HMNS at Hermann Park
The Cockrell Butterfly Center will be closed to the public Saturday, February 25 from 9 am to 1 pm. The Museum will be closed Saturday, March 4.

Preview Your Discovery Dome Shows!


Watch these short trailers to get a sneak peek of all of the shows available in the portable Discovery Dome.

The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Two children turn a cardboard box into a rocket and blast off on an awesome adventure with a close-up tour of each planet including landings on Venus and Mars, a trip into the stormy clouds of Jupiter and through the beautiful rings of Saturn. Best for grades 1-3.

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One World, One Sky
Big Bird and his friends Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu from China explore the stars over Sesame Street. Visit the moon and discover that the children of China and the US share the same sky. A great introduction for youngsters to the moon and stars. Best for grades PK-1.

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Accidental Astronauts
Follow the adventures of Cy and Annie and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space! Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon with a wise-cracking starship computer. Bounce along the surface of the Moon, get up close and personal with a solar storm and gain a new appreciation of our home planet. Best for grades 2-3.

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Zula Patrol
Under the Weather From the planet Zula, comes the Zula Patrol. When their weather-collecting pet, Gorga, runs away, the Zula Patrol chases him all the way to our solar system. Here they learn about the weather on Earth and other planets while trying to save Gorga from the villainous Dark Truder.

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Larry Cat in Space
This is a playful, imaginative cartoon presentation about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the Moon. Through Larry’s eyes, we experience weightlessness and view the Earth from orbit. Then we join Larry exploring the Moon’s surface and discovering what it’s like to weigh only 2 pounds. Best for grades pre-K-1.

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Earth’s Wild Ride
It’s 2081 and a grandfather shares his stories of Earth with his grandchildren who were born on the Moon. Fly through their lunar colony, soar over the lava flow of an erupting volcano, ride a raging river through a canyon, and visit the dinosaurs as an asteroid hits. This movie introduces 15 elementary science TEKS! Best for grades 2-5.

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Dinosaur Prophecy
Investigate dinosaur bones and footprints found in the United States and China, while showing how the continents have shifted, where volcanoes have erupted, and what happened when an asteroid hit the Earth 65 million years ago. Dinosaur Prophecy also includes an asteroid coming our way! Best for grades 3-5.

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Life in the Universe
Join us in search of those special places that might harbor life, including all of the planets in our solar system. The show includes the birth and death of stars, formation of distant galaxies and the Big Bang. It’s a beautiful scenic tour of our universe through the eyes of astronomers looking for clues about the origin of life and the development of intelligence. Best for grades 3-12.

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Black Holes
Black holes are among the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the Universe. What is a black hole? Where do they come from? How do we find them? Is there one in Earth’s neighborhood? Explore the latest scientific knowledge about black holes in a show that is visually immersive and very exciting. Best for grades 5-12.

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IMPACT!
Encounters with Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids Millions of asteroids and comets lurk among the planets and some pose a threat to Earth. See a large meteorite fall, watch an asteroid explode, visit asteroids and comets, see what happens when a comet hits Jupiter, and find out how such an impact would change the Earth. Narrated by astronaut Tom Jones. Best for grades 3-12.

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Stars of the Pharaohs
Travel to ancient Egypt 6,000 years ago to see how astronomers made the first solar calendar, aligned their temples and pyramids, and told time by the stars. You’ll discover the connection ancient Egyptians felt with the heavens and explore the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world. Best for grades 3-12 with an astronomy and history focus.

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Fate of the Mayas
Mayan astronomers guide you through Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal and Palenque, showing the elegance and power of these great Mayan cities and the astronomy they used to predict the future. This show has strong cultural connections as well as earth science, astronomy, and math. Best for grades 5-12 with an astronomy and history focus.

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Night of the Titanic
A great tragedy unfolds in the icy North Atlantic. Weather, ice, the sun, and human error all contributed to the sinking of this “unsinkable” ship. Experience the RMS Titanic’s last day and discover the science that could have saved the ship. Find out how changing Arctic conditions could affect us today. Best for grades 4-12

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Ice Worlds
Explore the ice worlds of our Solar System. Discover how Earth’s poles are changing. With icebergs, whales, penguins, and polar bears, this is an entertaining and informative introduction to the latest information on our planet’s changing climate. Best for grades 3-12

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Force 5
Feel nature’s fury! Experience the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and Hurricane Ike in 2008. Survive a devastating tornado and a solar storm more powerful than a nuclear blast! This realistic adventure puts your students in the middle of the action when nature goes Force 5. Best for grades 3-12.

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The Great Planet Adventures
Be a super star on the solar system’s low gravity worlds: zip lining on the scorched Mercury, snowmobiling on Pluto, bungee jumping from an asteroid and diving from the tallest cliff or rappelling into deepest canyon in the solar system. Ten thrills and ten destinations visiting all the planets! Best for all grades.

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Robot Explorers
Space robots have gone farther and survived more extreme conditions than humans ever could. Their eyes are now ours and their journeys have become our virtual adventures. What they discovered has been amazing and in some cases, unexpected. Our robot explorers continue to go where no human can, beaming their knowledge back to Earth every day and make our solar system very exciting and very real. Best for grades 3-12.

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We Choose Space
Fifty years ago, President Kennedy chose the Moon. Today our students can also choose a trip or even a career in space. This show is filled with real adventures on the completed International Space Station and the Moon. Human spaceflight after the Space Shuttle is very exciting, engaging, and real. Best for all grades.

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The Body Code
Fly through the carotid artery; explore the eye, brain, ear and heart. Shrink into a cell to see its nucleus and the DNA within. Discover how DNA programs the body’s cells to form the circulatory and nervous systems. Then watch from inside as we use lasers to fight disease at the cellular level. Best for grades 5-12 with a biology focus.

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Lucy’s Cradle
Why did life begin on Earth? Join the search for the cradle of life on the barren worlds of our solar system and on the grasslands of East Africa over three million years ago. Discover how changing geology and climate caused intelligence to flourish and led to modern humans. Best for grades 5-12.

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It’s About Time
Some day our children may travel to orbit in a Space Elevator. Some day we may use a Time Telescope to watch the Big Bang, the birth and death of a star or an explosion on the sun. Explore these wonderful inventions from the “science future” as you discover the many clocks that keep time in the Universe. Best for grades 3-12.

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Dark Side of the Moon or Rock On Demand
Pink Floyd’s album is transformed into an immersive full-dome rock concert. Fantastic sound and incredible images create the visual experience. This is entertainment, rather than an educational experience. In Rock on Demand, a collage of classic rock is set to dazzling full-dome immersive animations with dizzying spirals and infinite fractals. Best for grades 6-12

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Star of Bethlehem
Who were the Wise Men? Travel to the Hills of Judea over 2,000 years ago to discover what the Star of Bethlehem might have been– perhaps a planet, meteor, or comet. Best for all grades.

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Secrets of the Dead Sea
The Dead Sea comes alive through its cliffs and caves. Ancient scrolls describe motions of the sun and moon, while rock and sand tell of a place as timeless as the stars above. Best for grades 4-12.

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HMNS at Hermann Park

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


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13016 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
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George Observatory

21901 FM 762 Rd.
Needville, Texas 77461
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Saturdays 3:00PM - 10:00PM
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