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February 25, 2021

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (MNHS) will close to the public beginning Friday, February 26, and will remain closed until Wednesday, March 17.

Earlier this week, four positive cases of COVID-19 were reported by staff members of the MNHS. In all cases, the virus was contracted outside the workplace.

In an abundance of caution, those working at MNHS since it reopened on February 17 are self-isolating for two weeks and have been asked to contact the New Mexico Department of Health if they experience any symptoms.

The highest priority of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is the health and safety of our visitors and staff, and we are taking every necessary precaution to prevent, manage, and mitigate the possibility of the virus spreading at one of our facilities. Staff and contractors at the facility are expected to utilize appropriate PPE and observe social distancing at all times.

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February 12, 2021

If you have been patiently waiting to once again learn about the dinosaurs, volcanos, and the unique natural and scientific heritage of New Mexico, then get ready.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS), a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), is excited to announce that it will safely reopen to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in accordance with COVID-safe practices and public health measures to protect the well-being of patrons. Located just north of Old Town in Albuquerque, the museum will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. NMMNHS visitation will be limited to 75 people at any one time.

When visitors return, they have another chance to check out “Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies,” a traveling exhibit that boasts New Mexico’s unique fossils and addresses how dinosaurs gave birth and raised their young. Other exhibitions available include “... Read More...

February 11, 2021

As the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission prepares to land on the surface of the Red Planet on Thursday, Feb. 18, introducing a new chapter in the search for evidence of life on other planets in our solar system, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) will be providing exclusive insights into this extraordinary journey from one of the Museum’s planetary geologists, who is also a science team member on Perseverance.

Back in November, Dr. Larry Crumpler, a volcanology and space sciences researcher at NMMNHS, was named to the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission team, following his ground-breaking work with the Mars Exploration Rover in 2003-18. The Perseverance Rover will explore an area on Mars that is interpreted to be an ancient river delta, and it will also select and prepare samples of Mars for return to Earth by a future mission. The Perseverance mission is scheduled to last nearly two years, however it will likely continue beyond that... Read More...

January 29, 2021

In celebration of Black History Month, during the month of February the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation are offering free online access to two physical science programs presented by Dr. Darryl Baynes, founder and president of MAEA (Minority Aviation Education Association) Interactive Science Programs. Both of these virtual programs are ideal for school-age children and young adults to enjoy a fun and inspiring overview of physics through the eyes of a master educator.

Initially founded to combat an under-representation of African Americans and women in STEM-based careers, for more than 25 years MAEA Interactive Science Programs has delighted students with entertaining hands-on experiments that explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Dr. Baynes earned his Ph.D. in education from Curtin University in Australia, his M.S. degree in chemistry and math from... Read More...

November 23, 2020

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...

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