Houston Museum of Natural Science

Rocks & Minerals of the Ancient World

Tuesday, May. 16, 2017 – Tuesday, May. 16, 2017

06:30 PM

Fossils, minerals and rocks have been around since before human civilization, yet the sciences to study them have only been established for a couple of hundred years. Learn how the balance between natural resource abundancy and human ingenuity gave rise to the greatest monuments in the ancient world.


Emphasizing the ancient Egyptians, Maya, Aztec, tribes of the Amazon, as well as the American Plains, Southwest, and Northeast--James Washington will explain the specific geologic conditions that gave humanity the building materials to create the mega structures, mythologies and wealth of the ancient world using pieces from the museum exhibit halls as examples. Following the presentation, the audience will be invited to see a few select exhibits.


  • Monday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Members $12, Tickets $18

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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