In accordance with revised public health directives, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has closed its museums and historic sites until further notice. The safety and well-being of our employees and visitors is the DCA’s foremost concern. We appreciate your support and understanding. Please continue to visit this website for updates and to explore virtual visits, programs, and educational opportunities.
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The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (MNHS) is proud to announce that one of the museum’s very own geologists was among 13 scientists recently selected by NASA to the science team of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission. The new mission scientists will perform scientific investigations as part of the team operating the Perseverance rover when it lands on February 18, 2021. Dr. Larry Crumpler, a volcanology and space sciences researcher at the Museum was selected after a national and international search for science participants for the upcoming mission to the Red Planet.
The scientists selected are from universities and institutes around the world. MNHS is one of only two museums represented in this mission with the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. This means that MNHS will play a pivotal role in its second major NASA Mars rover mission and will be able to offer New Mexicans real-time information about the... Read More...
ALBUQUERQUE – The public has a unique opportunity to learn more about the natural history of New Mexico.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) has opened the door to more than 110,000 fossil and biological specimens. The Museum’s collection records are now publicly available through Arctos, a web-based database, thanks to an anonymous gift.
Arctos provides research-grade data to scientists and facilitates public access to the data and images. Users of the database can find out more about plant, animal, and fossil specimens of New Mexico without leaving home. Click the link here http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/search-collections/search-collections
A backyard naturalist could use Arctos to search the database to find detailed information about wildlife in the area. Visitors could also use the database to learn more about their favorite... Read More...
ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has announced the temporary cancellation of free admission for state residents on the first Sunday of the month, beginning on October 4, 2020.
This decision was made so that guests to the Museum can enjoy accessible areas of the museum in a safe manner while continuing to practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“We have been thrilled to see so many of our visitors return to the Museum. In fact, we have been close to reaching capacity on several occasions,” said Executive Director Margie Marino. “And while we regret that we have to suspend free admission on First Sunday, the potential for long lines to gain entry into the Museum and extended wait times to view our most popular attractions put the health and safety of visitors and staff at risk. Providing a safe and enjoyable environment is our highest priority.... Read More...