The Burke Baker Planetarium at HMNS – Hermann Park will be closed through September 5. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Learn about the natural world & the unique creatures who inhabit it.

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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Wildlife Labs

Bite Your Tongue (September at HMNS and September 24 in Sugar Land)
Why are giraffe tongues black? Are frog tongues really on backwards? Answer these questions as we study this important and often overlooked organ.

Polyp-palooza! (October at HMNS and October 22 in Sugar Land)
Often confused for plants or rocks, coral beds are full of fascinating animals working together to support an incredible amount of lifeforms. Pay these polyps the attention they deserve in this wildlife lab.

Brr – It’s Cold in Here (December at HMNS and December 17 in Sugar Land)
How do arctic animals survive such extreme temperatures and snowy conditions that we Houstonians can barely imagine? Come to this class to find out!

Scat/Tracking (February at HMNS and February 25 in Sugar Land)
Get the scoop on poop and a knack for tracks as you study the evidence wildlife leaves behind.

One of These Things is Not Like the Other (March at HMNS and March 24 in Sugar Land)
Study characteristics of living things and sort them into their taxonomic groups; then, meet the animals you sorted!

Movin’ On Up! (April)
Texas is the perfect place to study migration as we are a common destination for many traveling animals. Get the low down on why these animals move around, how they navigate and why they love to visit the Lone Star State so much.

Beetlemania (May at HMNS and May 27 in Sugar Land)
Adults know there are only 4 Beatles (6 if you count Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe), but did you know there are almost 400,000 described beetle species?! Come Together to study A Day In The Life of the most popular insect Across The Universe.

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