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

Just Keep Swimming (September)
Become an amateur ichthyologist in this lab all about fish fins. After class, test your knowledge in the Alfred C. Glassel, Jr. Hall of the museum.

Swamp Thing(s) (October )
Dig up the truth on the animals in the muck as we encounter wetland wildlife.

Rodents: Gnaw-t So Bad After All (December )
From pests to pets, rodents are everywhere. But do they really deserve the bad rap? Interact with these toothy mammals and judge for yourself.

Critter Caverns (February )
Study some spectacular spelunkers in this lab all about cave-dwelling wildlife!

Space Invaders (March )
What happens when the animal brought in for pest control becomes the pest? Meet the invasive species that moved in and made themselves at home, whether we like it or not.

Crustacean Station (April)
What do lobsters, sea monkeys and pill bugs have in common? Immerse yourself in the world of these leggy arthropods to discover how they are all connected.

Chompin’ Chelicerates (May)
How can an animal with no jaws be known for its vicious, venomous bite? Hang out with chelicerates such as spiders, horseshoe crabs and more to find out!

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