Currently Viewing:Past Exhibitions
An original edition of the Magna Carta, and the only known example of the King's Writ - a letter from King John to the Sheriff of Gloucester announcing the signing of the Magna Carta - is headed to Houston from its home in Hereford Cathedral.
Found in 1940, The Lascaux Caves are the world icon of art from the dawn of man. In this unique exhibition, travel throughout the whole cave in a virtual tour.
J.J. L'Heureux photographed the penguins of Antarctica to document their adaptations to the cold and wind of the continent.
Opens October 26, 2012. This exhibition presents the story of the real Maya which spans over three millennia.
Opens October 26, 2012. Gems of the Medici, a world-premiere exhibition, highlights some of the oldest and most unique pieces of the Medici collections.
New Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibit Opens March 30, 2012! Exclusive exhibit features colorful new warriors & newly-discovered artifacts from royal tombs.
Discovering the Civil War draws upon letters, diaries, photos, petitions, and patents from The National Archives. Now Open!
On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world's largest ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives. 100 years later, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition showcases more than 300 artifacts retrieved from Titanic's debris field.
On tour for the first time in the United States! From the ancient Trypilians to the Byzantine Empire, explore 6,000 years of history and prehistory!
Now Open! Explore Texas' epic story and iconic figures through authentic artifacts, like the Come and Take It cannon.
Exhibition highlights enduring themes in the history of immigration, including the dangers of the journey; making a life in a new land; and becoming American.
Discover 150 objects from China that reveal surprising details about the people who lived along the ancient Silk Road in this fascinating exhibit.
Dive into the wreck of the Whydah to discover more than 200 fascinating artifacts in the world's first exhibit of authentic pirate treasure!
Houston photographer Michael H. Marvins has captured the heart of Big Bend National Park in this selection of stunning photographs from his portfolio.
Captures the wit, imagination and excitement of the film and translates it into an immersive, educational experience for the whole family.
Archaeopteryx, which lived over 150 million years ago, is a classic example of an evolutionary link between two groups of animals.
Magic! examined how science and magic are intertwined. These feats of wonder confound expectations-and have fascinated humanity for centuries.
Fort Bend County is home to over 100 species of birds. Bob Pack of Sugar Land is an avid birder and sculptor who uses bronze to bring these birds to life. The exhibition included statues of twelve species of birds, audio recordings of their calls.
Faberge featured exquisite objects produced by the Faberge workshop at its peak, including personal gifts to the Tsar and Tsarina, an extravagant tiara and the famed Nobel Ice Egg, a stunning piece that is one of the few Imperial-styled eggs in private hands.
The Spirits & Headhunters exhibition celebrated ceremonies and rituals of passage unique to the indigenous people of the Amazon. The objects on display illustrated the unique expressions of each tribe, utilizing materials available from their immediate environments.
The Chronicles of Narnia has mesmerized generations of readers and millions of fans have raved about the blockbuster hit movies. Based on the film series and C.S. Lewis' beloved fictional books, The Chronicles of Narnia allowed visitors to tour the scenes from the famed literary world.
In May of 2009 the Houston Museum of Natural Science presented one of the most extraordinary archaeological finds of the 20th century, considered by many to be the Eighth Wonder of the World: terra cotta warriors from the tomb complex of China's First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
From their birth deep in the earth to their prominent place in world culture, The Nature of Diamonds explored the amazing transformations of these precious gems.
Visitors discovered the technological mastery, the engineering marvels, and the cultural sophistication of the world's greatest conqueror - Genghis Khan - in this uniquely interactive exhibition.
Visitors explored the cultural, political and personal events that shaped Jerusalem and the surrounding region more than 2,000 years ago in The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story.
BODY WORLDS 2 & The Brain featured more than 200 real human body specimens, including more than 20 whole bodies; healthy and unhealthy organs; and body parts and slices; all preserved through a remarkable process called Plastination.
HMNS, in association with the Judith River Foundation, developed Dinosaur Mummy CSI, a world premiere exhibition featuring Leonardo, the most perfectly fossilized plant-eating dinosaur ever discovered-with almost all of his skin still intact.
Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest geniuses the world has ever known. This remarkable internationally acclaimed exhibition displays over 60 models of Da Vinci's famous machines, inventions and designs based on ancient codices.
Lucy's Legacy told the amazing story of Ethiopia over the past 5 million years. In addition to the fossil of Lucy, over 100 artifacts such as ancient manuscripts and royal artifacts were on display.
Spotlighting all manner of the Earth's natural treasures in a groovy environment, Geopalooza! A Hard Rock Anthology was the ultimate rock experience.
CSI: The Experience provided an immersive, interactive forensic science exhibition that invites people to use real science to solve hypothetical crimes in an exciting multimedia environment.
Lizards & Snakes showcased live, unique animals and their remarkable adaptations, including projectile tongues, deadly venom, amazing colors and camouflage, and sometimes surprising modes of movement and locomotion.
Treasures from Shanghai featured 77 sets of objects from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty. This incredible collection, on loan for the first time from the acclaimed Shanghai Museum, portrayed the evolution of Chinese technology, art and culture.
Imperial Rome explored the magnificence of Rome during its reign as the dominant political, economic and military power of the western civilized world. The exhibition took a glimpse into life during the Roman Empire from 27 BC to the middle of the third century AD.
Frogs! A Chorus of Colors introduced visitors to the amazing and sonorous world of anurans - the frogs. These fascinating amphibians are among the most visually stunning, vocally pleasing and adaptively remarkable life forms on earth. The exhibit included over 150 live frogs!
He drew lightning from the sky, helped establish the first public hospital, university and library, and went on to shape an independent and unified nation, as well as the American character. He was one of the more extraordinary men of his time - and ours.
Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, Body Worlds 3 is the culmination of the German scientist and physician's 30-year career in anatomy. Body Worlds 3 presented more than 200 authentic specimens, including organs and whole body specimens, that have undergone Plastination.
For centuries, the royal tombs of Ur in modern-day Iraq, known in the Bible as the home of Abraham, lay concealed. The Royal Tombs of Ur featured more than 400 rare Sumerian artifacts from the this famed Mesopotamian city.
The understanding of dinosaur biology has evolved considerably during the past two decades. Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries explained this evolution and the cutting-edge research and technology used by scientists.
Mummy: the inside story dove into current technology and took visitors on an exciting virtual tour beneath the sarcophagus lid - traveling to the past to learn more about life and death in Ancient Egypt.
This extraordinary exhibition celebrating the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales came direct from the Althorp Estate in England, the ancestral home of the Spencer family and boasted several rare items.
Gold inspired the madness of gold rushes, held steadfast in value through world turmoil and transformed into objects of pure beauty. Alluring and precious, this metal has inspired millions and changed the world.
This touring exhibition was created by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa), who produced an exhibition based on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy produced in New Zealand and directed by Peter Jackson.
The 120 masterpieces included in this ground-breaking exhibition ranged from the 11th century through the early 20th century. These objects were made for, used by, and given as gifts to the Dalai Lamas.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are ranked among the world's greatest discoveries. Rarely seen outside Jerusalem, selections of these 2000 year-old documents as well as over eighty treasures were on display.
This exhibit invited visitors to travel into the past, first to the famed site with the 1911 Yale Peruvian Scientific Expedition and then further back in time to when Machu Picchu functioned as an Inca country palace in the 15th century.
For centuries, the picturesque twin villages of Idar-Oberstein, nestled near the Rhine and Mosel River Valleys in Southwestern Germany, have supported a very important gem carving tradition. This exhibition featured the works of master carver Gerd Dreher and also included a selection of 125-150 of Dreher's life-like animal carvings.
Chocolate explored the lush environment in which the cacao tree originated, tracing its transformation from the rainforest to a locally consumed food, medium of regional exchange, and eventually to the world market as an economic commodity. Visitors discovered chocolate's impact on human cultures and ecosystems.
Formed in the dark of mollusk shells, pearls glow with an inner radiance. This spectacular exhibit featured the most comprehensive presentation ever mounted on pearls: weaving science, art, literature, history and fabulous jewelry into the story of pearl-forming mollusks, part of the most diverse animal phyla on Earth.
This exhibition highlighted National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Paul Sereno's discovery of a giant, 110-million-year-old crocodilian, Sarcosuchus imperato. SuperCroc is over 40 feet long and weighed nearly 10 tons, making this a huge find both in terms of size and significance.
Visitors examined the mysteries of life as scientific research cracked the code on DNA, genetics and the building blocks of the human body. This exhibition was organized and produced by the HMNS in cooperation with Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center.
This exhibition highlighted the historic role of the Popes of the Catholic Church from St. Peter to Pope John Paul II. This historic exhibition presented over 300 pieces illustrating the importance of the liturgical life in the Vatican and the influence of the church throughout history.
This was not a tale of horn-helmeted marauders but of farmers and fisherman, husbands and wives, who managed to settle and survive in one of the last regions of the globe to be populated. Visitors travelled along with the first Europeans to reach North American shores from Scandinavia.
This exhibition documented the near-fatal expedition to Antarctica led by Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1914. After being trapped in ice for nine months, the expedition ship, the Endurance, was crushed by ice and sank. Shackleton led his men back to safety in an epic journey of appalling conditions.
Through these precious artifacts from the Quing Dynasty (1644-1911), visitors to the exhibit explored the ceremonial and private life of the monarchs of the last dynasty. Artifacts included were magnificent court costumes, imperial jewelry, crowns, thrones,furniture and artwork of the Emperor Qianlong.
This exhibition looked at some major British voyagers of the last three centuries. The rare treasures they brought back were displayed, including precious specimens and exquisite artworks, all put into the context of our increasing knowledge of the natural world.
Featuring over 350 jeweled treasures from the world-renowned collections of the Kremlin Museums in Moscow, this exhibition presented an historical overview of the development of metallurgy, gems and jewelry for use by the Church and the Russian royal family.
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