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What I Learned about Strangers from Jane Jacobs on my Winter Vacation

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Yes, I was that woman on the beach with a library book about urban planning. And loved it.One of my vacation goals was to think big picture about public space. I'm entrenched in a project to build a creative town square in Santa Cruz connected to my museum. Show More Summary

Wonder Women of STEM: Mary Anning, Fossil Hunter

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: This post is the first in a series featuring influential women from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields in the lead up to HMNS’ annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) event, February 21, 2015. Click here to get … Continue reading ?

Challenges using the iPod Touch for a Mobile Testing Environment

In previous blog posts we’ve discussed the results of our initial user testing. In this blog post we’ll talk about the process and challenges of getting...

Dancing into the New Year: Inspirations

To start 2015 in a culture of appreciation, I want to share two recent New York City museum experiences that reinforced for me the importance of joy and creativity in our work.First up, the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Much has been written about all the technology in play at the museum--but that's only part of the reason to go. Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 1/5/15-1/11-15

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Two New Movies Added to Wortham Giant Screen Theatre Lineup Starting Monday, January 5Tiny Giants 3DCome on an extraordinary adventure into magical worlds beneath our feet that most of us never see – one where life is lived at an extraordinary … Continue reading ?

STEMS & GEMS: HMNS’ Erin Mills gives us the buzz on bugs

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: As part of our annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) program happening February 21 2015, we conduct interviews with women who have pursued careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. This week, we’re featuring Erin Mills, Entomologist at the Cockrell … Continue reading ?

Throwback Thursday: The Marchbanks Calendar—December by Harry Cimino

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

It's Throwback Thursday! And we at Eye Level have decided it's a great opportunity to bring back some of our interesting posts from the past. Since the holidays signal the start of winter we thought you'd enjoy Howard's post from 2008 on Harry Cimino's The Marchbanks Calendar—December. We here at the Smithsonian American Art Museum wish all of our readers the best for 2015.

What You Lose When You Become Embedded, and a Moment of Mourning for Blog Conversations

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

In the community engagement universe, there's a high premium on arts organizations becoming "embedded" in their communities. Instead of being lone islands of culture, the goal is to be part of the fabric of diverse cultural life.I'm proud of the way that my own museum works on embeddedness. Show More Summary

"New forms work, winds of change"

In a post just after I finished a series of workshops in Ukraine this fall, I wrote about what the four of us had learned as presenters, and promised a follow-up post on what our enthusiastic participants from dozens of museums had learned. Show More Summary

#MuseumsrespondtoFerguson Update

I just wanted to update readers on the many thoughtful responses on the issue of whether museums have a choice and a responsibility to take action on social justice issues, most particularly those of race, occasioned by the recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and sadly, other locations throughout the United States. Show More Summary

Ring in 2015 with HMNS: Open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

It’s the Holiday Season! With family and friends around you’ll want to take them to HMNS for fun, adventure and science for sure! We’re open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day so ring in 2015 with HMNS! Open extended hours (9:00 a.m. … Continue reading ?

It’s Alive! Dr. Bakker Tells us how to make skeletons dance

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Some museums buy fossil-kits, all the bones drilled and filled with pipe fittings so that they click together to make the whole skeletal assembly. It’s quick. But if you have an anatomically sophisticated eye, and you scrutinize the kits, you’ll … Continue reading ?

Making Korean Ceramics

When is the last time you saw something creative and beautiful that you just had to share? Last week, I was privileged to visit the California College of Arts to join a ceramics class presenting their final works of the semester. This class consists of students in their first and second years and introduces to […]

Holidays at HMNS: Open Extended Hours, Closed Christmas Day

last monthArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

It’s the Holiday Season! With family and friends around you’ll want to take them to HMNS for fun, adventure and science for sure! We’re closed Christmas Day, but open extended hours, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., through January 4.

Art Bird Watching: Fun For the Whole Flock in Any Weather!

last monthArts / Museums : Eye Level

Sara Snyder helped organize the #ArtBirds Social Media Scavenger hunt to encourage awareness of how artists use bird imagery as part of our exhibition "The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art." She fills us in on the bird watching activities, both outdoors and in, as part of our show. "The Singing and the Silence" is on view now through February 22, 2015.

How Museum Hack Transforms Museum Tours: Interview with Dustin Growick

last monthArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

A new company in New York, Museum Hack, is reinventing the museum tour from the outside in. They give high-energy, interactive tours of the Metropolitan Museum and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). The tours are pricey,Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 12/22/14-1/4/15

last monthArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Holiday Hours HMNS Hermann ParkFrom December 20 to January 4, the Museum will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.The Museum will be CLOSED Christmas Day. HMNS at Sugar Land From December 19, 2014 – January 5, 2015, HMNS Sugar … Continue reading ?

These students are real GEMS: Girls Exploring Math and Science

last monthArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

On February 21, 2015, The Houston Museum of Natural Science will celebrate our tenth year hosting Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS)! GEMS highlights student projects covering science, technology, engineering and math. It aims to increase interest in STEM through student presented projects, … Continue reading ?

Paper to Predator: Making your own shark with sandpaper!

last monthArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Have you ever touched a living shark? Sounds like a scary proposition, but you can do so safely at Shark! The Touch Tank Experience.  Before you reach into that tank observe shark’s skin (above). How might it feel to the touch? A … Continue reading ?

Conservation: Cleaning Hiram Powers' Greek Slave

last monthArts / Museums : Eye Level

Allison Rabent is a pre-program volunteer at the Lunder Conservation Center. She is working with conservators on a variety of activities. Allison, along with the project's lead, Conservation Technician Susan Edwards, recently investigated an ongoing treatment of Hiram Powers' Greek Slave and shares their findings with us below. Show More Summary

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