Houston Museum of Natural Science

Excursion – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

10:00 AM

Trading hub, engineering marvel, monument to ingenuity, and North America's largest archaic complex, Poverty Point is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join HMNS curator of archaeology Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout on a trip to this unique site that dates back to 1700 BC. After an introduction in the museum, the group will see demonstrations in flint knapping, earth oven cooking and spear-throwing with an atlatl. After a guided tram tour of the main areas of the complex, the group will enjoy a picnic lunch. Then they will embark on a 2.6 mile walking tour with site archaeologist Dr. Diana Greenlee to see sites not generally accessible to the public.

About the Programs & Activities

Participants will meet at 10 am at Poverty Point UNESCO World Heritage Site, one hour northeast of Monroe, Louisiana off I-20. Map, directions and lodging suggestions will be emailed to those registered for the trip.

Limited to 35 participants.

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  • Monday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Members $63, Tickets $83

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking is available in our 6-story garage located on Caroline just south of Hermann Drive. The parking garage is $10 for museum members and $20 for all others. Some curbside parking is available near the Museum entrance and in Hermann Park.

Special Offers / Dining

The Museum offers easy access to a quick meal at McDonald's in the Grand Entry Hall. Open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. McDonald's also offers the option to pre-order meals for field trips.

Please note: Food and beverages are not allowed inside the Museum exhibit halls or theaters.

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