Winston Churchill once said, "The empires of the future are the empires of the mind," followed by a warning against the unchecked imperialism of the Fourth Republic of Floating Brains. Discover empires of the past with today's Groupon: for $14, you get admission for two to the Ancient Ukraine—Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations exhibit as well as access to the permanent exhibits at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (up to a $36 value). This Groupon must be redeemed by September 5.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science transports amateur archaeologists into the distant past to explore ancient civilizations. The Ancient Ukraine exhibition—which features a large number of pieces never displayed in any museum—spans 6,000 years of history, beginning with the red-and-black pottery and animal sculptures of the Trypilian culture. Moving forward in time, visitors can see the fingerprints of second-century B.C. Greek settlers, whose Hellenistic influences color artifacts such as gold jewelry, amphorae, and fossilized gyros. In the second half of the exhibition, the gradual adoption of Orthodox Christianity in eastern Slavic lands becomes evident through 77 icons and religious regalia gathered from the collections of the Kyiv-Pechersk National Historical and Cultural Preserve and the Lviv National Museum.
Physical indigenous American artifacts await within the permanent The Americas exhibit in the museum's exhibit hall. Among the hall's three floors, museum-goers can brag about their nonextinction to jealous dinosaurs in the Paleontology wing or explore another continent in the African Wildlife exhibit, and hermit crabs can hunt for new apartments in an entire hall devoted to mollusks.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Seven days a week, the Houston Museum of Natural Science cultivates knowledge with interactive exhibits that shuttle minds into such far-flung realms as tropical rainforests and outer space. Permanent exhibit halls house everything from the skeletons of brachiosauruses in the recently expanded Morian Hall of Paleontology to artifacts from ancient Egypt and the Americas.
Housed inside three stories of glass, the museum's Cockrell Butterfly Center habitat teems with more than 1,500 winged wonders from around the globe, which frolic around a 50-foot waterfall, and flutter through exotic plants. Visitors can also gaze skyward in the Burke Baker Planetarium, which casts more than 10 daily shows with curve-mirror projection technology. Eyes marvel at the planetarium's 30'x18' full-dome digital theater, capable of transporting families to the aurora borealis in the Arctic Circle or to the nougat-flavored center of a black hole.
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