HMNS at Home

Bringing the Museum to You

We miss having you in our halls but are excited to offer digital museum experiences right in the comfort of your home. With school closures and people staying home, bringing science to you is more important than ever. Dive into our online collection with video archives and virtual tours, connect with our social media and dig even deeper with Beyond Bones.

We want to keep creating educational content for you. If you are able and would like to support our mission of science education, please consider making a donation.

Virtual Summer Camp

We’re going on a science adventure, and you don’t have to go farther than your laptop charger to join in on the fun. Led by our science experts, virtual summer camps feature an hour of hands-on, educational engagement every day for one week.

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Summer Scouts

HMNS is excited to offer virtual camps for our scouts this summer! We have expanded our virtual offerings to 11 unique topics that have been specifically designed to help Scouts BSA and Girl Scouts achieve their goals.

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Printable Educational Activities

Printable HMNS Family Guide with letter scrambles, word searches and object finds (high-res version here)

Printable Coloring Pages based on animals, objects and insects in featured in our halls

Printable Coloring Pages for our new exhibit Mars by Luke Jerram

Family Movie Night 

Bring the adventure of a museum overnight to your home with this fun, interactive family movie night. Paired with a viewing of Night at the Museum, this bundle is perfect for a night in, a game night, slumber parties and birthdays. Order your Adventure Box!

Browse online lectures and film discussions, and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on our latest virtual programs.

Educational Videos

Inside HMNS

Science Concepts Explained

Browse more behind-the-scenes videos.

Virtual Outreach

These pre-recorded presentations feature our dynamic museum educators or master docents along with museum specimens to bring some of our favorite scientific and cultural concepts to life. Book a presentation today. 

Meet at the Museum

Virtually, of course! Share a little science in your next team meeting or group hangout with these Zoom virtual backgrounds.

Beyond Bones

Blogs Written by our Science Experts

Why You Might as Well Eat Cockroaches this Crawfish Season

Don’t Touch Me! Seven Native Texas Bugs that Should Not Be Handled

The Roche Limit: Why Does Saturn Have Rings? 

Color Me Carmine: Cochineal Bugs in our Food and Drink

How To Tutorials to Try at Home

How to Make Your Own Pet Squid

Chemistry in the Kitchen: The Science Behind Ice Cream

Create your own Ancient Egyptian Art Using Frontalism 

Browse Do It Yourself Tutorials

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Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Dinosaur Adventure

Explore the clues that prehistoric creatures left behind through the process of fossilization and learn how modern-day scientists interpret these clues.

A trip to the museum is not complete without a visit to the Museum Store!

Virtual Wildlife Safari

Learn the history of our country’s national parks and the conservation efforts being made along the Texas coast. See a variety of wildlife found in our diverse biomes feature in our wildlife halls – some even extinct!

A trip to the museum is not complete without a visit to the Museum Store!

Virtual World of Energy

Explore the world of Wiess Energy Hall through this Virtual Field Trip. Students will view the hall’s interactive screens and objects while learning about various forms of energy and how we interact with them in our daily lives.

A trip to the museum is not complete without a visit to the Museum Store!

Virtual Museum

via Google Cultural Institute

The Land that Time ForgotExplore the virtual museum. 

Life and Death in Ancient EgyptExplore the virtual museum. 

Insect ZooExplore the virtual museum. 

Support Us

Your contribution matters more today than ever, as we strive to ensure that the museum is ready and able to welcome you back. Please GIVE TODAY to help support our mission of science education.

Resources from our Friends

Health in the Workplace from the American Alliance of Museums

HMNS at Hermann Park

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

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HMNS at Sugar Land

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

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George Observatory

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

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Saturdays 3:00PM - 10:00PM
Saturdays (DST) 3:00PM - 11:00PM
DST = Daylight Savings Time.
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