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“DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World”  Narrated by Academy Award® Winner Jeff Bridges Hopes to Inspire the Hearts and Minds of the Next Generation of Engineers
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“DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World” Narrated by Academy Award® Winner Jeff Bridges Hopes to Inspire the Hearts and Minds of the Next Generation of Engineers HOUSTON, TX- Giant screen movie-goers will soar above the world's tallest bridge and travel at speeds approaching 700 mph when MacGillivray Freeman's new 3D film, DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World, produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation, arrives in the Giant Screen Theatre at the...
Stunning images from the Natural History Museum’s 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year arrive at HMNS
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Stunning images from the Natural History Museum’s 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year arrive at HMNS HOUSTON-Now in its fifty-second year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the international leader of innovative visual representation in the natural world. This prestigious competition and resulting exhibition, opening at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Jan. 27, stimulates engagement with the diversity and beauty of the natural world. On...
Trains Over Texas
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Trains Over Texas Celebrate the classic holiday tradition of trains under a Christmas tree and travel across Texas by model railroad in this scratch built "O" scale model, exclusively built for the Houston Museum of Natural Science by Train Worx. About the size of a tennis court, the multiple trains crisscrossing the state visit important and unique places in the...
Real Mummies. Real Science. Real People.
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Real Mummies. Real Science. Real People. HOUSTON -The nationally recognized Mummies of the World: The Exhibition makes its debut at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Sept. 24. Described as "fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring," by NBC, "absolutely extraordinary," by NPR and "a must see," by FOX TV, Mummies of the World instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in each and every...
Cabinet of Curiosities: A Hands-On History of Wonder
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Cabinet of Curiosities: A Hands-On History of Wonder HOUSTON - Museums exist to inspire wonder and facilitate creative thought. Given our curious natures and our innate desire to collect, it is no wonder the grand modern museum has its humble roots firmly planted in the privately-owned collections of extraordinary objects from the past. These collections, called cabinets of curiosity, first became...
Scientists discover dinosaur-age soft tissues
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Scientists discover dinosaur-age soft tissues HOUSTON - The news is out. 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 that contain some of the best-preserved prehistoric lizards ever found. These little creatures walked alongside...
Burke Baker Planetarium re-opens as best and brightest in the universe
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Burke Baker Planetarium re-opens as best and brightest in the universe HOUSTON - A close-up view that is so spectacular, only the astronauts have a better seat! The Burke Baker Planetarium and Friedkin Theater will re-open March 11 with the clearest, highest resolution digital laser projection system on Earth - the Evans & Sutherland Digistar 5 digital True8K planetarium system. "When it first opened in 1964,...
Amber Secrets: Feathers from the Age of Dinosaurs
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Amber Secrets: Feathers from the Age of Dinosaurs HOUSTON - Imagine the forests of Burma in the Mid-Cretaceous, the last great age of the dinosaurs. Oppressive heat and air thick with carbon dioxide. Ants with giant pincers, the distant roar of a carnivore doing battle with its next victim. Cycads, ferns, conifers and vegetation as far as the eye can see, with flowers adding a new palette of...
Stunning images from the National History Museum’s 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year arrives at HMNS
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Stunning images from the National History Museum’s 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year arrives at HMNS HOUSTON-Now in its fifty-first year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the international leader of innovative visual representation in the natural world. This prestigious competition and resulting exhibition, opening at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Jan. 29, stimulates engagement with the diversity and beauty of the natural world.. On...
Big Nature. Big Screen.
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Big Nature. Big Screen. HOUSTON - For a trio of adventurers, the quest to experience America's wildest, most historic and naturally beautiful places becomes the ultimate off-trail adventure in MacGillivray Freeman's National Parks Adventure 3D, narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford. This immersive film, opening at the Houston Museum of Natural Science...
Meet Our Curators
Joel A. Bartsch
Joel A. Bartsch
Robert T. Bakker Ph.D.
Robert T. Bakker Ph.D.
Daniel M. Brooks Ph.D.
Daniel M. Brooks Ph.D.
Nancy Greig Ph.D.
Nancy Greig Ph.D.
Adam Mekler
Adam Mekler
Jerome A. Offner, Ph.D.
Jerome A. Offner, Ph.D.
Carolyn Sumners Ed.D
Carolyn Sumners Ed.D
David Temple
David Temple
John W. Tunnell, Jr. Ph.D.
John W. Tunnell, Jr. Ph.D.
Dirk Van Tuerenhout Ph.D.
Dirk Van Tuerenhout Ph.D.
Our Mission The mission of the Houston Museum of Natural Science shall be to preserve and advance the general knowledge of natural science; to enhance in individuals the knowledge of and delight in natural science and related subjects; and to maintain and promote a museum of the first class.