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March 13, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – New Mexico school students have a rare opportunity to explore their own genius by creating a video showcasing the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) into their education.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) is hosting a video contest entitled, Da Vinci—The Genius in Me: Solutions for a Better Tomorrow for students in grades 4-12.  Prizes will be awarded for different age categories (grades 4-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12).

“We’re looking for individuals, small groups and classrooms to show us their creativity, innovation, and genius of New Mexico STEAM students,” said Margie Marino, director of the NMMNHS. “Thousands of New Mexico students are currently being given the opportunity to experience the Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition – and are becoming aware, perhaps... Read More...

February 22, 2018

(Albuquerque, N.M.) – From the Vitruvian Man to his study of a woman’s hands, Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings of the human body are among his most famous works. Lesser known are his wing-based flight inventions and drawings of horses in motion for sculptures and murals. As part of the current exhibition Da Vinci—The Genius, find out what can still be learned from these works as the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science focuses on da Vinci’s anatomical drawings during $5 First Friday March 2 from 5:30 – 9 p.m.

The Museum will join with Central New Mexico Community College instructors and students, Dr. Mamie Chan of ABQ Eye Care, Lakeshore Learning, and  DaVita Medical Group to provide engaging activities for all ages to learn about anatomy. Tables will be set up throughout the Atrium, Naturalist Center and Da Vinci--The Genius for visitors to... Read More...

February 2, 2018

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) is announcing the topic for this the 2018 NatureScapes Annual Photo competition – Clouds.

Photographs can be submitted to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in August 2018.         

“Photographers can turn their focus skyward for submissions this year,” said Ayesha Burdett, Bioscience Curator. “We are big sky country with legendary sunrises, sunsets and cloud formations, so this year’s competition will undoubtedly be a visual feast.”

Each year the NatureScapes gallery sponsors a photo contest encouraging contestants to examine and understand the New Mexico’s natural beauty. This year’s theme, “Clouds” invites photographers to explore and re-discover the nature in the sky.  This year’s winning photographs will be hang in the gallery from October 20 through January 19, 2019.

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February 2, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) – In conjunction with the world-class Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science from February 10 through July 29, 2018, the museum is hosting many da Vinci-related events. The events include $5 First Fridays, adult party nights, lectures, and panel discussions.

On the first Friday of each month, the Museum offers themed $5 First Fridays

The $22 da Vinci exhibition admission will be discounted by $5 during the evening activities held from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. During Da Vinci—The Genius, each night focuses on a different area of the exhibition.

  • February 2: Preparing for da Vinci | Preview fun activities available at events during the exhibition.
  • March. 2: da Vinci & Anatomy | Anatomy... Read More...
January 26, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) –  Evidence for water-deposited sedimentary rocks discovered on Mars by the NASA Rovers, and small iron concretions called ‘blueberries’ found on the Red Planet, will be discussed by University of Utah professor, Marjorie A. Chan, Ph.D.  She will also discuss the water-deposited sedimentary rocks that occur here in New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest.

The lecture is Wednesday January 31 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the museum.  General admission tickets for the lecture are $7, ($6 members, $4 students).  Purchase lecture tickets at or (if seats are available) at the door. Doors open at 5:45pm at the Museum located at 1801 Mountain Rd NW just east of Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque.

Visitors to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science can experience what it is like to steer the Mars Rover at the Mars Rover Exhibition.

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January 25, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) – Da Vinci—The Genius opens at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science two weeks from today at 9am on Saturday, February 10, 2018.  This world class exhibition from Grande Exhibitions remains on display at the Museum daily from 9am-5pm through July 29, 2018. 

Da Vinci – The Genius demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. Guests will enjoy many unique pieces including life-size machine inventions, entertaining animations of da Vinci’s most notable Renaissance works and an eye-opening, in-depth analysis of his most famous piece, “Mona Lisa.” Visitors will be able to push, pull, crank and interact with many of these exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them.

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January 16, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) – In the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 31, a rare astronomical concurrence of events will include a full moon, a Supermoon and a Blue Moon that will be totally eclipsed! Early risers can experience this phenomenon at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science early that morning from 5 – 7 a.m. (weather permitting)

The phrase ‘Blue Moon’ has nothing to do with the color of the moon. The term is used to describe a second full moon during the same month. This ‘Blue Moon’ will turn red, which is what happens when there’s a total lunar eclipse.

This is a rare astronomical event: the last Blue Moon total eclipse was in 1866 and the next one will be in 2028. Enhancing the phenomenon will be the fact this is also a Supermoon, where the moon is as close to the Earth as it gets. The next time all of the same elements come together will be in 2037.

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January 9, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) – In anticipation of the February 10 opening of a blockbuster exhibition about Leonardo da Vinci, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is offering enjoyable family activities to introduce visitors to this well-known Renaissance artist, inventor, engineer, scientist, naturalist, and life-long learner. This orientation to the topics that will be covered in the upcoming exhibition will give each family member an opportunity to discover their own muse and interests through the eyes of one of the greatest minds of the last five hundred years.

The evening will include hands-on activities, as well as information regarding future programs and the exhibition itself, tips for visiting the exhibition with different ages, and sources for more study and reading so that families will get the most out of their visiting experience.

Also during the $5 First Friday event on February 2, find out how to save  half-off admission to the... Read More...

December 26, 2017

(Albuquerque, NM) – There is an astronomical trifecta happening January 31 – a Super Blue Moon Eclipse. On that morning, the moon will be full and is both a Super Moon and Blue Moon and it will also be totally eclipsed!  During the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s $5 First Friday event on January 5 there will be a preview event of this astronomical phenomenon convergence.     

Each First Friday, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is open in the evening and focuses on a topic in science.  During this $5 First Friday, museum patrons will learn all about the lunar coincidence happening in the sky on the morning of January 31 before sunrise.  The motions of the moon and Earth will come together for this very unusual lunar event, and all will be explained so that you can prepare, enjoy, and understand what is happening.  The museum will also have telescopes available to see the eclipse... Read More...

November 30, 2017

 (Albuquerque, NM) -- A 245 million-year-old fossil horseshoe crab recently discovered in Idaho has been named Vaderlimulus because the animal’s shield head resembles the helmet worn by Darth Vader from the Star Wars film series. Paleontologists from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque (Allan J Lerner, Spencer G. Lucas) and the University of Colorado at Denver (Martin Lockley) just published a scientific article describing the extinct fossil horseshoe crab. Their findings were published in the latest issue of the German paleontological journal Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, which is the world’s oldest paleontological journal.

Vaderlimulus is the first North American fossil horseshoe crab from rocks of the Triassic Period. The Triassic was the first period of the Mesozoic Era (252 to 201 million years ago). Dinosaurs and mammals were... Read More...

November 30, 2017

(Albuquerque, NM) –  It is now easier for amateur explorers to find and identify treasures in our state or where they live, thanks to a new book written by New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science  Educator Michael Sanchez.

The book, entitled “Natural History Collector: Hunt, Discover, Learn!”  is full of expert tips on how to start, catalogue, care for and display your collections. Sections focus on: rocks and minerals; animal and bird tracks; seashells, fossils, insects, and plants.  The book targets elementary through mid-school students.  Each segment of Natural History Collector offers guidance on where to look for objects and what to look for.  Each section includes a specific project like growing your own crystals, collecting rocks and minerals by region, making casts of animal tracks, pinning insects, drying, pressing and mounting plants. 

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November 26, 2017

(Albuquerque, NM) -- The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will be filled with musical sounds on the evening of December 8.  Live musicians will perform in the final event associated with the museum’s current exhibition Wild Music: Songs & Sounds of Nature.Two groups will be sending joyous music throughout the museum.  The Young Musicians Initiative (YMI) will perform at 6 p.m. and de Profundis, an acapella men’s group, will sing at 8 p.m. in the atrium.

The Young Musicians Initiative utilizes music to help strengthen communities, schools and families with goals of keeping kids in school and providing incentives to learn.  De Profundis is celebrating their 24th season of sharing “the warm silken sounds of male voices in harmony.” 

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October 29, 2013


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