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Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 5/2-5/8

2 hours agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Dylan (age: 9): 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. Cultural Feast … Continue reading ?

Under a Gold Blanket: Discovery Guide Tours Famed Mine in Minas Gerais

by “Cretaceous” Chris Wells Brazil is a beautiful country, but not in the same way as the Florida Keys, Hawaii, or Aspen. Everywhere in Brazil you have a wonderful dichotomy between the grotesque and the graceful. The entire country is … Continue reading ?

Peale-ing Back American History: the Life of Charles Willson Peale and his Cabinet of Curiosities

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

In the first fan girl crush blog about Charles Willson Peale, I talked about how Peale created the first American Museum. Today, I’m talking about the rest of his life. Part of the reason I admire Peale so much is … Continue reading...

Team Detective: What's Your Team's Spirit?

I'm an avid mystery reader, which I always thought of as leisure, unconnected to work. But I've been thinking that there is a connection. Part of any consultant's job is to go into a place and size up the situation quickly. I'm not looking for footprints or the dog that didn't bark in the night, but I am looking for how a team works together. Show More Summary

Beached Galveston Whale Raises Concerns and Curiosities

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Back in December, a 44-foot sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis) washed ashore and died on the Galveston coastline near the Terramar subdivision. It was sighted by a passerby who spied it rolling in the waves, its spout the only clear sign … Continue reading ?

Luce Artist Talk: Five (plus one) Questions with Brian Davis

3 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Multimedia artist and sculptor Brian Davis rounds out this spring's Luce Artist Talks series on Saturday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. The Luce Artist Talks series brings in local artists to discuss their current projects in relation to the objects on view in our Luce Foundation Center. Show More Summary

Curator's Travel Journal: In Rufino Tamayo's Footsteps (4)

5 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino Art at SAAM was recently in Mexico to research her upcoming exhibition on the acclaimed 20th-century Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo's lengthy residence and production in New York City, Tamayo: The New York Years. Show More Summary

The Adventures of Archie the Traveling T. Rex: Big Bend National Park

5 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by Charlotte Brohi Well, it’s Archie reporting in…. After my visit to Paris, I thought it high time I went to a place closer to home that has fossil records of some of my friends in the dinosaur world. Can … Continue reading ?

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 4/25-5/1

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Miles Sparks (age: 8): 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. Film … Continue reading ?

My Little Stinky: Corpse Flower Cousin on Display at the Cockrell Butterfly Center

Meet Lois’s baby cousin, Amorphophallus paeoniifolius. It may not be as large or as smelly as the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) that bloomed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in 2010, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome! It’s blooming in … Continue reading ?

Listen Up! Part Two

I 've been doing lots of listening lately. Dave Lewis' guest post last week had me thinking about the sound of museum missions, and this week's work with the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace reminded me of the power of voices in this case,...Show More Summary

Where Fact and Fiction Meet: LA’s Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Cabinet of Curiosities

I have two lives. At the Houston Museum of Natural Science, I’m a science blogger, but in my art life, I’m an aspiring novelist. Occasionally, I have the privilege of embarking on a literary pilgrimage to a city I’ve never … Continue reading ?

Luce Unplugged: 5 Questions with Humble Fire

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

Next Thursday, join us for another night of music and art at Luce Unplugged with Humble Fire on April 28th at 5:30 p.m. in the Luce Foundation Center.

WONDER Artist Interview: Jennifer Angus

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

Artist Jennifer Angus uses brilliantly colored insects in her thought-provoking installation, In the Midnight Garden, on view through May 8 in the exhibition WONDER. Eye Level had a chance to catch up with Jennifer and ask her about her work, the importance of insects to the natural world, and even to take a peek into her closet.

Advocacy Policy, Part Two - And Why Now is an Especially Good Time to Create One

last weekArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

A few months ago, the MAH board and staff started discussing whether and how to create a formal policy for advocacy activities. I blogged about it, and you offered several good pointers on what should be considered in constructing it. Show More Summary

Betsy Broun, SAAM's Director, Announces Her Retirement

last weekArts / Museums : Eye Level

Elizabeth "Betsy" Broun, who has led SAAM and the Renwick since 1989, is retiring at the end of the year. Her tenure has been marked by groundbreaking exhibitions, digital innovation, new educational opportunities, and a push to broaden our collections of contemporary, folk, self-taught, African American, Latino, and new media arts.

Aperture and Amber: Our Amber Secrets Pixel Party Recap

After-hours at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on April 10, we hosted one of our exclusive Pixel Parties — where we open select exhibits just for photographers (both amateur and professional). This time around, we gave photographers access to … Continue reading ?

Because That’s How You Get Ants: Flooding Causes Displaced Critters to Run for Shelter, Too

Most of you probably didn’t make it in to work today, and after my short drive to the Houston Museum of Natural Science this morning, I would say that was a good call. There were plenty of cars stalled in … Continue reading ?

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 4/18-4/24

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Fritz (age: 12): 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 ?

‘Shark Finning Should Stop’: a Letter from the Next Generation

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The Youth Education department at the Houston Museum of Natural Science received an unexpected letter last month from a concerned elementary school student named Octavia. She takes a stand against shark finning, an issue weighing heavily on the hearts of … Continue reading ?

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