OUR MISSION: The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science preserves and interprets the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning.

At the Museum

Museum Pricing

  Museum Admission Only Combo Ticket (Museum + Planetarium)
Adults (13-59) $8.00 $10.00
Seniors (60+) $7.00 $9.00
Children (3-12) $5.00 $7.00

Planetarium Shows

Planetarium Tickets
Adults (13-59) $7.00
Seniors (60+) $6.00
Children (3-12) $4.00

DynaTheater Shows

DynaTheater Tickets
Adults (13-59) $7.00
Seniors (60+) $6.00
Children (3-12) $5.00

Announcements

NatureScapes 2018: Clouds

Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the photographers who participated in our annual photo competition, NatureScapes. This year, the theme was CLOUDS and photographers explored the entire state to find clouds everywhere. We received 142 entries and the judges were able to select thirty photos that show clouds in many different forms and interpretations.

Prizes will be awarded on Saturday, October 20th, 10-11am, during the exhibit opening and members preview.

Photographs will be displayed from October 20th, 2018 to January 27th, 2019. 

 

First Place: Aguirre Spring (Tim Funk)

Second Place: Hideaway (Max Woltman)

Honorable Mention: Watching the Moon Rise (Paul Zeigler)

 

Student Winners     

              

First Place: Retreating Storm, Standing Bow (Vera Berger)           

Second Place: Clouds and Ancients (Leo Unzicker)

Honorable Mention: Fences Can't Keep Out Flames (Colin Ross)

 

This annual photo competition celebrates nature through the art of photography. Our vision is to inspire a greater appreciation and understanding of the natural world.

the Rise & Fall of the dinosaurs

New York times best selling author Steve Brusatte a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh and a specialist on the evolution of dinosaurs will be on hand for a special one night lecture and to sign his book The Rise of the Dinosaur. The lecture promptly starts at 7pm and is a limited seating engagement (first come first served).

“THE ULTIMATE DINOSAUR BIOGRAPHY,” hails Scientific American: A thrilling new history of the age of dinosaurs, from one of our finest young scientists. Now a New York Times bestseller!

“This is scientific storytelling at its most visceral, striding with the beasts through their Triassic dawn, Jurassic dominance, and abrupt demise in the Cretaceous.” —

Pluto-Palooza @ the Museum

"Pluto in the Round"

Full dome video, images of Pluto and Charon. Live commentary by the visiting New Horizons' mission team members...

 

Friday Sept 21 and Saturday Sept 22

1pm - 1:45pm

in the Museum planetarium

 

FREE for Museum staff, volunteers, and all visitors to the Museum that day...

 

• Experience Pluto in a full-dome video with live commentary by the visiting NASA mission scientists

 

• This is a new product that the NASA folks are trying out...please come and help review it...

 

• This will also be a good time to ask questions and discuss one-on-one with the team members....in a more one-on-one and personal way than the dynatheater...

Upcoming Events

October 5, 2018 - 6:00pm

First Friday Fractals shows at 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. are more informational and include videos that explain a bit about the math behind the most popular fractal (the Mandelbrot set) and provide an overview of the Fractal Foundation’s education and outreach program. These shows include an equal mix of 2D and 3D zooms. Fractals Rock! shows are “less talk, more rock!” and run at 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. Typically, they include more 3D fractal zooms, which can make some people motion sick, and do not include much explanation about what fractals are or the Fractal Foundation’s education and outreach. We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance, as all of these shows are popular, and tend to sell-out. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (60+), and $5 for kids 3 - 12 yrs. Any tickets not sold prior to 5:00 p.m. on the day of the show will be available for purchase at the museum's boxoffice. Because the demand for these shows is high we must enforce a general no refunds policy. We cannot allow late seating for your safety, and for the viewing experience of those already seated for the shows. Please plan to be at least 15 minutes early to your show. Call (505)841-2869 with any questions. Click here for 6:00 p.m. tickets. Click here for 7:00 p.m. tickets. Click here for 8:00 p.m. tickets. Click here for 9:00 p.m. tickets.

October 10, 2018 - 3:00pm

Take a hike in the Sandia’s and learn about its geology.

October 20, 2018 - 1:00pm

Professional Development Workshop for Formal and Informal Science Educators Vertebrate Paleontology in New Mexico and Beyond Saturday • October 20 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm with optional Museum tour 4:00-5:00pm

October 26, 2018 - 6:30pm

Halloween Party for adults 21+

November 2, 2018 - 6:00pm

First Friday Fractals shows at 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. are more informational and include videos that explain a bit about the math behind the most popular fractal (the Mandelbrot set) and provide an overview of the Fractal Foundation’s education and outreach program.