Better. Stronger. Faster!
Our vision for the Wiess Energy Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science has always been to maintain prominence as the world’s finest and most comprehensive exhibition about the science and technology of hydrocarbon energy. The last renovation and update of the Wiess Energy Hall occurred in 2005.
Over the last ten years, a true paradigm shift has transpired in the energy industry, anchored by the extraordinary rise of unconventional hydrocarbon resources and the technological breakthroughs that make their recovery viable. Even on the conventional energy side, advances in engineering expertise, machinery, electronics, and computing power have led to increasing activity and an urgent need for new talent and know-how.
The astounding changes in the last ten years have not been limited to the energy sector. Major advances have also taken place in the world of exhibit display technology, including the rapid rise of LEDs and vast improvements in touch-screen technology, video resolution, and large-format video screens.
The developments described above indicate that the time is right to completely reimagine the Wiess Energy Hall, bringing its content and design into the exhilarating new realm of 21st century energy production—in the world, in the US, and especially—in Texas.
Our capital campaign to fund your exciting new permanent exhibition hall began earlier this year and we are already more than halfway towards our $40 million goal. Engineering and construction have already begun on the fourth level of the Museum’s Dan L Duncan Family wing, and we plan to open the all-new, 30,000 square foot Wiess Energy Hall 3.0 at the end of 2017. Although the date seems far away, this is an enormous and complex permanent exhibition project. We are appealing to you, our friends and Museum members, to help us raise the remaining funds necessary to complete this unparalleled undertaking.
We earnestly hope that all of you will want to be a part of keeping HMNS and its flagship Wiess Energy Hall on the leading edge of museum design and technology worldwide. Make a contribution to the Wiess Energy Hall 3.0 by visiting our Donations page or by mail with the Mail-In Donation Form.