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October 14, 2017

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – With names like Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos, and a giant crater the size of the Valles Caldera, future maps of the planet Mars will contain a lot of names familiar to the people of New Mexico. Suggested by a member of the Mars Rover team based in New Mexico, the names are of cities and locales along the legendary El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and are being used to name features visited by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity during an important phase of its mission. 

“As part of mapping Mars’ surface, we name rocks and places investigated by the Opportunity rover to provide a convenient, easily remembered index. This helps in later more easily identifying and reviewing the data we are collecting along the planet’s traverses,” said Larry Crumpler, Ph.D., who has been part of the Mars Rover team for fifteen years, operating from his office inside the New Mexico... Read More...

October 6, 2017

(Albuquerque, NM) – Thousands of visitors and New Mexicans will be looking skyward this week at hot air balloons participating in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  Hot air balloon and aviation enthusiasts enjoying the enchanting vision of colorful balloons and special shapes will have another opportunity to study the origins of flight when the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science hosts Da Vinci—The Genius, by Grand Exhibitions from February 10 through July 29, 2018.

French brothers Joseph-Michel Montgolfier and Jacques-Etenne Montgolfier invented and successfully launched the very first the hot air balloon in 1783. The achievement elevated their father to nobility. Fully two centuries before the Montgolfier brothers’ achievement, aviation was, perhaps, the favorite subject of acclaimed Italian genius, Leonardo da Vinci’s many areas of study.

The possibility of people flying through the air...

October 6, 2017

(Albuquerque, NM) -- Make this a Halloween to remember for more than just candy and costumes!  Spend Halloween afternoon at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and indulge in a little Spooky Science!

This is an activity for the entire family.  From noon-4:30PM, there will be lots of spooky nature science activities in the Museum atrium. Build an alien landscape, observe snakes, spiders and creepy critters and distinguish fact from fantasy. 

Throughout the afternoon, at 3, 4 & 5:00PM, settle in for a fun, Halloween-themed laser in the Planetarium.  Entitled Fright Light, this show combines laser characters, beautiful abstract patterns, and music to 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... Read More...

October 6, 2017

For Immediate Release: October 12, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM) – New Mexico dinosaurs and other extinct reptiles drew huge crowds in Japan, during a yearlong three-city tour of the nation. During a collective 218 days on exhibition at the three venues, the exhibition drew more than 588,000 visitors.  

 “The Japanese we worked with combined cutting-edge robotics technology to create a mesmerizing, life-size reconstruction of the New Mexico dinosaur Bistahieversor that left me speechless,” said Thomas Williamson, Ph.D, Museum Curator for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

 Working with the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and the Yomiuri Shimbun (Newspaper), the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) loaned seven paleontological specimens and three casts to the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum as part of a traveling exhibition which ended earlier this month at a museum... Read More...

September 25, 2017

(Albuquerque, NM)The results are in, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) has announced the winners of the 2017 NatureScapes photo competition. Each year, NMMNHS choses a theme for the photo contest that encourages contestants to examine and understand New Mexico’s natural beauty. This year’s theme - “Water” - invited photographers to explore and re-discover nature throughout the state.  Winning photographs will hang in the gallery from October 21 through January 19, 2018.  

Appropriate to our desert environment, “Water” highlights the importance of water and encouraged participants to think broadly about the topic while remaining focused on natural areas across New Mexico. This year’s winners are:

  • First Place: Virga, Near Watrous, N.M., Cliff Wood
  • Second Place: Sun Sets Over the Waters of Navajo Lake, East Arm shore, Navajo Lake... Read More...
September 22, 2017

(Albuquerque, NM) – Why let kids have all the fun this Halloween? Grab your partner and plan a night of ‘Spooky Salsa’ at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Adult Halloween party Friday, October 20th.

Doors open for Spooky Salsa open at 5:45pm. There will be Salsa lessons by Dance Instructor Karim Armazanduk for $5 per person from 6-6:45pm. From 7:00pm through 11:00pm live music provided by the popular local Cuban-style salsa band, Son Como Son.

There will be a cash bar and food service. The Cooperage is providing bar service, La Mexican restaurant is serving food. And tempting, chocolate goodies come from La Sweet Fountain.

All museum exhibits open including the highly interactive traveling exhibition Wild Music, Songs & Sounds of Life. There will be laser shows in the Planetarium at 8:00pm & 9:00pm. Weather permitting, the Observatory will also be... Read More...

September 14, 2017

(Albuquerque, NM)— Just one month remains to see The Wonderful World of Opals at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.  This one-of-a-kind exhibit disbands after October 15.  It features cut and uncut stones from around the world, including Australia, Mexico, Ethiopia and Peru and a one-of-a-kind rough opal specimen from Australia that weighs over 160 pounds. The exhibit includes set opal jewels from guest curator Katherine Jetter’s own collection. The Australian born, Santa Fe based internationally recognized jewel designer is a GIA graduate gemologist and a leading expert in the opal industry for more than a decade.

"This exceptional collection of opals was curated for this one-time only exhibit by a world leader in the opal industry,” said Margie Marino, director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. “The Museum is grateful to all the miners and collectors who generously loaned their... Read More...

August 29, 2017

(Albuquerque, NM) --- The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has opened a new, one-of-a-kind exhibition about NASA’s Dawn space probe and the amazing discoveries it has made during its 10-year journey through the solar system. This temporary addition to the space science area will be available through mid-2018.

 Dawn traveled to and explored Ceres and Vesta, the largest objects in the main asteroid belt, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The data and images acquired by Dawn transformed these ancient bodies from fuzzy patches of light into geologic worlds.

Large, detailed wall panels tell the story of how the solar system formed and highlight key features of the main asteroid belt. Photographs, maps, and 3D images provide a spectacular, up-close look at Vesta and Ceres. A video monitor shows computer animations made from data acquired by Dawn’s instruments. A scale model of the spacecraft can be studied... Read More...

August 28, 2017

(Albuquerque, NM)The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) was selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) administered by the American Alliance of Museums. Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower NMMNHS to better serve the citizens of New Mexico by facilitating its meeting and exceeding the highest professional standards of the museum field.

The museum’s participation is made possible through funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). MAP helps museums strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet standards through self-study and a consultative site visit from an expert peer reviewer.

The NMMNHS has chosen to do a MAP Collections Stewardship assessment in order to streamline policies and procedures used in the NMMNHS Collections to ensure the long-term care of specimens,... Read More...

August 15, 2017

(Albuquerque, NM)—Researchers using Los Alamos’ unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done. The results add a new piece to the puzzle of how these bone-crushing top predators evolved over millions of years.

“Normally, we look at variety of thick, dense objects at Los Alamos for defense programs, but the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science was interested in imaging a very large fossil to learn about what’s inside,” said Ron Nelson, of the Laboratory’s Experimental Physical Sciences Division. Nelson was part of a team that included Los Alamos National Laboratory, the museum, the University of New Mexico and the University of Edinburgh. “It turns out that high energy neutrons are an interesting and unique way to image... Read More...

July 24, 2017

(Albuquerque, NM) --- On August 4, get ready for The Great American Eclipse at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) during $5 First Friday. On Monday, August 21, an eclipse of the sun can be seen across the entire United States. For most of the country, including New Mexico, the eclipse will be partial. This means only part of the sun’s surface will be blocked by the moon and there will be no point during which it will be safe to look at the sun without proper eye protection. The only place where it will be safe to view the sun directly will be a relatively narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina, and then only for a little over two minutes while the sun is totally eclipsed.

“We want New Mexico residents to learn about this solar eclipse and find out how to enjoy it safely,” said Jim Greenhouse, NMMNHS’s Space Science Director. The Museum is focusing on this exciting sky event during the next... Read More...

July 24, 2017

(Albuquerque, NM) - The National Science Foundation has awarded the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science a $101,125 grant to support research on early placental mammals and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) educational programs. The project, aims to shed light on how mammals fared after the Cretaceous extinction (K-Pg extinction), an event most famous for the demise of the non-avian dinosaurs. 

The Museums will partner with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Duquesne University, and Purdue University Northwest as well as international collaborators from the United Kingdom, China, and Brazil. 

The project aims to increase the understanding of the origins of placental mammals, the group of mammals that are dominant today. To accomplish this, the international team will be studying museum collections in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. The project will utilize the fossil mammals from the collections of... Read More...

July 11, 2017

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) hosts a special exhibition, Da Vinci - The Genius, February 10 through July 29, 2018. Da Vinci - The Genius was created by Grande Exhibitions with the assistance of Museo Leonardo da Vinci – Rome, and a number of experts in Italy and France to provide a truly authentic experience

 “The Museum has not hosted an exhibition of this scope since the blockbuster Titanic exhibition a few years ago,“ said Margie Marino, the Museum’s executive director in making the announcement to the Museum board of directors. “This is a world class exhibition that we anticipate will draw visitors from all over the United States.”

 Leonardo da Vinci was an uncommon talent at a very uncommon time: the Italian Renaissance. Born out of wedlock in the year 1452, Leonardo was forced by his modest... Read More...

SMNHC Travels to Farmington

September 26, 2013

Contact: Randall Gann, Public Information Officer


On the Origin of Feces

August 26, 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Alicia Borrego Pierce  505-264-5464

On the Origin of Feces

Dinosaur Discoverers: The Symposium

January 10, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Alicia Borrego Pierce 505-264-5464

Dinosaur Discoverers: The Symposium
Albuquerque, NM, January 9, 2013 - This January, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science will launch the first ever Dinosaur Discoverers Symposium!


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