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Four Ways to give your kid a great birthday at HMNS

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Planning a great birthday party for your little tyke can be daunting to say the least, that’s why we’re here — to make sure your kid AND their friends AND you can have a great time at their birthday party! To top it … Continue readi...

Handi-Hour: Holy Crafting Happy Hour, Batman!

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Handi-hour is finally back on Thursday, September 4. This time we are partnering with the Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle for a Handi-hour with comic book flare! Program coordinator Katie Crooks demonstrates her super power craft making in this round of Handi-hour how to videos; check them out below for a preview of some of the crafts we'll be making at the event.

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: The Equinox Approaches

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This month, Mars remains in the southwest at dusk this month as it pulls away from Saturn. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind. Mars is near Antares in Scorpius by … Continue reading ?

Participatory Moment of Zen: Diverse Visitor Contributions Add Up to Empathy

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Whoever wrote this comment card: thank you. You made my month. For those who can't see the image, the card reads:When I first saw the "pastports" I didn't really understand, but after reading what people wrote in them I felt an overwhelming connection to all the words of so many random people. Show More Summary

STEM & GEMS: Chemical Engineer Stevie Showalter Talks Nerdy To Us

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s Note: As part of our annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) program, we conduct interviews with women who have pursued careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. This week, we’re featuring Stevie Showalter, ALLEX Program Participant for Air Liquide. HMNS: How old … Continue reading ?

Visualizing Consciousness: Hybrids, Fractals, and Ritual

Mandalas are geometric maps of Vajrayana Buddhist visionary worlds. Whether painted or sculpted, they typically consist of nested squares and circles whose fractal geometries define the center of the cosmos and the four cardinal directions. Minutely detailed and saturated with philosophical meaning, mandalas are a feast for the eyes and the mind. For Buddhist meditators, [...]

My Bags are (almost) Packed

On September 6th, I head out for five weeks away from home, in all kinds of surprising locations, places where I expect to learn, to be challenged by new situations, to connect with old friends, to make new ones; and much, much more....Show More Summary

Divide and conquer: Creating new queendoms

What’s a beekeeper to do when fall is around the corner, winter mortality is unnervingly high, and you’ve got just one hive? Make new queens, of course! (Right … just like that!) I’ve been helping Chad Franer, Director of Horticulture, keep bees at the IMA for six years and every season we both learn something […]

Meet Chris Fischer from Ocearch today at HMNS!

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Today at HMNS – meet Chris Fischer, Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader for OCEARCH who will be here today at the opening of our new special exhibition Shark! Event Details:Friday, August 292:00 – 4:00 p.m.Glassell Hall in front of Shark! exhibit Tickets:FREE for … Continue reading ?

Teaching next-gen art making for the next generation of artists

Since we first made use of our 3D printer, we’ve grown the number of things we’ve used it for, ranging from creating a participatory experience...

Celebrating Labor Day with Ralph Fasanella

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

American Art's exhibition Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget will open at the American Folk Art Museum in his home city of New York on September 2, 2014, celebrating both the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth as well as the soul of Labor Day as an American holiday of commemoration and honor. Show More Summary

Come to the Dark Side: Distinguished Lecture Explores Dark Matter

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The ordinary atoms that make up the known universe — from our bodies and the air we breathe to the planets and stars — constitute only 5 percent of all matter and energy in the cosmos. The rest is known as … Continue reading ?

Hoosier thoughts on a Haarlem artist: Booth Tarkington on the IMA’s Portrait of Frans Hals

In the preface to a catalogue of an exhibition at the John Herron Art Museum (the predecessor to the IMA) in 1937, Indianapolis native Booth Tarkington (1869-1946) [Fig. 1] expresses his admiration for the Portrait of Frans Hals [Fig. 2], then thought to be by the master’s own hand: “…a keen and living bit of […]

What's Coming Up, What Happened, How Can I Help, and What the Heck is this E-Blast For, Anyway?

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Like a lot of organizations, our museum sends out a weekly email to folks who are interested in upcoming events, exhibitions, and happenings at our museum. We are sensitive to keeping it short, interesting, and readable. We mostly focus on sharing what exhibitions are on and which events are coming up that week. Show More Summary

‘What’s wood glue doing there?’ Connecting the dots to repair an ancient join

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Hello again, and welcome to the third post in my series on the conservation of a Third-Intermediate-Period coffin lid at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. As our team in the lab has seen, many times repairs of ancient objects are not … Continue reading ?

Art Conservation: A Look Inside Pio Casimiro Bacener's Autorretrato

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Pamela Johnson, a Graduate Fellow at American Art's Lunder Conservation Center looks very closely, using X-radiography and infrared at the work of Pio Casimiro Bacene.

What Fundraising Letter Made Me Mad?

One of my all-time most-read posts is 2010's Are County Historical Societies Dinosaurs? in which I took on what I saw as the increasing irrelevance of many historical societies. I've learned that it's assigned in museum studies and public history courses and shows up in some unexpected places. Show More Summary

SHARK!

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This post was written by Diana Birney, Supervising Marine Biologist for our upcoming SHARK! exhibit, opening August 29, 2015. We fear them, we love them, and we are fascinated by them. We have a whole week on television dedicated to them that … Continue reading ?

Sunday Funday comes to HMNS with Mixers & Elixirs Pluto Pity Party

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Extend your Sunday Funday to the Houston Museum of Natural Science August 24 and raise a glass to the infamously demoted Pluto at our Pluto Pity Party! Come to Mixers & Elixirs and remember the good ol’ days when we had … Continue reading ?

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