This must be some of the most exciting times for our incredible city. We are all in a frenzy watching football and getting ready for the big game… but there are other very exciting things happening all around us.
The Museum of Natural Science already holds the world’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils, on permanent exhibit in the Hall of Paleontology (which includes a little secret gem: the fossil of a fish with shoulder blades- considered to be the “missing link”). But if that is not
enough of a reason to make it and the rest of our incredible museums a part of your repertoire of Houston activities, this and the next few months will hold even more treasures.
For starters, the Mummies of the World exhibit is the largest of its kind, boasting dozens of mummies and shrunken heads, dating as far back as 4500 years ago. The exhibit will walk you through the mummification processes as carried out by different cultures as well as display mummies from all corners of the earth, and teach you how we are learning from these mummies using modern techniques. This is a limited exhibit, so don’t miss it.
This weekend also marks the opening of the famous Body Worlds RX at the Health Museum. It is the culmination of over 40 years of work and research by Anatomist Dr. Gunther Von Hagens who has developed a specific way of using a hardening plastic to replace the body’s fluids once donors have passed. Th
is exhibit, in contrast to the Body Worlds we witnessed 10 years ago at HMNS, focusses on disease and the way it affects our body. Expect to see side-by-side comparisons of the
effects of obesity, smoking, excessive drinking, etc. While it is an amazing learning experience for all ages, make sure you come prepared to answer all types of questions the little ones will have.
So beat the Super Bowl tourism crowds and don’t miss out!