Crime Lab Detective Sneaks Into  The Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugarland, Sept. 3
Crime Lab Detective Sneaks Into The Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugarland, Sept. 3

The Johnsons have been away on a weeklong vacation in Hawaii. One of their neighbors noticed a broken window one morning and went over to the house to check it out. Things had been moved and removed from inside the house - a burglary has occurred at the Johnson's house and it's up to you to solve the mystery when Crime Lab Detective opens at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugarland, September 3, 2011 through May 6, 2012.

In Crime Lab Detective visitors are the lead detectives and challenged to examine the various clues, such as cloth fiber on a picket fence and tire marks, which will be useful in solving the crime. Working independently or as part of a team, the accompanying Detective Notebook will help guide guests through the process. Visitors will have to use scientific reasoning skills such as observation, classification and analysis while evaluating evidence, making inferences, problem solving and finally drawing conclusions. Forensic Science concepts such as the study of fingerprints, chromatographs, DNA, insect lifecycles, tire marks, hair analysis, thread comparison and handwriting analysis are all covered in their pursuit of the culprit.

"If you have ever wondered what a typical day looks like for a crime scene investigator, this special exhibition is close to the ‘real deal' with interactive role play," said Adrienne Barker, director and chief development officer of the Houston Museum of Natural Science atSugarLand. "The content and activities are appropriate for visitors of all ages and allows visitors to discover the modern techniques used by law enforcement to solve crimes through evidence found at the scene. Visitors will have so much fun-it's a crime!"

Can you solve the mysterious theft? Begin your investigation and learn more about forensic science techniques when Crime Lab Detective opens Sept. 3, 2011. For tickets, or more information, visit www.hmns.org or call (281) 313-2277. The Houston Museum of Natural Science atSugarLand is currently open seven days a week during the summer.

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, including the Wortham IMAX® Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Houston Museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.

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