The Last Days of the Dinosaurs with Riley Black

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

The worst day in Earth's history happened in the spring. About 66 million years ago, as flowers were beginning to bloom and dinosaurs were courting, an immense asteroid struck the planet and sparked the world's Fifth Mass Extinction. An intense heat pulse roasted a great deal of the planet's surface, followed by years of impact …

Engineering the Future of Civilization with Lord Browne

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Civilization is founded on engineering innovation. All progress stems from the human urge to make things and to shape the world around us, resulting in greater freedom, health and wealth for all. This evening engineer, businessman, and former CEO of BP Lord Browne will give an impassioned defense of progress and innovation and an argument …

Neuroscience and Visual Art: The Complex Relationship of Light, Color and the Brain

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Rothko Chapel in partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) presents an illustrated talk by Dr. Aziz Shaibani, “Neuroscience and Visual Art: The Complex Relationship of Light, Color and the Brain,” on May 16 at 6:30pm in the Burke Baker Planetarium at HMNS, 5555 Herman Park Drive, Houston, 77030. Shaibani, a neurologist associated …

$10 – $20

Archaeology Now presents “Black Pharaohs: Egypt, Nubia, and Cultural Merging”

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Often our identity is comprised of many factors and many influences. Identity in the world of ancient Egypt is no exception. During Egypt’s 25th Dynasty, Nubian kings occupied the pharaonic throne and built a great empire stretching from central Africa to the Mediterranean. Ever adaptable, these ancient Nubians not only innovated but also merged aspects …

$20

Archaeology Now presents “One, Two and Beyond: Gender in the Ancient World”

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Archaeology Now, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) - Houston Society, along with Family Tree DNA and KPMG present "One, Two and Beyond: Gender in the Ancient World." How many genders were part of cultures in the past? Archaeologists have found that many societies in the ancient world saw gender as more than two options. …

$20

Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS)

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Girls Exploring Math & Science (GEMS) is an event filled with hands-on science and math for everyone to experience. Local professionals will be at the Museum to answer questions about their careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Meanwhile, students get a chance to show off their stuff and present a project …

Mardi Gras Mixers & Elixirs

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Put on your fanciest masquerade mask, grab your beads and your krewe and head to HMNS for the best Mardi Gras party this side of the delta, Mixers & Elixirs! Doors open at 7 pm for the live band, dancing, cash bars and the city's best food trucks. "Laizzes les bons temps rouler!" Mixers and …

Knights & Ancient Games Family Festival

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Explore the world of knights in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Experience their daily lives and meet knights and their horses. Then starting at 11 am, let the games begin! Try your hand at Senet, the Royal Game of Ur, Parcheesi, Go and chess with 12th century Lewis chessmen. Included with museum admission. Knights family …

After Dark

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

For everyone who has wished for access to the museum in the evenings after work, here’s your chance… HMNS will stay open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.! We don’t mean just the permanent halls, either. Drop by the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, the Cockrell Butterfly Center and the all-new, renovated Burke Baker Planetarium.* They’ll …

2nd Saturday for Members Only!

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

On the second Saturday of each month, HMNS will open one hour early for Members only! See the Museum’s permanent exhibitions—always free for Members—before the crowds. Get exclusive discounted entry to special exhibitions, and enjoy arts & crafts, touch carts and guided tours while you’re here. Also featuring—Kid’s Pass! Bring it back every 2nd Saturday …

Sensory Friendly Day

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

On December 4th, HMNS will be modified for sensory sensitivities all day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check out our Accessibility resources from Museum Services, or print them out yourself and bring them with you! Also, be sure to download our Access HMNS app! It is now available for iOS and Android. Tickets for …

Dino Discovery Day

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Treat your aspiring Paleontologist to breakfast, lecture and Paleo activities with HMNS’ very own Associate Curator of Paleontology, David Temple, and his very special guest, world-renowned paleontologist Dr. Robert Bakker. After enjoying a full breakfast on the Morian Overlook with a stunning view of the dinosaurs below, Dr. Bakker will give an entertaining and educational …

Members Exclusive- World Trekkers

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

You don’t need a plane ticket to trek around the globe; just come to HMNS for our children's craft night! Our World Trekkers program is a series of cultural festivals for the whole family, featuring crafts inspired by each featured country. This month, we are heading to the great white north—Canada! But no need to …

Rewriting Modern Human Origins

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Newly discovered Homo sapiens fossils in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, push back the origins of our species by 100,000 years. The fossils show that by about 300,000 years ago, important changes in our biology and behavior had taken place across most of Africa. Dr. Shara Bailey is part of the international research team that has been …

Museum Monster Mash

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Visit HMNS on October 29 for a spook-tacular event – Museum Monster Mash! This family-friendly event will have lots of activities, treats and tricks for all little goblins and ghouls. Activities: Mystery Touch Box Ring Toss Frog Pond Spider Hop Create your own butterfly Coloring tables Spider Toss Face Painters Costumes encouraged! Free with Museum …

Spirits & Skeletons

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Calling all ghosts and ghouls, monsters and mummies, witches and werewolves: Houston’s favorite Halloween party — the one and only Spirits & Skeletons — is back at HMNS! With the entire Museum open you can shake your stuff with a stegosaurus, grab a drink with a skink and get spellbound by bewitching gems, all to …

Sleuths & Secrets Mystery Night

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Ready to crack the case? Join a team to untangle a web of clues, evidence and history to unlock a series of riddles and mysterious objects in the Cabinet of Curiosities of Ferrante Imperato of 16th century Naples. Ideal for ages 15 and up. Limited space available.

HMNS After Dark

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

For everyone who has wished for access to the museum in the evenings after work, here’s your chance… HMNS will stay open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.! We don’t mean just the permanent halls, either. Drop by the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, the Cockrell Butterfly Center and the all-new, renovated Burke Baker Planetarium.* They’ll …

Sensory Friendly Event

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Join us for a Sensory Friendly Event! The Museum will open early at 8 am with modified lighting and reduced sound to create a more comfortable and welcoming environment for visitors with sensory sensitivities. Lights and sounds will remain modified until 10 am when exhibits will return to their standard settings. The Cockrell Butterfly Center …

OktoberPest

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Beetles, Butterflies, Bugs and Fun! Come celebrate the fascinating world of bugs. Enjoy a bug petting zoo, gourmet insect cooking demonstration, face painting, monarch butterfly release, bugs & crafts, adopt-a-ladybug and more! Dress up like an insect, beekeeper or other bug-related character and you’ll receive a free ticket to the Cockrell Butterfly Center to use …

Fall Plant Sale

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Help native pollinators by planting a garden full of beautiful blooms! The most basic and important need of native and migrating pollinators, like monarch butterflies, is nectar from fall blooming flowers. Stop by the Cockrell Butterfly Center's Fall Plant Sale to stock up on a wide variety of the best native and tropical nectar plants, …

HMNS After Dark

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

For everyone who has wished for access to the museum in the evenings after work, here’s your chance… HMNS will stay open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.! We don’t mean just the permanent halls, either. Drop by the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, the Cockrell Butterfly Center and the all-new, renovated Burke Baker Planetarium.* They’ll …

STEM/Nova Day

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Scouts@HMNS is proud to host our third annual STEM/Nova Day on Saturday, September 23rd for Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts and their families! Scouts will have access to the Museum at a discounted rate while working towards requirements for Nova Awards. Scouts will have the opportunity to work on certain STEM/Nova Awards during their visit …

Sensory Friendly Event

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Join us for a Sensory Friendly Event on Saturday, September 16th! The Museum will open early at 8 am with modified lighting and reduced sound to create a more comfortable and welcoming environment for visitors with sensory sensitivities. Lights and sounds will remain modified until 10 am when exhibits will return to their standard settings. …

The Great American Eclipse

Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, United States

Join HMNS on August 21st as we experience a partial solar eclipse right here in Houston. The next eclipse of this caliber will not be visible in the United States until 2024, so you don’t want to miss this! During the eclipse between noon and 2 p.m., the Burke Baker Planetarium will offer six special, …