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"New forms work, winds of change"

In a post just after I finished a series of workshops in Ukraine this fall, I wrote about what the four of us had learned as presenters, and promised a follow-up post on what our enthusiastic participants from dozens of museums had learned. Show More Summary

#MuseumsrespondtoFerguson Update

I just wanted to update readers on the many thoughtful responses on the issue of whether museums have a choice and a responsibility to take action on social justice issues, most particularly those of race, occasioned by the recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and sadly, other locations throughout the United States. Show More Summary

Ring in 2015 with HMNS: Open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

It’s the Holiday Season! With family and friends around you’ll want to take them to HMNS for fun, adventure and science for sure! We’re open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day so ring in 2015 with HMNS! Open extended hours (9:00 a.m. … Continue reading ?

It’s Alive! Dr. Bakker Tells us how to make skeletons dance

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Some museums buy fossil-kits, all the bones drilled and filled with pipe fittings so that they click together to make the whole skeletal assembly. It’s quick. But if you have an anatomically sophisticated eye, and you scrutinize the kits, you’ll … Continue reading ?

Making Korean Ceramics

When is the last time you saw something creative and beautiful that you just had to share? Last week, I was privileged to visit the California College of Arts to join a ceramics class presenting their final works of the semester. This class consists of students in their first and second years and introduces to […]

Holidays at HMNS: Open Extended Hours, Closed Christmas Day

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

It’s the Holiday Season! With family and friends around you’ll want to take them to HMNS for fun, adventure and science for sure! We’re closed Christmas Day, but open extended hours, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., through January 4.

Art Bird Watching: Fun For the Whole Flock in Any Weather!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Sara Snyder helped organize the #ArtBirds Social Media Scavenger hunt to encourage awareness of how artists use bird imagery as part of our exhibition "The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art." She fills us in on the bird watching activities, both outdoors and in, as part of our show. "The Singing and the Silence" is on view now through February 22, 2015.

How Museum Hack Transforms Museum Tours: Interview with Dustin Growick

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

A new company in New York, Museum Hack, is reinventing the museum tour from the outside in. They give high-energy, interactive tours of the Metropolitan Museum and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). The tours are pricey,Show More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 12/22/14-1/4/15

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Holiday Hours HMNS Hermann ParkFrom December 20 to January 4, the Museum will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.The Museum will be CLOSED Christmas Day. HMNS at Sugar Land From December 19, 2014 – January 5, 2015, HMNS Sugar … Continue reading ?

These students are real GEMS: Girls Exploring Math and Science

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

On February 21, 2015, The Houston Museum of Natural Science will celebrate our tenth year hosting Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS)! GEMS highlights student projects covering science, technology, engineering and math. It aims to increase interest in STEM through student presented projects, … Continue reading ?

Paper to Predator: Making your own shark with sandpaper!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Have you ever touched a living shark? Sounds like a scary proposition, but you can do so safely at Shark! The Touch Tank Experience.  Before you reach into that tank observe shark’s skin (above). How might it feel to the touch? A … Continue reading ?

Conservation: Cleaning Hiram Powers' Greek Slave

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Allison Rabent is a pre-program volunteer at the Lunder Conservation Center. She is working with conservators on a variety of activities. Allison, along with the project's lead, Conservation Technician Susan Edwards, recently investigated an ongoing treatment of Hiram Powers' Greek Slave and shares their findings with us below. Show More Summary

Einstein Scavenger Hunt: Guess That Hall!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s note: This post was created by HMNS Concierge and Discovery Guide Corey Green.   Our good friend Einstein came to visit the museum and went through many of our exhibit halls. Can you name the halls he’s pictured in? (Click … Continue reading ?

Fighting Code Chaos with the Right Framework

From the outset we knew that the dashboard—the web application our audience engagement team will use to answer incoming questions—was going to be a huge...

Alexander Calder's Nenuphar

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

In October, Alexander Calder's sculpture Gwenfritz, part of American Art's collection, was reinstalled outside the National Museum of American History. Karen Lemmey, American Art's sculpture curator speaks about another Calder sculpture, Nenuphar, which he gave to the museum at the same time.

Joint Statement from Museum Bloggers and Colleagues on Ferguson and Related Events

3 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

When basketball players are offering more cogent commentary on racial issues than cultural institutions, you know we have a cultural relevance problem. Can we be as brave and direct as these young women? Gretchen Jennings convened aShow More Summary

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening this week (12/15-12/21) 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! D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 Screening ends December 18Don’t miss your chance to see the award … Continue reading ?

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

4 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

4 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...

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