Go on tour with HMNS! We plan educational trips to international destinations. Full itineraries for the following trips will be available soon.
Excursion – Travel Night – Norwegian Voyage: Vikings and Northern Lights
Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.
***Note: No cost to attend the information meeting regarging the March 2018 trip.***
Join us on March 7 to learn about the Museum’s Norwegian Voyage: Vikings and Northern Lights, which is scheduled for March 17-25, 2018 with Dr. Carolyn Sumners, HMNS VP of Astronomy and Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, HMNS Curator of Anthropology. Registration incentives will be offered to all those in attendance at the March 7 Travel Night.
With five nights above the Arctic Circle to spot the magnificent auroras dancing in the night sky, this trip is timed to also have ample daylight to enjoy the stunning scenery and diverse shore excursions. This southbound journey meanders along the scenic coastline of Norway and includes historic Viking sites, picturesque Scandinavian villages and medieval architecture will let travelers truly experience Norwegian culture and heritage. An unforgettable daytrip to Russia and optional dog sledding adventure also await you in the Arctic.
This is a cruise like no other! Our ship MS Finnmarken has been designed by Hurtigruten to offer travelers the utmost comfort and ease of visiting Norway, while continuing as the lifeline for coastal towns providing daily deliveries and shipments of food and supplies.
Total Solar Eclipse ǀ Casper, Wyoming
August 19 – 22, 2017
A solar eclipse is an experience of a lifetime, best experienced with HMNS VP of Astronomy Dr. Carolyn Sumners. Her entertaining commentary make her enthusiasm of astronomy contagious. She has led groups on HMNS eclipse trips all over the world—most recently to Australia, China and Libya.
On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse comes to the US and HMNS is going to be in Casper, Wyoming!
Casper gives the best chance of having the clearest sky on the eclipse path for optimal eclipse viewing.
To ensure a prime location in Casper, we have booked an entire hotel! Although Casper will be filled with eclipse travelers from around the world, our package—with private viewing area, private hotel with all meals included, and experienced astronomy team—guarantees that your eclipse experience will be both exciting and hassle-free.
Download the itinerary here.
Registration: online, (713) 639-4629 or at HMNS Box Office.
A $1,000 per person non-refundable deposit is required for registration. By registering, you agree to the Participant Requirements and Responsibilities on page 7 of the trip brochure.
- Price Includes:
- Hotel for 3 nights / 4 days
- All meals
- Private viewing area for Eclipse
- Astronomy field guides
- Eclipse activities, viewing practice sessions, photography workshops
- Price Does Not Include:
- Transportation to/from Casper
- Adult beverages
- Per person, double occupancy: $2,250 ($2,500 starting April 1, 2016)
- Single supplement: $1,500 ($1,750 starting April 1, 2016)
- Additional 3rd person: $1,000 ($1,250 starting April 1, 2016)
- Additional 4th person: $1,000 ($1,250 starting April 1, 2016)
Dinosaur Excavation extension will be available, and offered 1st to Eclipse travelers. Space is very limited.
The Black Hills of Wyoming with Peter Larson
August 14 – 19, 2017 | August 22 – 27, 2017
Camarasaurus, Barosaurus, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Allosaurus, Coelurosaurus, Othnelia and Drinker—these are among the fossils The Black Hills Institute has collected in 10 seasons at the Waugh Quarry.
The Waugh Quarry site is in the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation—a real “Jurassic Park.” The Houston Museum of Natural Science is honored that the Black Hills Institute has offered to host our group for a trip of a lifetime—participating in a professional dinosaur excavation at an iconic dig site—with the legendary paleontologist Peter Larson as our expedition leader.
As part of the excavation team, you will spend four full days with HMNS and the Black Hills Institute at Waugh Quarry, a private site in Hulett, Wyoming near Devil’s Tower National Monument. Everyone will be able to dig for and expose dinosaur bones.
Download the itinerary and registration information. Space is very limited.