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January 16, 2019

(Albuquerque, New Mexico ) -- During the $5 First Friday event February 1, the Museum welcomes you to fall in love … with science, that is!

Each first Friday evening of the month, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is open 5:30 – 9 p.m. with a special admission rate of $5 per person for the museum, which usually includes special displays on a topic in science. On this very special First Friday until 8 p.m., visit with experts at table displays about what made them fall in love with their particular discipline of science. From Space Science to Biology to Paleontology, we love them all! What science will be your sweetheart? From 6 – 8 p.m., enjoy some star gazing near the Museum’s front entrance, weather permitting. This event is perfect for the entire family and will feature kids activities and family fun.

The DynaTheater will be showing the film Volcanoes for an... Read More...

December 29, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico ) -- Another Supermoon Total Eclipse is coming to the skies over New Mexico Jan. 20, 2019. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s will open its doors from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. for visitors to fully appreciate the astronomical coincidence happening in the sky that evening after sunset (weather permitting).

A lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow and reflects its dark, red interior color. They don’t happen often because normally the moon moves slightly over or under the shadow when it’s on the far side of the Earth from the sun.  The next total lunar eclipse won’t happen until May 26, 2021, so this will be the last chance to experience this phenomenon for over two years. On Jan. 20, the moon will also be relatively close to the Earth while it’s full, which has recently become known as a Supermoon. The entire eclipse will be visible from New Mexico and... Read More...

December 19, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico ) -- On July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto, but its mission didn’t end there. On New Year’s Day, the probe will perform another flyby of a Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is closed on January 1, but will host an encounter party on January 2 from 12 – 3 p.m. Learn about the first mission to study the edges of our solar system with hands-on activities, videos, and local solar system experts.

Ultima Thule (which means "beyond the known world") is located in the outermost regions of the Solar System, outside the orbit of Neptune. In the early morning of January 1, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will fly by the object at a distance of 3500 km (2200 miles). At this time, Ultima Thule will be at a distance of almost 6.5 billion km (4 billion miles) from the Sun, making this the most distant planetary flyby that has yet been... Read More...

December 17, 2018

 (Albuquerque, New Mexico ) -- Another Super Moon Total Eclipse is coming to the skies over New Mexico on the evening of Jan. 20, 2019. That night the moon will be full and relatively close to the Earth, which in recent years has become known as a Super Moon, and it will also be totally eclipsed!  During the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s $5 First Friday event January 4 there will be a preview event of this astronomical convergence.     

Each first Friday evening of the month, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is open 5:30 – 9 p.m. with a special admission rate of $5 per person for the museum, which usually includes special displays on a topic in science.  There won’t be any eclipses to see during this First Friday, but visitors will learn all about the astronomical coincidence happening in the sky on the evening of Jan. 20 after sunset.  The motions of the moon and Earth... Read More...

December 6, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Palentologists are announcing a new dinosaur discovery in the southwest United States. Crittendenceratops krzyzanowskii is a new ceratopsid (horned) dinosaur from 73-million-year-old (Late Cretaceous) rocks in southern Arizona. It is one of the few dinosaurs named from Arizona.

Crittendenceratops krzyzanowskii was named by Sebastian Dalman, John-Paul Hodnett, Asher Lichtig and Spencer Lucas, Ph.D, in an article recently published in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science) Bulletin.

Dalman and Lichtig are Research Associates of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History &Science (NMMNHS), Lucas is a curator at NMMNHS, and Hodnett is a paleontologist employed by the Maryland-National Capital Parks Commission.

The name Crittendenceratops is for the Fort Crittenden Formation (the rock formation that yielded the dinosaur fossils) and Greek ceratops, which means horned face. The... Read More...

November 19, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Division (SAMHSA) of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration will reimburse transportation costs for student field trips to the upcoming exhibition Drugs: Costs & Consequences: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. The exhibition will be available for tours beginning Jan. 26, 2019, and will continue through Fall of 2019.

“We want as many New Mexico middle & high school students as possible to see this eye-opening exhibition about the devastating costs of addiction in the hope that this experience will prevent future drug use, encourage drug users to seek help, and ultimately prevent future deaths from drug abuse,” said Margie Marino, Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS). “As engaged community partners, we are presenting this exhibition to... Read More...

November 15, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) - 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. More than a million laser-generated hues and colors poetically express each timeless track. Laser concerts will light up the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Planetarium December 14 - 21.

“We are only able to bring laser concerts to the planetarium once a year, and this time we’re especially excited to have the shows during the holidays and be able to present laser images with a live band,” said Jim Greenhouse, the Museum’s Space Science Director.

For a few select evenings only, songs from the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Rush will be featured in dedicated shows along with compilation productions with tracks from classic rock, pop, and alternative bands. Two albums... Read More...

November 15, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- An historic plant-eating reptile fossil discovery near Alamogordo, New Mexico rewrites the known evolutionary timeline.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) announces the discovery of Gordodon, a new sail-backed reptile based on an incomplete skeleton found in Permian age (about 300 million years old) rocks near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The unique structure of the skull, jaws and teeth of Gordodon indicate it was a surprisingly specialized plant eater (herbivore). Previously, such specialized plant eating was not known in reptiles older than about 200 million years.

Gordodon rewrites the books by pushing back our understanding of the evolution of such specialized herbivory by about 100 million years,” said Spencer Lucas, Ph.D. Palentology Curator at the NMMNHS.

The fossil was discovered in a roadcut near Alamogordo by Ethan Schuth, while on a University of Oklahoma... Read More...

November 8, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) NASA exploration landings on Mars are always exciting events, and the next one will touchdown on November 26, 2018. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will host a landing party that day from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn about the latest mission to study the interior of Mars during a live NASA broadcast. Mars-related hands-on activities, videos, and local solar system experts will also be available.

Mars InSight will arrive on Mars at around 1 p.m. MST on November 26. The lander will plunge through the thin Martian atmosphere, heatshield first, and land on the smooth plains of Elysium Planitia. The entry, descent, and landing sequence break down into three parts:

  • Entry - The spacecraft is controlled by small rockets during descent through the Martian atmosphere, toward the surface.
  • Parachute Descent - The InSight spacecraft slows by a large parachute, jettisons its... Read More...
November 1, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico ) – Between now and the end of January there are several major space science events, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is the place to experience them.

InSight landing on Mars Monday, November 26 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn about the landing of the latest mission to study the surface of Mars during a live NASA broadcast. Mars-related hands-on activities and videos available

Planetarium Laser Shows - Friday through Friday, December 14 – 21, Experience Holiday toons and classic rock concerts choreographed to laser-light images. The band Pink Freud will perform Pink Floyd songs live along with the laser on December 15.

New Horizons Encounters Ultima Thule - Wednesday, January 2, | [time TBA by NASA].  The New Horizons spacecraft will pass one more Kuiper Belt object on its way to deep space. Thirteen years outbound from Earth and a... Read More...

October 11, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) – When the kids are off school for the holiday break, keep the learning going by signing them up for one of the day-long Young Explorers Winter Camps at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. The camps start December 26 and run through January 4. All camps are for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th.

“There is something engaging and educational offered in each one of these well-crafted Winter Camp modules,” said the Museum Executive Director Margie Marino. “This year we have classes in Grey Matter – what’s going on inside your brain, and Brain Games —in anticipation of next year’s, The Brain: The Inside Story exhibition opening in February. The kids can take a class with topics that range from dinosaurs to space.“

The Winter Camps run from 9:00AM-4:00PM. There is a day care option also for students until 5:00PM. Price per camp (per day): $85.... Read More...

October 11, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – An impressive panel of federal and local law enforcement, state agencies, justice, school system, medical fields, behavioral health, addiction and aftercare treatment organizations, faith-based groups, involved community sponsors like Blake’s LotaBurger, and a representative of the funeral industry have joined forces with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) to ensure effective community outreach and involvement to maximize the impact of an upcoming exhibition entitled Drugs: Costs and Consequences Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause.

Between 2012-2016, 2,465 people died in New Mexico from drug overdose; 86% of those overdose deaths were unintentional, and 60% of the unintentional drug overdose deaths were caused by prescription drugs. (Source: New Mexico Department of Health Substance Abuse Epidemiology... Read More...

October 4, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) –  Don’t let the kids have all the fun this Halloween. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science celebrates the spooky season with a costume dance party for adults and a special showing of “Beetlejuice” on in the Dynatheater on the 30th anniversary of the film’s release.

Plan your costume and get set for a Costume Dance party for Adults  Friday, Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. This is an Adults only 21+ event, featuring a costume contest, spooky planetarium show, DJ and dancing in the atrium.

The cash bar will be provided by Left Turn Distilling, and there will be food truck delights available for purchase. (No ATM on-site.)  Tickets are available online at constant contact for

$25 regular tickets, $20 museum members/students get your tickets here .... Read More...

October 3, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) --- The photos are in, the judging is complete, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is announcing the winners of this year’s Naturescapes photo competition. This year, the theme was CLOUDS and photographers explored the entire state to find clouds everywhereed 142 entries. Of those, the competition judges were able to select 30 photos that show clouds in many different forms and interpretations.

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

The winning 2018 NatureScapes photographs will be displayed from October 20th, 2018 through January 27th, 2019. 

These are this year’s winners:

  • First Place: Aguirre Spring (Tim Funk)
  • Second Place: Hideaway (Max Woltman)
  • Honorable Mention: Watching the Moon Rise (Paul Zeigler)

Student Winners:     ... Read More...

October 2, 2018

A world-class repository for fossils, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s latest exhibition Back to Bones: New Mexico’s Links to the Past featuring rarely seen specimens from the permanent collection is on display to greet the 78th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Albuquerque Oct. 17-20, 2018.

The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) is an international organization of scientists and other people interested in the study of fossils of animals with backbones (see... Read More...

SMNHC in Hagerman

October 29, 2013

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Contact: Randall Gann, Public Information Officer

505.252.6869 Email: randall.gann@state.nm.us

SANDIA MOUNTAIN NATURAL HISTORY CENTER BRINGS OUTDOOR LEARNING EXPERIENCE TO HAGERMAN KIDS

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