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Free Thursdays

Enjoy the museum on any budget. HMNS offers free museum hours on Thursdays from 2 – 5 p.m. in our permanent exhibit halls. Free Thursday allows access to our permanent exhibitions. The best way to explore the museum for free any time is with a museum membership! Members always get into our permanent exhibit halls for free and have access to discounted pricing on the other venues, lectures, programs, summer camp and more. Become a member today! *hours subject to…

Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear And Freedom In America

Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear And Freedom In America reveals nine major events and periods in U.S. history when Americans were threatened by enemies within its borders. It depicts how the government and public responded, illustrates the corresponding evolution of U.S. counterintelligence and homeland security efforts, and examines the challenge of securing the nation without compromising the civil liberties upon which it was founded. This exhibition covers nine acts of terror beginning with the burning of the White House in the…

In The Community

This year, we're partnering with community organizations that support conservation and environmental initiatives around the city of Houston and beyond. Check out our community partners below to learn more about what these organizations are doing to celebrate Earth Day this year and how you can learn from them about conservation year-round. Bayou Land Conservancy Bayou Land Conservancy preserves land along streams for flood control, clean water, and wildlife. As an accredited land trust at the forefront of land conservation for…

Virtual – Celebration Earth

Wednesdays in April Virtual tours with conservation themes led by HMNS educators will take place each week at 6:30pm on Wednesday. Check back here for information on how to log in and watch.  City Nature Challenge Training April 6 (Details coming soon) Want to participate in the City Nature Challenge, but not sure how? Join us for this free training where staff and volunteers will be on hand to help answer questions and let you practice your photo-taking outside the…

HMNS Hermann Park

Earth Exhibits Both included with permanent exhibit hall admission and always free for members. Gaia – Earth by Luke Jerram Now Open Marvel at the beauty of our planet the way only astronauts can. Created by guest favorite Luke Jerram, this 23-foot diameter sculpture, floats above your head in our Glassell Hall. State of Water: Our Most Valuable Resource Now Open Water is an essential resource for life, but its journey to your faucets is often taken for granted. Through…

Traveling to Houston?

Rain or shine, our doors are open year round to Houston natives, transplants and those just passing through. Our museum remains one of the must-see locations for travelers and locals alike. With over fifteen permanent exhibits and new special and traveling exhibitions all the time, seeing everything can be a daunting task. We understand our traveling patrons have different schedules, so head to our exhibit page for a full look at everything on display during  your visit.   Make the most…

Finding Wildlife In The Burbs

Where to find wildlife in the ‘burbs Wildlife is all around us.  Every once in a while when driving at night or going on an early morning walk its possible to see an Opossum or Raccoon running across the road.  At the other end of the spectrum a variety of birds, lizards and squirrels are often abundant and easy to see.  Here are some local places to go in Houston to see various types of wildlife predictably. Like Forrest Gump’s…

Mammal Projects

Nutria and Beaver niche partitioning at an urban pond Carnivore Projects Range expansion and ecology of Ringtail Albinsm in Raccoons  ‘Rediscovery’ of the Cougar in east Texas  Carnivores (Bobcats, Coyotes, Striped skunks) and other species returning to Houston city limits  Range expansion of Ringtail  Albinism in Raccoons   Waugh Street Bat Projects The effects of a major flooding event on Free-tailed bats  Predation on Free-tailed bats by Swainson’s hawks and Night herons Dr. Daniel Brooks studying Hawk predation A Night…

Houston Urban Wildlife Project

What is it? The Houston Urban Wildlife Project (HUWP) is a program that was born around 2000 when collaborating on a project with colleagues from Rice University regarding the effect of bayou channelization upon urban avian diversity.  What has taken place since is a diverse array of urban wildlife projects, primarily research.  Coordinated by Daniel Brooks, Ph.D. the bulk of these studies focuses upon: invasive and aquatic birds, as well as Free-tailed bats (Tadarida mexicanus) and carnivores (see below).  Why…

ExxonMobil Virtual Teacher Trainings

Registration opens on February 1st.    Earn two hours of CPE credit in our upcoming monthly virtual teacher trainings! These workshops will be available over Zoom from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  Members: FREE Non-members: $10.00   2/25 – High Interest Hands-on STEAM from Home Discover strategies to create engaging hands-on virtual STEAM lessons using simple supplies that most families have at home. Activities work great for the classroom and blended classes as well.  3/23 – The Plague  From Yellow Fever to…

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