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Go on tour with HMNS! We plan educational trips to international destinations. Full itineraries for the following trips will be available soon.

Texas Coastal Ecology Excursion Corpus Christi:
Laguna Madre – Padre Island – Aransas Bay – Talley Island – Rockport
November 6 – 8, 2015

Experience the lower Texas Coast on this weekend adventure with marine biologists and researchers to learn about this amazing ecosystem. This expedition to Corpus Christi will be a crash course in Texas coastal ecology and natural history.

The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History will provide the perfect introduction to our coastal adventure on Friday afternoon with a private tour of their history, ecology and paleontology galleries. This evening a group diner will be hosted at Water Street Seafood Company for the best seafood in town, and a few blocks walk from our hotel. Saturday, the group will tour the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi before exploring Padre Island National Seashore, the longest barrier island in the world and Laguna Madre, the most famous hypersaline lagoon in the world, with Dr. Wes Tunnell. The evening will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the Texas State Aquarium with staff biologists. On Sunday, take a boat ride in Aransas Bay with a stop at Talley Island to assist in field work with Jay Tarkington of the Center for Coastal Studies.

Our field guides for this trip are Dr. Wes Tunnell, HMNS curator of marine biology and a leading researcher on the Texas coast and Gulf of Mexico and aquatic education specialist and bay historian Jay Tarkington of the Center for Coastal Studies at TAMUCC.

HMNS Members $295 per person
Nonmembers $355 per person

Price does not include lodging or and to/from Houston/Corpus Christi.

Participants will meet in Corpus Christie on November 6. This trip is limited to 30 participants. The minimum age is 12.

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Classic Paleontological & Geological Locations
Germany – Switzerland
September 19 – 29, 2015

Nestled in the mountains of Germany and Switzerland are classic fossil localities and important geology and natural history—created when Africa collided with Europe forming the Swiss Alps and the Jura Mountains. The Jura Mountains are the remains of a giant coral reef system that flourished during the Jurassic—hence the name Jura mountains. Each layer in a quarry is like a page in a natural history book.

In this once-in-a-lifetime paleontology adventure to fossil localities and museums, you can visit private quarries with HMNS and collect fossils that will be yours to keep.* These are sites where amazing fossils have been discovered! Many of the specimens in HMNS’s new Morian Hall of Paleontolgy came from this area, and our local paleontologist guides were instrumental in helping these fossils make their way to Houston.

Our primary focus in Germany will be Jurassic sites and museums, however we will also have the opportunity to visit the remarkable Eocene site known as the Messel Pit. In Switzerland, in addition to the Triassic playteosaur site and unique sauriermuseums, we will experience the grand geology of the Alps. We will witness views beyond compare on gondola rides up mountainsides, an amazing hike behind a waterfall, and a trek through a glacier.

We are visiting areas not only rich in pre-history. We will also explore the interesting history of the area and visit several historical sites from different periods—Celtic, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance.

HMNS Members $5,225 per person (double occupancy)
Nonmembers $5,725 per (double occupancy)

Price does not include lodging or transportation to/from Germany/Switzerland.

This trip is limited to 28 participants.

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The Royal Tour with Dr. Zahi Hawass
March 22 – April 2, 2016

Dr. Zahi Hawass, world-renowned Egyptologist, is hosting a trip of a lifetime for HMNS. Dr. Hawass will take you beyond the beaten tourist path to visit hidden archeological sites not accessible to the general public. This will include a private visit to the Great Pyramid interior and the great Sphinx in Cairo. While in Luxor City, our group will have an exclusive evening in the Temple of Luxor after the tourists have been cleared. Dr. Hawass will show you his most recent excavations on the Giza Plateau as well as the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. His presence is essential for the private access we will be given to these sites. Fadel Gad, your tour guide, is an Egyptologist who worked for the Egyptian Department of Antiquities and conducted excavations in Lower and Upper Egypt. Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, HMNS curator of anthropology, and Tom Hardwick, HMNS curator of Egyptology will also accompany the group. We hope you join us in this unique opportunity to visit Egypt, one of the most fascinating destinations in the world.

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HMNS at Hermann Park

5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston,Texas 77030
(713) 639-4629

Monday - Sunday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Free Thursdays* 2:00PM - 5:00PM
* Only Permanent Exhibits are Free.
Last Ticket for Butterfly Center, Exhibitions and Giant Screen Theatre: 4:00PM.
Last Ticket for Planetarium: 4:30PM
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HMNS at Sugar Land

13016 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
(281) 313-2277

Monday - Wednesday Closed
Thursday - Friday 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM - 5:00PM
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George Observatory

21901 FM 762 Rd.
Needville, Texas 77461
(281) 242-3055

Tuesday - Saturday By Reservation
Saturdays 3:00PM - 10:00PM
Saturdays (DST) 3:00PM - 11:00PM
DST = Daylight Savings Time.
Please call for holiday hours. Entry to Brazos Bend State Park ends at 9:30 p.m. daily
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