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 Admission

Adults (13-59) $8.00
Seniors (60+) $7.00
Children (3-12) $5.00

Planetarium Shows

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

DynaTheater Shows

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


Travel back to the sights and sounds of immortal musical groups, brought to life in laser light!  Laser and planetarium projectors will fill the dome with choreographed light, allowing the music and images to envelope the audience. Laser concerts light up the Museum from October 21 through November 3.

For a few select evenings only, songs from the Beatles, U2, Led Zeppelin, and Metallica will be featured in dedicated shows along with compilation productions with tracks from classic rock, pop, and alternative bands. Two albums of Pink Floyd will be presented in recorded shows, but on the very special night of October 22, Dark Side of the Moon will be performed live with the laser by the band Pink Freud, presented in partnership with AMP Concerts as part of the New Mexico Culture Squared initiative. Look at all the choices marked with the word "laser" in the title on the museum's event calendar. Links to advanced ticket sales are included with each description.

In the mornings at 11 a.m., two classic mythological stories will be told with laser light animation. During the first week of the laser’s presentations, the story of Orion the Hunter’s epic battle with Scorpius will be expressed in exciting detail. During the second week, come back to hear the tale of Perseus and Andromeda’s defeat of the sea monster, Cetus.

Finally, each afternoon at 4 p.m., bring the kids after school for the fun, Halloween-themed show, Fright Light. Laser characters, beautiful abstract patterns, and music create a spine-tingling treat. The show features a variety of ghoulish classics, including Thriller by Michael Jackson, Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley, Iron Man by Black Sabbath, and Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters by Weird Al Yankovic.

Fright Light will also be shown at 8 & 9 p.m. during the Spooky Salsa event on October 20 and is included in event admission. The Halloween laser show will be offered at 3, 4 & 5 p.m. on October 31 along with fun, Halloween activities in front of the museum and in the atrium.

NOTE: All regularly-scheduled 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. planetarium programs will be preempted by the laser shows listed above October 21 – November 3 along with the 3 p.m. show on October 31.

Friday, October 20th from 7pm - 11pm
Live salsa music by Son Como Son, laser shows in our planetarium, all exhibits open including our latest exhibit, Wild Music.

Dance lesson @ 6 – 6:45pm for a suggested donation of $5. Please arrive 15minutes early. Live music will begin at 7:00pm.
Salsa Lessons by Dance Instructor, Karim Armazanduk    
Food Service-La Mexicana Restaurant
Bar Service-Cooperage (no ATM on site)
Chocolate goodies,  By La Sweet Fountain
Adults only (21+)

Tickets $20 in advance,  $25 @ the door on 10/20

Purchase tickets here.

NatureScapes 2017: WATER

Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the photographers who participated in our annual photo competition, NatureScapes. This year, the theme was WATER and photographers explored the entire state to find water everywhere. We received nearly 100 entries and the judges were able to select thirty photos that show water in many different forms and interpretations.

Prizes will be awarded on Saturday, October 21st, 10-11am, during the exhibit opening and members preview.

Photographs will be displayed from October 21st, 2017 to January 19th, 2018. 


First Place: Virga (Cliff Wood)

Second Place: Sun Sets Over the Waters of Navajo Lake ( Michael Shaw)

Honorable Mention: Frog (Noreen O’Brien)


Student Winners:

First Place: Parched (Colin Ross)               

Second Place: A Little Buggie (Axel Smith)

Honorable Mention: Thirsty Ants (Leo Unzicker)


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.

Upcoming Events

October 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

An evening event for adults at the Museum!

October 21, 2017 - 11:00am

Hear a mythological legend told with laser-light animation.

October 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

Celebrate Halloween with a fun, spooky laser show in the planetarium.

October 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

Enjoy immortal music from the Beatles choreographed to laser light.

October 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

Enjoy this immortal album from Pink Floyd choreographed to laser light.