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F-stops and Faberge: Getting snap happy at HMNS

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

After-hours at the Museum on November 2, we had another one of our exclusive Pixel Parties — where we open select exhibits just for photographers (both amateur and professional). This time around, we gave our photographers access to our newly re-opened … Continue reading ?

‘Tis The Season: Get 20% Off Select Designers from 12-4 at Today’s Holiday Trunk Show

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Swipe and smile at the Museum store Trunk Shows, where we’re giving you exclusive access to unique designer jewelry at exclusive prices. Find original designs, sure to be the perfect gift — all at 20 percent off (plus member discounts). As … Continue reading ?

Wing and a Prayer: Birds in Contemporary Art

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Eye Level had a chance to catch up with Joanna Marsh, the James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art at American Art, for a conversation about our current exhibition, The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art, which is currently...


Over the past year, the themes of courage and empathy have repeatedly come into my professional life, from watching Ukrainian museums and the Revolution to working with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center on ways to convey emotional, not physical, courage to museum visitors. Show More Summary

HMNS Birthdays: Are you a party smarty?

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s note: This post was written by HMNS Birthday Party Assistant Manager.  We have had the proud honor of hosting 460 birthday parties at the Houston Museum of Natural Science this past year! We have enjoyed the new faces of guests having their party with us … Continue reading ?

One API to Rule Them All

In the web development world, RESTish APIs (Application Programming Interface) have slowly become the de facto standard by which different computing systems are used to...

Quick Hit: Three Blogs to Expand Your Arts Nonprofit Universe

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

It's that time of year. Scrambling at work, socializing afterwards... which, if you are a torn extro/introvert like me, can involve a lot of time in the bathroom reading while everyone else is toasting the season.Here are three blogs that I'm loving these days for breaks from the chaos. Show More Summary

The stars at night are big and…. falling: Geminid Meteor Shower Returns December 13!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Of the many meteor showers that occur throughout the year, the Geminid Meteor Shower in December may be the most reliably active. This meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes near 3200 Phaethon, a Palladian Asteroid. The Geminids were first … Continue reading ?

New Acquisitions: Judith Schaechter's The Birth of Eve

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, joined American Art's Renwick Gallery staff earlier this year. She talked with Eye Level about the museum's recent acquisition The Birth of Eve by Judith Schaechter, which joins her 1990 work A Little Torcher also in the museum's permanent collection.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening this week (12/8-12/14) at HMNS

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week! Film Screening & Lecture Dinosaur 13 Tuesday, December 9 6:00 p.m.Join paleontologists Peter Larson … Continue reading ?

What Do You See in This Picture from the Rijksmuseum?

This picture has been all over my social media feed for the last week. It's a group of teenagers engrossed in their phones in front of Rembrandt's Night Watch at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. And the more I read comments from my colleagues, the madder I got. Show More Summary

Indie Arcade at American Art: Five Questions with Chris Totten

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Kaylin Lapan, public programs coordinator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and a game enthusiast, asks Chris Totten, Chair of the DC chapter of the Independent Game Developers Association (IGDA) and professor at American University's GameLab, about the changing environment of indie gaming, in anticipation of American Art's Indie Arcade on December 7th at 1-7 p.m.

The Plight of the Wild Rhino

The contest to find a nickname for the beloved rhino-shaped bronze vessel allows the museum to offer insight on the significance of art works made from rhino horns, as well as the endangered state of today’s wild rhino. The rhinoceros was of special importance to the ancient Chinese, as the museum’s famous rhinoceros-shaped vessel, which […]

Dinosaur Drama Makes for a Stellar Documentary: Dinosaur 13 screening coming to HMNS December 9

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Join Peter Larson and Robert T. Bakker at HMNS for lecture and final screening of Dinosaur 13 in the Giant Screen Theatre Tuesday, December 9. When paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from South Dakota’s Black Hills Institute made one of the world’s … Continue reading ?

Agile Baby Steps

By and large, most software in the world is made to a spec enshrined into immutability, then interpreted differently by various parts of the teams...

Taking Up Room On The Floor

The RIP videos made by Oakland turf dancing crew Turf Feinz appeared in 2009-2010, commemorating recent deaths of young people in Oakland. It’s been four years or more since most of them were posted, which in turfing time, like internet time, might as well be forty. However, many, if not all, of the dancers in […]

BOOM! Turfing Against the World

In 2010, the annual juried show at Southern Exposure was titled BOOM! Thinking back on it now, I love that curator Astria Suparak called it BOOM! It was a little melodramatic for a few rooms of generally non-explosive works of art, but prescient in a way. BOOM! – the beat comes in and everybody moves.  […]

Will They Play in Pyongyang? Culture, Geography, and Participation

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

The objections started in Texas. During a workshop on museum visitor participation, someone spoke up and objected: "this might work in California, but it will never work in Texas."Then in Australia: "this might work in America, but it...Show More Summary

Home is Where The Science is: Become a museum member this Giving Tuesday!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

They say home is where your heart is. That’s why HMNS is home to Lane the Triceratops, Nesh Kahns the mummy, a few bamboo sharks and, most certainly, our amazingly devoted patrons.  This Giving Tuesday, consider making our Museum your home. We would … Continue reading ?

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: A solstice and a shower for December

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

This month, Mars remains in the southwest at dusk this month as it moves through Capricornus. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind.  Jupiter is now high in the south at … Continue reading ?

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