that vary depending on culture. Here in Houston we often use the walls in our homes and offices as blank canvases. Walls are also used for storage. Here and now, we store […]
BTS – Knights Enjoy the Knights special exhibition in the evening when the museum is closed to the public. Your master docent will take you back to the very origins of knighthood, in the days after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. Chivalry, feudalism and knighting will be introduced alongside a wide array […]