HMNS and HMNS Sugar Land Weekday Labs and Labs on Demand 2015-2016

Our interactive labs feature Museum specimens, artifacts and laboratory equipment. Students examine ancient objects, investigate technology, meet live animals or conduct scientific experiments depending on the nature of the lab booking. Each lab lasts one hour and includes admission to the Museum’s permanent exhibit halls for lab participants. New lab topics are available monthly.

Weekday Labs at HMNS

Time: 9:30, 11:00 and 1:00 
Dates: Select dates each month
Capacity: 25 students per lab

Weekday Labs at HMNS Sugar Land

Time: 9:30, 11:00 and 1:00
Dates: Select Thursdays and Fridays each month
Capacity: 25 students per lab 


Frequently Asked Questions:

There are some changes to the Weekday Labs for the 2014-2015 school year and you may have questions! We have prepared these FAQ’s to help you:

What about weekday labs is changing this year?
We have a registrar now, which means that someone will be available to help you with questions or concerns—even when all of the teachers are in class! You may contact the registrar at any time by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Additionally, we have added an Earth Science theme to our lab offerings and a new teacher to teach them! Biology labs will be offered as Labs on Demand only. This means they are still available and can be scheduled at times convenient to your group, but are only available upon request.

What about weekday labs is remaining the same?
For the 2014-2015 school year, the lab prices and maximum class size remain the same, as are the teachers for Time, TechnoScience, Wildlife and Dissection labs. As always, the purchase of a lab allows your 25 students and their accompanying chaperones into the permanent exhibit halls at no charge.

Are the policies for the Weekday Labs at the George Observatory the same?
No. The George Observatory is an offsite facility, managed by HMNS, located in a state park. Due to this, the policies for the George Observatory are different than those at HMNS. George Observatory class schedule will be emailed to you shortly.

How do I register for labs?
For the 2014-2015 school year, please use the form included on the accompanying email to select your preferred labs. You will email the form(s) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

When are the forms due?
Pre-registration forms for labs will be due, by email only, on April 1st, 2014, beginning at 7:00 AM. Registration forms will be registered in the order in which they are received.

Does the registration form guarantee me the classes and times I selected?
Every effort will be made to fulfill your desired schedule. A formal schedule and initial invoice will be sent to you on April 18th and the classes indicated on this schedule are guaranteed to be yours. This will enable you to offer the classes to your group and collect lab fees. Final invoices will be emailed to you on August 15th. Any changes to the schedule need to be made by August 20th.

I am afraid I won’t get the labs I want. Should I sign up for more labs than I need?
To make this as fair as possible, please do not request more classes than you can reasonably fill. We hope, by allowing early access for scheduling, you will be able to recruit students and collect money before payment is due.

When is payment due and what happens if I miss the payment deadline?
Payment in full is due for the Fall semester on August 22nd, 2014 and December 5th for Spring semester. On August 25th, all unpaid classes will be released and made available for purchase by others. A 20% charge per class may be applied to any cancellations or changes made after payment is received.

Why is the dissection lab more expensive?
The Dissection labs are more expensive because of the specialized equipment and specimens.

Why is there a cancellation policy?
The Museum’s education staff is very limited. Last minute cancellations affect our staff and supply costs. This small fee covers some of our losses.

How do I register for additional venues such as special exhibitions and other paid experiences?
Matti Hammett will help you arrange any additional venues you may require.

Are there any other opportunities for labs other than the monthly offerings?
Yes! We have Labs on Demand. The cost for a Lab on Demand depends upon what your group would like to experience. Payment is due on the day of your scheduled visit. If you wish to pay prior to your visit, follow the instructions on the invoice you receive.

Our interactive Labs on Demand offer the instructor the opportunity to select the topic that best suits their students at any given time. Labs are one hour (excluding some Advanced Labs) and can accommodate up to 25 students.

Labs on Demand include entry to the Permanent exhibit halls for all students and their chaperones.
Topics include but are not limited to:

Physical science:  
Force and Motion
Light and Optics

History and Culture:
Ancient Egypt – To complement our new Egyptian exhibit hall
Ancient and Medieval History Topics
Classes based on current or past exhibitions

Animal Adaptations
Life Cycles

Earth Science:
Rock Cycle
Paleontology – including our new Fossil Shark Tooth Lab
Earth Systems Topics (moon phases, tides, water cycle, solar system)

Dissection* - please enquire regarding particular specimen availability:
Specimen dissections
Organ dissections

Do not hesitate to email or call to address your particular needs if you do not see them included on this list. We have lots of options to suit your specific needs.

Lab on Demand at HMNS and HMNS Sugar Land Locations

Time: Mutually agreed upon time
Dates: Mutually agreed upon date
Capacity: 25 students per lab

Lab Dependent • $200 – standard Lab on Demand
$250 – dissection Lab on Demand
$200-$450 – Advanced Lab Topics for High School

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