history lecture series

Lecture Series

The museum hosts a yearlong lecture series that brings in speakers on local, regional, national, and international subjects of the maritime world. Typically, lectures are broken into two subject themes of those that are historical in focus and those specific to an industrial topic. Visit our Youtube page to access archival video of past lectures!

Please note that HMM now requires visitors to register for our lecture series programs to better accomodate our guests. To register, click on the lecture pages below! 

History Lectures

Thanks to the generous support of Frost Bank, the Houston Maritime Museum is able to provide a monthly history lectures on a variety of topics. All lectures are held at the Houston Maritime Museum, open to the public, and include admission to the museum collections.

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TOPGUN: The U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School

TOPGUN: The U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School

TOPGUN: The U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School

The United States Navy Fighter Weapons School is the formal name of “TOPGUN.” TOPGUN was made famous in a 1986 movie; and, will again, be center stage in an upcoming sequel. The movies, while entertaining, do not accurately portray the TOPGUN program, which is a school to educate pilots on ways to teach advanced tactics. Yarko “J.J.” Sos ran the TOPGUN training program from 1996-1998 and will share his experience as an instructor. The presentation will go into detail about the evolution of aircraft bombing over the last 80 years, the influence of precision weapons, and the ways that “effects-based” mission planning has greatly improved the efficacy of aerial bombardment. J.J. will also share personal “war stories” from Desert Storm and lessons learned “the hard way.”

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Darwin Aboard the Beagle: A Naturalist's Journey

Darwin Aboard the Beagle: A Naturalist's Journey

Darwin Aboard the Beagle: A Naturalist's Journey

In 1831, Charles Darwin was invited to join the HMS Beagle as the ship's naturalist for a trip around the world. For the next five years, the Beagle surveyed the coast of South America, while Darwin explored the continent and islands. He filled dozens of notebooks with observations on animals and plants and collected thousands of specimens for further study. Darwin’s experiences during his five-year journey aboard the HMS Beagle led him to develop a theory that would transform our understanding of life on earth. In this talk, we will consider what Darwin actually observed, how his journey influenced the development of his theory of evolution by natural selection, and how our understanding of evolution has changed since his lifetime.

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Environmental Lectures

Our newest lecture series invites key members of the maritime community and academia who highlight innovation and progress in the maritime industry. Lectures are held at the Houston Maritime Museum, are open to the public and include admission to the museum collections.

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Industry Lectures

Throughout the year the Houston Maritime Museum presents talks by community leaders on various topics related to the maritime industry. All lectures are held at the Houston Maritime Museum, are open to the public, and include admission to the museum collections. 

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