Both included with permanent exhibit hall admission and always free for members.
Gaia – Earth by Luke Jerram
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.
Water is an essential resource for life, but its journey to your faucets is often taken for granted. Through striking photographs, artist Brad Temkin showcases the architecture behind the water systems we depend on every day.
Created by Brad Temkin and the Field Museum. Supported by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.
Wortham Giant Screen Theatre & Burke Baker Planetarium featured films
Exclusive Giant Screen films “Into America’s Wild” and “Great Barrier Reef” will allow you to travel the planet from the comfort of your seat. Blast off to explore planetary science in a full dome experience in “Dynamic Earth” in the Burke Baker Planetarium.
Shop our Museum Store during your visit for 10% off all Earth related items!
Bug watching with Brandon Ballengée
Join Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts artist in residence Brandon Ballengée for an evening of bug-watching at the “Love Motel for Insects” outside of the Cockrell Butterfly Center Houston Museum of Natural Science! We will look for nocturnal arthropods such as beautiful moths, bold beetles and other segmented critters that go bump in the night attracted to the ultraviolet lights of the sculpture!
The evening begins at 8:00 for a short tutorial on how to use the iNaturalist and Seek apps to identify and record the insects you see during the evening. Next, Ballengée discuss the value of insects, urban biology and of course the sculpture. When the sun sets the sculpture will come alive with light and arthropods to observe and identify!
This event is free, but requires registration to track crowd sizes and alert you to weather-related changes. During registration, please indicate the number of people attending in your group. To register, click here.
To learn more about Ballengée and his art, view his TEDx talk here.
Celebrate Earth with HMNS in the Great Outdoors
Available in the Museum Store
Celebrate Earth Day at home by exploring the outdoors with this adventure box!