The Burke Baker Planetarium at HMNS – Hermann Park will be closed through September 4. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Travel through history in time labs

Bringing a group to HMNS or HMNS Sugar Land? Explore science, nature and history in our interactive science labs which feature specimens, artifacts and laboratory equipment.

Each lab lasts one hour and accommodates up to 25 students. Labs cost range between $165 per lab and $200 (for Dissection Lab*) and include admission to the Museum's Permanent Exhibit Halls.

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Time Labs

Assyria and the Fertile Crescent (October)
Assyria was at the pinnacle of technological, scientific, and cultural achievements for its time in history. Come discover the achievements of the Assyrians and explore the Fertile Crescent which they called home.

The Kingdom of Kush (November)
Experience the Kingdom of Kush — an ancient civilization in Africa, often referred to as Nubia. It was known for its skillful archers and had close ties to Ancient Egypt.

Indus River Valley Civilization (December)
The Indus River Valley Civilization is one of the three earliest civilizations. Also known as the Harappan Civilization, they were known for their urban planning and metallurgy. Come discover this vast empire that awaits you!

Imperial Rome (January at HMNS and January 28 in Sugar Land)
Experience the magnificence of Rome during its reign as the dominant political, economic and military power of the western civilized world.

Byzantine Empire (February)
Though the western half of the Roman Empire crumbled in the 5th century, the eastern half survived for 1,000 more years, spawning a rich tradition of art, literature and learning.

Aztecs (March at HMNS and March 25 in Sugar Land)
Come meet the Mesoamerican people who lived in what is now Mexico City and the surrounding territory beginning in the 14th century. They established a broad empire that lasted roughly 200 years and was one of the most advanced for its time.

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