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Listen Up! What's the Sound of Your Museum? Your Mission?

This week's guest post is by Dave Lewis, one of my 2016 mentees. This post came about through one of our monthly conversations and also reminded me of a conversation I had while traveling this winter in Italy. The sound of Italy to me: the noise of multiple coffee saucers make on a counter, followed by the clink of the spoons that always follows. Show More Summary

Spectrum of Birthdays: HMNS Celebrates in Any Tradition!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by Rochelle Beckford and Karen Whitley Birthdays are an event that is celebrated in nearly every culture around the world. Every culture has its own traditions. Some traditions are based on the standing of the family in the community, the … Continue reading ?

Curator's Travel Journal: In Rufino Tamayo's Footsteps (3)

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino Art at SAAM is currently in Mexico to research her upcoming exhibition on the acclaimed 20th-century Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo's lengthy residence and production in New York City, Tamayo: the New York Years. This is Carmen's third post from Mexico. Stay tuned for more updates from the road.

Luce Artist Talk with Soomin Ham

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The Luce Artist Talks series brings in local artists to discuss their current projects in relation to the objects on view in our Luce Foundation Center. Photographer and multi-media artist Soomin Ham will speak about her on-going project, "Sound of Butterfly" on April 17 at 1:30 p.m. This series is presented in collaboration with CulturalDC's Flashpoint Gallery.

Return to Paraguay: Conserving the Taguá, a Living Fossil

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

In 1972, mammalogist Ralph Wetzel and colleagues were studying armadillo ectoparasites in the Paraguayan Chaco when they came upon a peccary (what we call javelina in Texas) that didn’t look like those already known to science. The result was Catagonus … Continue reading ?

The Adventures of Archie the Wandering T. rex: France

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by Karen Whitley Hey there, devoted fans! Archie checking in. I can’t wait to tell you about my last adventure abroad. After packing up from my last adventure to jolly ol’ England, I said “Cheers!” to the United Kingdom and … Continue reading ?

Curator's Travel Journal: In Rufino Tamayo's Footsteps (2)

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino Art at SAAM is currently in Mexico to research her upcoming exhibition on the acclaimed 20th-century Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo's lengthy residence and production in New York City, Tamayo: the New York Years. This is Carmen's second post from Mexico. Stay tuned for more updates from the road. Read all of Carmen's notes from her research trip.

“I Have a Question! Where do Your Bugs Come From?”

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

When I’m maintaining the live exhibits in the Brown Hall of Entomology in the Cockrell Butterfly Center, or giving a tour of our Insect Containment Room, one of the questions I’m most frequently asked is, “Where do the bugs come from?” It’s a … Continue reading ?

What's the Opposite of Fear?

For some reason, I've been thinking a lot about fear lately. It's definitely in the news, of course. I've been in the Brussels subway and on the streets of Paris; I've been saddened by the ways in which our current politicians seem to play on this country's deepest fears. Show More Summary

When Pablo met SAAM: Picasso and Company on view in Crosscurrents through Sunday

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

One of the most frequently asked questions at SAAM's Luce Foundation Center is, "Where are the Picassos?" Usually, our answer is, "We don't have Picassos at American Art. He wasn't an American artist, nor did he ever make art in America."...Show More Summary

Outreach Careers Blog (Draft)

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Inspiring a child takes effort, time, passion and heart. It’s why we do what we do. At the Houston Museum of Natural Science, discoveries are made daily. The sounds of learning fill our hallways every day, from the gasp of … Continue reading ?

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Last Chance for Winter Constellations in April

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Jupiter is now high in the east-southeast at dusk. It outshines all stars we ever see at night, so you can’t miss it.  Mercury is visible just after sunset this month. Face west at twilight, and look low in the … Continue reading ?

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 4/4-4/10

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Cameron (age: 6): Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty. Behind-the-Scenes Tour … Continue reading ?

Meet Dan Finn, SAAM's Media Conservator

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

As SAAM continues to add time-based media to its collection, conservation of these artforms is becoming an important aspect in our museum. In August 2015 Dan Finn was hired to retrofit an office space and acquire equipment for SAAM's Media Conservation Lab. Show More Summary

Use Science to “Hack” Your Big Idea this Weekend at HMNS!

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Calling all particle physicists, designers, open source ninjas, molecular biologists, students, programmers, and rocket scientists to join forces at Science Hack Day Houston 2016, hosted by the Houston Museum of Natural Science! Science Hack Day Houston is an overnight marathon … Continue reading ?

HMNS Unveils Ground-breaking Discovery: Soft Tissue from the Dinosaur Age!

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Well, the news is out, and here’s the scoop. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is involved in the next great discovery in the world of paleontology. In the forests of Myanmar, scientists have unearthed several pieces of 99-million-year-old amber … Continue reading ?

Does Community Participation Scale to Destination Institutions?

4 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Our entire strategy at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History is rooted in community participation. We invite diverse locals to share their creative and cultural talents with our greater community at the museum. Printmakers leading workshops. Show More Summary

Curator's Travel Journal: In Rufino Tamayo's Footsteps

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino Art at SAAM is currently in Mexico to research her upcoming exhibition on the 20th-century Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo's lengthy residence and production in New York City, Tamayo: The New York Years. This is...

Families First: HMNS Expands Accessibility to Accommodate Autism Spectrum Disorders

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Families come in many shapes, many sizes and many kinds. We at the Houston Museum of Natural Science are always looking for ways to make our halls and collections more accessible to families of every background. That’s why we’re excited … Continue reading ?

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 3/28-4/3

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! Lecture – The Poison in Our Food Supply by Thierry VrainTuesday, Mar. 296:30 p.m.Soil … Continue reading ?

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