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Museums Are Not Neutral

Museums have the potential to be relevant, socially-engaged spaces in our communities, acting as agents of positive change.  Yet, too often, they strive to remain… Read More ? The post Museums Are Not Neutral appeared first on MuseumNext.

Sea Stars: Unstoppable Killers Of The Ocean?

last monthArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Most people call them starfish, a more accurate name to call them would be sea stars, but personally I prefer to call them terrifying reminders of my own mortality. My own personal prejudices aside, the reason “starfish” isn’t an accurate term is because they aren’t fish. They’re echinoderms, a group of marine animals that exsisted […]

What's Your Vision?

last monthArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

It's 8am in the classroom; 5am in my body. I'm sitting at my assigned seat, next to a man who sells trailers in in Indiana, a woman who runs a Chamber of Commerce in Pennsylvania, and a guy who provides liability insurance to doctors across the US. Show More Summary

HMNS Weekly Happenings

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    Lecture & Tour – Magnificent Malacology by Tina Petway    Ranging in size from snails so small that we can barely see them to giant squids more than 60 feet long, mollusks are invertebrate creatures with soft, unsegmented bodies, many of which house themselves in shells. Malacology is the study of this highly […]

Why museums should stop producing exhibitions

This of course sounds rather provocative, I am well aware of that, but the point is not to stop showing exhibitions in museums but to… Read More ? The post Why museums should stop producing exhibitions appeared first on MuseumNext.

Where Do You Learn Best? My Personal Learning Journey from Conferences to Trainings

last monthArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

The Museum 2.0 blog started because of a conference. In 2006, I attended a big conference for the first time (ASTC). I went alone, sent with a blessing from my boss at the International Spy Museum. I dutifully went to sessions all day, every day. Show More Summary

The Night Sky In October, 2017

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   Celestial Happenings This Month     Autumn represents sort of an ‘intermission’ in the sky, with bright summer stars setting at dusk, while bright winter patterns such as Orion have not yet risen.   The ‘teapot’ of Sagittarius sets in the southwest early in the evening.  The Summer Triangle is high in the west.   […]

The Inspiring Story Of World’s Creepiest Parrot: The Kea

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

It’s October, time to take our yearly dose of fright around the campfire and let out all our heathenish mischief before we have to act like angels during the holidays, right?. Yes, we need October. But honestly it’s not because we’re all evil. The fact is that scaring the whits out of our friends and […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Lecture – Timeline of the Universe by Carolyn Sumners The space-time continuum–the joining of two, once separate, concepts have allowed science to understand how the Universe works. Dr. Carolyn Sumners, HMNS VP of Astronomy, will explain our personal sense of time, Earth time, star time, and finally, cosmic time–including the time scale of the Big […]

Want To Bring HMNS Home? Shop For Real Fossils, Beautiful Art, And Rare Treasures Pulled From The Earth In Our Cabinet Of Curiosities Shop

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Home decorating is a never ending process, which can be dreadful or exciting. We choose the latter. Summer is over and autumn is here. It’s the perfect season to cozy up your home into a museum style haven. Our Cabinet of Curiosities shop is the perfect place to start, or end. While you might […]

Platform Power: Scaling Impact

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Last month, I sat in the back of a meeting room at the MAH and watched something extraordinary happen. Our county board of supervisors had brought their official meeting to the museum. They were off-site for the first time in years, holding a special study session sparked by an exhibition about foster youth, Lost Childhoods. Show More Summary

Cockrell Butterfly Center Fall Plant Sale

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

    Day: Saturday September 30, 2017 Time: 9am-noon Location CHANGE: Ground level. Outside of the HMNS main entrance by the Sun Dial   Some people might not think that fall is an important time to add plants to your garden, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! Here in Houston, fall is a […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Lecture – The Great Road Trip: New Stories in the Human Journey by John Kappelman   The lure of what lies over the next horizon has always been a central part of our human quest. Dr. John Kappelman will present the latest research information on about our explorations–places, dates, and even genomic analysis–has helped to […]

Why Does Autumn Start While It’s Still So Hot?!

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

It’s a common joke I’ve been hearing lately, and in a way it makes sense. Why celebrate the beginning of the season before the weather even begins to change?  However, there are more changes in store for us than merely the temperature, and in the past these changes have been a vital reminder to our […]

Metropolitan Museum of Art Named #1 Museum for Third Year in a Row

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum Marketing

Travel website TripAdvisor® today announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for Museums. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity… Read More ? The post Metropolitan Museum of Art Named #1 Museum for Third Year in a Row appeared first on MuseumNext.

Pirate Treasure At HMNS…?

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

So today is National pirate day, and a lot of people have been asking me if we have any pirate-related (piratical?) objects in our collection at HMNS. One thing I can say with certainty is that a pirate in a jam would be lucky to find himself roaming through our halls. We have many deadly […]

5 Strategies for Keeping Your Exhibit on Budget

2 months agoArts / Museums : Museum Marketing

Museum exhibits can be pricey. Whether it’s a permanent installation or a travelling exhibition, myriad influences can affect the cost. Image acquisition, AV hardware, shipping,… Read More ? The post 5 Strategies for Keeping Your Exhibit on Budget appeared first on MuseumNext.

HMNS Weekly Happenings

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Lecture – The Religious Question: Texas Colonization, Mexico and Church, 1770-1836 by Brian Stauffer Religious dynamics played a part in shaping the fortunes of Texas starting in her days as the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. Mexico’s rupture with Spain in 1821 raised new questions about the place of the powerful Catholic Church in […]

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Every year, I ask mentees to contribute blog posts as a part of their year-long mentorship with me. Tania Said, director of education, David Owsley Museum of Art Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana and I have had some great conversations. Show More Summary

Add Some Medieval Math To Your Next Science Night!

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

By Jayme Schlimper, HMNS Outreach Presenter With school finally back in session, it’s time to start thinking about all the ways we can make learning all the important things as painless as possible. If you’re anything like me, math is not your favorite subject. It’s confusing at times and difficult to imagine all those numbers […]

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