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  • Let's Roam: Houston Museum District Scavenger Hunt

    5951 Fannin Street
    Houston, TX 77030
    Let's Roam: Houston Museum District Scavenger Hunt

    The largest city in Texas can feel like one great big museum. On this fun-filled Houston scavenger hunt, explore the Museum District and all its surrounding green spaces.Who is the city's heroic namesake? How many columns does it take to make a colonnade? Find out on this scavenger hunt of Houston!What You'll See: Museum District, Hermann Park, Clayton Library

  • Morian Hall of Paleontology

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Morian Hall of Paleontology

    The Morian Hall of Paleontology is packed with prehistoric beasts, and does not have the same stagnant displays of ancient skeletons standing in a row that many visitors are accustomed to seeing. Rather, the predators and prey in the new paleontology hall are in action – chasing, eating and escaping as they struggle for life. Embark on a “prehistoric safari” that also includes the grand saga of human evolution – from tree-climbing australopithecines to courageous mammoth-hunters.

  • Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals

    From a huge blue topaz crystal weighing more than 2,000 carats to a crystallized gold cluster that is one of the most highly coveted objects in the mineral kingdom, the spectacular specimens on display here are true masterpieces – the Rembrandts and Picassos of the natural world.

    Discover more than 450 beautifully crystallized mineral specimens, including some of the world’s most rare and beautiful examples. Examine these dazzling treasures in detail from all angles through walk-around display cases illuminated by fiber-optic lighting to provide optimum viewing.

    The nearby Smith Gem Vault showcases stunning, gem-quality seashells from the world-class Guido T. Poppe Collection of Philippine Mollusks.

  • Herzstein Foucault Pendulum

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Herzstein Foucault Pendulum

    First exhibited in 1851 at the World’s Fair in Paris, the Foucault Pendulum (named after Jean Bernard Leon Foucault, the French physicist who invented it) is a visual demonstration of the Earth’s rotation.

    Throughout the day, the direction of the pendulum’s swing appears to change. Actually the Earth is turning under the pendulum as it swings. At Houston’s latitude (30° N.) the pendulum will precess through 180° or halfway around each day. During this time, it will knock down all of the pins.

  • Cabinet of Curiosities

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Cabinet of Curiosities

    Museums exist to inspire people to wonder and to facilitate creative thought. Given our curious natures and our innate desire to collect, it is no wonder that the grand modern museum has its humble roots firmly planted in the privately-owned collections of extraordinary objects from the past. These collections, called cabinets of curiosity, first became popular in the Renaissance and reached their pinnacle of popularity in the Victorian Era.

  • Strake Hall of Malacology

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Strake Hall of Malacology

    Malacology is the study of mollusks – invertebrate creatures with soft, unsegmented bodies, many of which house themselves in shells. This fascinating and highly diverse group of animals includes more than 100,000 species, ranging in size from snails so small that we can barely see them to giant squids more than 60 feet long.

    The Strake Hall of Malacology highlights these creatures through models, fossils, dioramas, living specimens, and hundreds of rare and spectacular shells.

  • Lester & Sue Smith Gem Vault

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Lester & Sue Smith Gem Vault

    The Lester and Sue Smith Gem Vault, the permanent exhibit hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, completes the story begun by the now world-renowned Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals.

    In selecting many of the objects for inclusion in the Gem Vault, the Museum’s curators used their extensive connections in the mineralogical world to acquire mineral “cutting rough” of precious gemstones freshly extracted from mines around the world. The Museum could thus have these very best natural stones cut to its exact specifications into faceted gems of exact specifications, then crafted into original works under the skilled hands of jewelry designers, including Ernesto Moreira.

  • DeBakey Cell Lab

    The Health Museum
    1515 Hermann Dr
    Houston, TX 77004
    DeBakey Cell Lab

    You don’t need to be a scientist to enter, but you’ll feel like one when you leave!

    Gear up with a lab coat, gloves and goggles and travel through experiment stations in both English and Spanish. This hands-on exhibit is $3 for current members, and an additional $5 per person for non-members with the purchase of general admission to The Health Museum.  Travel through seven lab stations that get you up close and personal with cellular biology.  Your Cell Lab admission ticket permits access to up to 3 of the 7 lab stations per visit. Due to the complexity of the experiments, all guests, ages 13 and under, must be accompanied by an adult. It is required that all guests  must be ages 7 and above in order to participate in The DeBakey Cell Lab.

    The DeBakey Cell Lab is a distinct, new kind of museum experience. Honorably named after the respected and accomplished medical pioneer, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, this bilingual exhibit is designed to introduce biology-based science to the public and inspire future scientists and science-lab leaders in the medical field.

  • Newton Know-How

    1500 Binz Street
    Houston, TX 77004
    Newton Know-How

    Step into a world alive with action as you delve into force, friction, momentum, gravity and speed in the Newton Know-How! exhibit.  Whether  a rocket scientist or a dancer, we are all governed by the laws of motion. Come explore Isaac Newton's three laws of motion by testing methods to get golf ball trains through a Golf Ball Coaster, accelerating balls using gravity, building a domino pattern and watching dominoes fall in a chain reaction, generating kinetic energy as you launch balls into cups or defying gravity using angular momentum.

  • Apollo Art: 50 Year Retrospective

    1601 E NASA Pkwy
    Houston, TX 77058
    Apollo Art: 50 Year Retrospective

    The exhibit includes drawings, glass works, and paintings from the collections of NASA and contributions from other current artists. These more than 30 works—ranging from the illustrative to the abstract—present a different view of the Apollo program that photos and films can’t capture.

    The exhibit will also feature Apollo-era artifacts not normally on public display.

  • Cyberchase

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Cyberchase

    It is the classic tale of good vs. evil as the dastardly Hacker attempts to overtake Cyberspace. Yet, he’s continuously outsmarted by three curious kids and one cyberbird pal who are determined to stop him. Join forces with the CyberSquad: Matt, Inez, Jackie and Digit, in their quest to save Cyberspace as they zoom into Cyberchase – The Chase Is On!, an out-of-this-world, math adventure!

  • KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature

    Immaturity is NOT a four-letter word – literally and metaphorically. In fact, the Children’s Museum of Houston is out to prove that immaturity and genius go hand in hand with KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature on February 2, 2019. Based on KLUTZ® Encyclopedia of Immaturity Vol. 1 and 2, the KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature exhibit will offer you the opportunity to embrace your inner zany genius, while exploring what these behaviors can teach you about science, engineering, math, and literacy. Produced by the Children’s Museum of Houston in partnership with KLUTZ®, KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature returns to Houston for the first time in four years!

  • FlowWorks

    1500 Binz St,
    Houston, TX 77004
    FlowWorks

    Dive into the forces and properties of water through waves, vortices and rapids, exploring the fascinating concept of hydropower!

    FlowWorks is an interactive exhibit, which requires kids to “dip” their hands into it to make it work!

    An 18 feet tall Cauldron stands in the middle of it all! The more you play, the more it gets filled up with water. Once it’s full, water comes crashing down, making an unstoppable wave of fun and allowing other exhibit components to break their course!

  • Matter Factory

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Matter Factory

    Step into a whimsical factory and stare straight into the future! The Children's Museum of Houston's Matter Factory offers a glimpse into the concepts of materials science, including properties of matter and potential uses for different substances and smart materials.

    With 1,350 square feet of exhibit space, explore how matter matters in our daily lives. Experiment with different properties of matter, test and sort materials based on their properties, and examine unique properties of emerging materials recently developed by scientists.

  • Vietgone

    Alley Theatre
    615 Texas Ave
    Houston, TX 77002
    Vietgone

    It’s 1975. Saigon has fallen. He lost his wife. She lost her fiancé. But now in America, a strange new land of cowboys, hippies, and bikers, these two Vietnamese refugees just might find each other. Remixing history and culture into a funny and energetic fantasia, playwright Qui Nguyen creates a contemporary twist on the boy meets girl story that The New York Times hails as “a raucous, immensely moving comedy.” Using his irreverent, infectious style, Nguyen takes audiences on a hilariously rip-roaring ride across 1970s America with a hot soundtrack that serves up hip-hop, sass, and revolution.  

  • Cabaret

    10760 Grant Rd
    Houston, TX 77070
    Cabaret

    Winner of eight Tonys (including Best Musical) with an unforgettable score by Kander and Ebb, Cabaret sits on the seedy cusp of the Nazi’s rise to power in 1931 Berlin. Decadent chorus girl Sally Bowles is determined to live a life of carefree ignorance. An American writer dreams that he can save Sally and change the course of events, but he is powerless in the face of Nazi brutality.

    Parental guidance highly suggested for ages 17 and younger due to strong adult themes and sexuality.   Note: This powerful, dark musical is written, produced and directed by well-respected Jewish and Christian theatre professionals whose sole purpose is to remind  the world not to let the Holocaust and extremism happen again. It is “edgy” no doubt, but performed with extreme care regarding the writer’s original purpose to shed light on a theme still relevant today.

  • Spring Awakening

    The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St
    Houston, TX 77002
    Spring Awakening

    Duncan Sheik's luminous rock musical Spring Awakening garnered eight Tony Awards, including the prize for Best Musical, Direction, Book and Score during its debut Broadway run in 2006. Breaking the musical theater mould with a gripping adaptation of German playwright Frank Wedekind's once controversial 1891 play, the production transformed the original text's repressed teenagers into creative dreamers, schemers and rebellious rock stars thanks to the soaring melodies and pulsing rhythms of its electrifying indie-rock infused score. Don't miss the modern coming-of-age musical when it lights up Houston as part of TUTS 2019/20 theater season this fall! 

    Set in Germany in the late 19th century, Spring Awakening chronicles the trials and tribulations of the sexual awakening and self discovery of a group of school kids. There's handsome genius Melchior and innocent Wendla whose curiosity and passion grows in each others arms, and social outcast Mortiz, who struggles to conform to society's norms, amongst others. Their parents and teachers simply won't educate them when it comes to the mechanics of sex and physical love, so the hormone-filled teens rail against the system and forge their own path to adulthood. 

  • Invention Convention

    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Invention Convention

    Step into a workshop of gadgets and gizmos where kids create, concoct and construct contraptions and use their imagination to become inventors!
    Dream-up and design in a workshop filled with half-finished contraptions, bins of spare parts, project tables, schematics and various instruments from floor to ceiling.

    Experiment with LEGO® bricks, propellers, magnets, batteries, switches and buzzers through facilitated, hands-on experiments and mini-workshops.