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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

  • John P. McGovern Hall of The Americas

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    John P. McGovern Hall of The Americas

    The John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas celebrates the remarkable diversity and extraordinary accomplishments of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, as well as the continuity of their rich cultural traditions.

    See the Museum’s magnificent collection of rugs, pottery, bead-work, kachina dolls, pre-Colombian gold, and other objects. Representing more than 50 diverse cultures from Alaska to Peru, these superb artifacts are complemented by innovative reconstructed environments and hands-on activities.

  • Frensley/Graham Hall of African Wildlife

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Frensley/Graham Hall of African Wildlife

    Unlike the traditional “menagerie” approach, this hall focuses on well-integrated themes of African wildlife ecology and conservation. Additionally, state-of-the-art interactives and video films enhance the experience.

    Explore seven biomes, each of which highlights a different theme relating to African Wildlife Ecology.

    Congo Basin: Explore uncharted wilderness in search of new species.

    West African Tropical Forest and Ethiopian Realm: Examine how primates and antelope co-exist.

    Serengeti Grassland: Observe intricate dynamics between predators and prey at many levels.

    Lowveld region: Survey the ecosystem and food chain, using the full complement of predators, prey and scavengers.

    Saharan Desert: Witness incredible birds migrations.

    Okavango Delta: Learn about the importance of water for organisms to survive.

  • Vintage Texas Wildlife Dioramas

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Vintage Texas Wildlife Dioramas

    The new dioramas in the Education Wing have been a regular part of the museum for several decades. When their occupied space was deemed essential for renovation, museum staff was unable to simply throw away these dioramas with their rich and fine detail. Instead we decided to make an effort to do what museums do best – conserve these precious historical antiquities, preserving them for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.

    With research, we were able to determine when these incredible murals were painted. The Texas Gulf Coast scene is the oldest diorama on display. It was painted in the mid 1940s when the museum was located on its former grounds at the Houston Zoo. Initially this diorama was perhaps one-third its current depth; the walls were added in later years to match those of the other three. Travis Keese painted both the Prairie (1965) and Davis Mountains (1967) scenes during his tenure as museum staff artist (1964-71). The Big Thicket scene was done around 1969 by an artist name Harry Wortham. Keese was then contracted in 1996 to do conservation work on all of the murals, and also at that time painted the High Plains mural that is framed on the left. The murals were again touched-up by artist fabricators Brian Zievert and Robert Shuttlesworth during the 2014 reinstallation.

  • Wiess Energy Hall

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Wiess Energy Hall

    Dubbed Wiess Energy Hall 3.0, the third iteration of this popular hall has been enlarged from its previous 8,500 square feet to an expansive 30,000 square feet—almost the size of a football field. Joining the completely redesigned “classic” displays is a bonanza of entirely new exhibits, making the new hall the most contemporary, comprehensive and technologically advanced exhibition on the science and technology of energy anywhere in the world.

    Entering the new Wiess Energy Hall, visitors step off of the elevator into a dynamic floor of a 21st century offshore drilling rig populated by a motley crew of sci-fi robots. Near the center of the cavernous new hall, a replica of a tricone rotary drill bit—fourteen feet in diameter—spins vigorously overhead.

    Not far away, the completely reinvented Geovator takes visitors on a reimagined fantastic voyage plunging down through the Museum floors into the earth, then back in time to the Cretaceous Period for an attack by hungry pteranodons and a meteor strike.

    The new hall also features “Energy City,” a 2,500-square-foot 3-D landscape representing Houston, the surrounding Gulf coastal waters and the terrain of southeast and central Texas. This vibrant “white model” uses bleeding-edge projection mapping technology to bring to life the energy value chain.

  • 1515 Hermann Dr

    The Health Museum
    1515 Hermann Dr
    Houston, TX 77004
    1515 Hermann Dr

    The Health Museum welcomes you to explore the complexity and vast impact of human microbiomes through the engaging exhibition The Secret World Inside You. The exhibition introduces the microbiome, how it is created, and how it effects the human body through interactive tables and activities. Explore your own ecosystem and learn all about the community of creatures that your immune system, digestive system and brain rely on daily. Physical health is not the only thing that microbes can affect; learn how your mental health, including conditions like depression, are impacted by your microbiome. You can also meet microbes up close through multiple projections. The McGovern Theater will showcase surprising films that reveal the wonders of the human microbiome for all ages to enjoy.

  • 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.

  • Collection Close-Up: The Graphic Work of Dorothea Tanning

    1533 Sul Ross St
    Houston, TX 77006
    Collection Close-Up: The Graphic Work of Dorothea Tanning

    American artist and author Dorothea Tanning (1910–2012) created more than 100 graphic works between 1950 and 2001. Thanks to a recent generous gift to the Menil Collection from Barbara and Jim Metcalf, the Menil now owns the complete set, many of which will be displayed for the first time in The Graphic Work of Dorothea Tanning.

    These prints and illustrated books feature images that range from representation to near total abstraction, demonstrating the breadth of Tanning’s formal innovation. Experimenting with lithography, etching, and aquatint, Tanning produced a variety of surface textures, some crystalline, others cloud-like. She often introducing reoccurring motifs into her dreamlike spaces. Her ambiguously erotic embracing figures are the most recognizable. Tanning’s highly personal work addresses universal human emotions and experiences of ecstasy, elation, anxiety, and obsession.

    Complementing these works on paper, Tanning’s sculpture Cousins (1970), one of the highlights of the Menil’s Surrealist collection, will also be included in the exhibition.

  • Dissection Days on Free Family Thursdays

    1515 Hermann Drive
    Houston, TX 77004
    Dissection Days on Free Family Thursdays

    Have you ever wanted to be a surgeon for a day? Or, wonder what it’s like to hold a heart in your hand? Hands-on dissections take place every Free Family Thursday at 3 p.m. at The Health Museum in the Houston Museum District. Curious about what's going on inside your body? Explore the anatomy of your body and its organ functions with an assortment of exciting activities and live demonstrations for all ages. The Health Museum invites the whole family to come in and get involved with its Dissection Days on Free Family Thursdays! Parents and children will learn together about the anatomy and physiology of a variety of animal organs from a cow’s eyeball to a sheep’s brain. Visitors will engage and learn about the internal and external structures of different organs such as the liver, brain, and the heart. This learning journey will also demonstrate the body’s different systems: cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, immune, and how tissues and organs are interrelated. Come explore the interactive lab and learn literally from the inside out!

  • Steak Night at The Maple Leaf

    514 Elgin St.
    Houston, TX 77006
    Steak Night at The Maple Leaf

    Thursday night means Steak Night at The Maple Leaf Pub. Not only will you be able to sink your teeth into some of the best steak of your life, you'll be able to play along with Geeks Who Drink Pub Quizzes. Put your team together and come out! 

    The meal includes a gorgeous, 14-16oz upper top choice ribeye that comes with a baked potato for $16. Add a side of delicious seasoned and grilled asparagus for $2. 

    While you wait, you can take on your friends in darts, air hockey or bubble hockey. 

  • Thursday Wine and Music

    2509 Rice Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77005
    Thursday Wine and Music

    Join us for a relaxing evening - good music, good wine, and good people. Our talented musicians, Jabari and Ashdin, are playing blues and jazz for you. Rosinka is offering happy hour wines and food.

  • Live Music at the original Ginger Man

    5607 Morningside
    Houston, TX 77005
    Live Music at the original Ginger Man

    Sip on our widespread selection of beers while listening to live music in our back beer garden every Thursday from 7:00 to 10:00! Each week we rotate acoustic dreamboat Scott Morrison with newcomers with different styles and flavors. Whether you like acoustic covers of pop songs or original ballads, both artists got you covered.

  • 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.