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Leap years: proof that Earth is always running late

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware 2016 is a leap year. February will have 29 days as part of a four-year mathematical cycle that has been observed in the Gregorian calendar since 1582. The reason we … Continue reading ?

Luce Unplugged: Five Questions for Color Palette

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Welcome spring with the warm electronic rock sound of Color Palette at the next installation of SAAM's monthly concert series Luce Unplugged. The performance takes place Thursday, March 3rd at 6 p.m.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/22-2/28

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! Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Ahab: Want to get your engineering handwork … Continue reading ?

Asking Great Questions

My two weeks in Latvia flew by, filled with thoughtful, passionate engaged new colleagues, 8 different workshops, loads of conversation, plus a chance to learn about the past, present, and future of this country. I facilitated one workshop at the National History Museum about integrating visitor voices and perspectives into museums. Show More Summary

The Dome is Done! Planetarium renovation moving ahead right on schedule

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The Burke Baker Planetarium and Friedkin Theater renovation project reached a milestone this week, and we at the museum are brimming with anticipation! Okay. That’s an understatement. What really happened when we heard the news is we ran around screaming, … Continue reading ?

Strong STEM Branches from GEMS: Girls Exploring Math and Science

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The Houston Museum of Natural Science, along with the Girls Scouts of San Jacinto Council, cordially invite you to attend the Girls Exploring Math and Science event, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. GEMS is a free event … Continue reading ?

Irving Penn: Choreographer

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

When I started to write "photographer" after Irving Penn's name the other day, I actually began to spell the word "choreographer" instead. Hmmm, I thought, that's interesting, maybe I should take a closer look at that. In fact there is something of the choreographer in Penn, in subject matter as well as in composition.

Love, Dating, and Art in the Luce Foundation Center

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Whether we're single or in a relationship, Valentine's Day is always a reminder of our dating status. If you'd like a distraction and want to hear about others' instead, then join us for the Luce Foundation Center's February Artist Talk on Saturday, February 20 at 1:30 p.m. with artists Dafna Steinberg, Jennifer Towner, and Jenny Walton.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/15-2/21

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! Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation: Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by … Continue reading ?

The cutting-edge returns to the Burke Baker Planetarium, where astronauts once trained

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Think back to the technology of the late 1980s: corded phones, boom boxes, cathode color TVs. In this era, it’s tough to imagine how anyone achieved the remarkable feat of traveling to space and orbiting the Earth without WiFi or … Continue reading ?

Five Questions: Craft in a Different Light

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The reopening of the Renwick is cause for celebration: WONDER is setting attendance records and turning visitors into instant Instagrammers. Eye Level recently sat down with Renwick curators Nicholas Bell (The Fleur and Charles Bresler...Show More Summary

We Remember Collector Teodoro Vidal

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Teodoro Vidal, who died last month at the age of 92 in his native Puerto Rico, was a businessman, folklorist, and philanthropist. He was also a collector and self-taught historian, and in the mid-1990s, donated more than half of his collection of 3,346 objects to the Smithsonian.

Dispatches from the Gulf: Film examines the effects of Deepwater Horizon oil spill

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster may no longer be a buzzword in the media, but the effects of history’s largest oil spill on the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico are still on the minds of marine scientists around the … Continue reading ?

What am I doing in Latvia?

Late last night, I arrived in Riga, Latvia, waking up this morning to the view above from my home for the next two weeks. Building from a chance conversation I had when I stopped over here in fall, 2014, I'll be facilitating a series of workshops for colleagues here on topics that include creativity in museums, community engagement and more. Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/8-2/14

4 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! Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Jim (age 12 7/8). Want to get … Continue reading ?

Educator How-To: Making the Moon out of Cheese (and Crackers!)

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

After months of renovation, the Burke Baker Planetarium at the Houston Museum of Natural Science will re-open March 11 with the best picture of the universe in the world! The Evans and Sutherland Digistar 5 digital projection system boasts the first True 8K … Continue reading ?

One Simple Question to Make Your Work More Participatory

4 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Photo by CLoé Zarifian, MAH Photo Intern We're working with a guest curator, Wes Modes, on an upcoming experimental project at our museum. Wes is an artist, and this is his first time running a museum exhibition development process.Show More Summary

On Thornton Dial (1928-2016)

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The American artist Thornton Dial died on January 25, 2016, at the age of 87. Leslie Umberger, SAAM's curator of folk and self-taught art writes an appreciation about Mr. Dial and his work.

This Dino Toy’s All Wrong! What’s Up With That!?

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

With the exception of our feathered friends, dinosaurs are all but gone today. So what are the ways to connect to these long lost creatures? Well as a child I had three options — museums, media and models. Going to … Continue readin...

February's Handi-Hour

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

February's Handi-hour is sold out, but don't despair! You can get your own private tutoring session with our videos right here. This month we're making string art with map pins, cork boards and embroidery floss.

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