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Shell Educators’ Preview

FREE for Educators

Tuesday, November 1st | 4:00 – 8:00 pm
FREE for Educators

You are invited to attend our Shell Educators’ Preview on November 1st, featuring our newly reopened John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas and King Tut’s Tomb Discovery Experience.

The John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas celebrates the remarkable diversity and extraordinary accomplishments of the Indigenous peoples of what we call the Americas, past and present.

The public will see belongings and artwork from Nations from the Arctic to South America. These include ceramics, featherwork, beadwork, shell and stone tools.  Dioramas cover topics such as hunting in the Arctic, Code Talkers in WW I and WW II, and Plains life. A large-scale reconstruction of rock shelter art in the Lower Pecos River area of Texas introduces 5,000-year old messages as interpreted by contemporary Native medicine men/women.

This program is made possible with funding from Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the federal CARES Act.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Our Educator Members will have the opportunity to interact with the Hall of Americas Curator, Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout. Curator of Anthropology, Dr. Van Tuerenhout is an expert in human cultures, especially those of Latin America, and is well versed in archaeology and anthropology.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is proud to present an awe-inspiring event that will transport visitors back to 1922 as they explore the world premier exhibition, King Tut’s Tomb Discovery Experience. Travel to Egypt’s fabled Valley of the Kings to accompany famed Egyptologist Howard Carter as he gazes into King Tut’s Tomb for the very first time.

Experience the dark and winding tunnels that led to Tutankhamen’s burial chambers, explore the countless golden treasures he took with him into the afterworld, and explore the brightly colored, floor-to-ceiling hieroglyphics that detail his life and offer prayers to the gods to ensure a blessed life after death.

Surrounded by elements of the recent–and ancient–past, visitors will bask in the glories of King Tut’s Tomb and walk in the footsteps of Howard Carter when he gets his first glimpse of “Wonderful things!”

Join Carter in a miraculous discovery that quite literally brought Tutankhamen back to life for the entire world to see. Celebrate his life, witness his death, and contemplate the certainty of the ancient Egyptian afterlife when you visit King Tut’s Tomb Discovery Experience at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

King Tut’s Tomb Discovery Experience is generously supported by the John P. McGovern Foundation, the Harriet and Truett Latimer Endowment Fund, and HMW Entertainment.

Not an Educator Member? Join our waiting list to receive a FREE 1-year membership to HMNS.

Registration is now open

For more information or questions, email us at

HMNS at Hermann Park

5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston,Texas 77030
(713) 639-4629

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HMNS at Sugar Land

13016 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
(281) 313-2277

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George Observatory

21901 FM 762 Rd.
Needville, Texas 77461
(979) 553-3400

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