HOUSTON—Discover the most incredible, violent, stunning events of the natural world in Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters , a special exhibition which opened during the start of Hurricane Season at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. From the eye of the storm to funnel clouds and violent tremors to massive explosions, this exhibition takes visitors inside natural disasters for a perspective like museum guests have never had before—now open through Sept. 14.
Highly interactive and immersive, this exhibition features visceral experiences, compelling media, and multi-disciplinary science that go beyond the sensational headlines to explore Earth’s most impressive natural events.
Nature Unleashed also features real objects that tell powerful stories—about natural disasters, and about the resilience and creativity of the people who survive and study them.
Walk Through the Exhibition
Over billions of years, our planet has been shaped by dynamic forces that are still operating today. To discover why these events occur, Nature Unleashed looks at what happens within the earth’s atmosphere where hurricanes and tornadoes are born and deep inside the planet’s interior, where heat and pressure generate tremendous forces that create earthquakes and volcanoes. Visitors will experience:
After learning the causes of natural disasters, venture into more action when nature goes Force 5! on the Burke Baker Planetarium dome. Visitors feel the tragic fury of the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and experience Hurricane Ike of 2008 from a plane inside the storm. They are then swept up into the massive funnel cloud of a tornado and finally launched into orbit to
watch a solar flare erupting from the sun's surface and hurling a million tons of particles toward Earth. Discover how these phenomena develop over time and how they can transform themselves into cataclysmic events when the forces of nature converge.
“Earth is a dynamic system of air, water, and land, where energy flows through natural cycles powered by heat, pressure, and solar radiation,” said Dr. Carolyn Sumners, vice president of astronomy at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. “ Nature Unleashed and Force 5! show what happens when this energy is trapped and then violently released. The awe of experiencing these destructive events is combined with an understanding of how our planet works.”
For tickets, or more information on Nature Unleashed and Force 5! , visit www.hmns.org or call (713) 639-4629.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science—one of the nation’s most heavily attended museums—is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, and the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre,CockrellButterflyCenter, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.