Houston Museum of Natural Science names new director for HMNS—Sugar Land, George Observatory

Houston Museum of Natural Science named a new director for the Sugar Land campus and George Observatory on July 15. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Houston Museum of Natural Science named a new director for the Sugar Land campus and George Observatory on July 15. (Courtesy Visit Houston)

Houston Museum of Natural Science named a new director for the Sugar Land campus and George Observatory on July 15. (Courtesy Visit Houston)

The Houston Museum of Natural Science has announced Kavita Self is the new director for HMNS at Sugar Land and the George Observatory in Needville, according to a July 15 press release.

Self has been with HMNS since 2013, working most recently as the program manager at the Sugar Land campus and leading the volunteer program, according to the release.

"Science explains the world we live in—the way it was, the way it is—and will help us shape the way it will be," Self said in the release. "I still remember my sense of wonder as a child discovering science, and I get to recreate that every day at HMNS."

Self, who graduated from Rice University, lives in the Sugar Land area with her husband and their three children. Self is active with her children's scout activities, volunteers with Fort Bend County homeless youth and is a member of the Fort Bend Junior Service League.

"Kavita is a tireless champion of everything we stand for in our HMNS family and I look forward to collaborating with her on making our museums the best that they can be," HMNS President Joel Bartsch said in the release.


Self is preceded by Adrienne Barker, who had served as HMNS at Sugar Land director and chief development officer since 2011. Barker recently became the site director for the George Ranch Historical Park.

Self said she hopes to take HMNS at Sugar Land and the George Observatory to new heights in the upcoming years.

"Museums bring communities together to experience our collective human heritage," Self said in the release. "At HMNS, you can have fun, expand your horizons and get inspired."

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, HMNS at Sugar Land is temporarily closed.
By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.