Public Engagement

Nights at the Museum

People typically go to a natural history museum twice in their lives, once when they are children, and again when they have children. The Public Engagement Team’s adult nights attract a diverse mix of visitors who fall somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. Our new signature event, the New Year’s Eve party, for example, recently brought more than 1200 people to the Museum, and the crowd was diverse in every way imaginable. It was truly a representation of the City of Albuquerque; there were people from 18-to-80, people from the Heights to the South Valley, and people in $1000 suits to thrift store bargains and cheap feather boas. They have been drawn to the Museum for adult-themed events where they can have a drink and perhaps dance to some live music in a very unique setting, but as they stroll through the exhibit halls, chat with curators in an informal setting, or even attend a planetarium show, something happens. It is quite common for adult night staff to have visitors tell them, “I forgot how amazing this place was,” or “I’ve never been here before, this is fun!” In other words, the adult nights bring the Museum’s mission of igniting a passion for lifelong learning to a whole new audience. 

March 28, 2014 April Fool's Night 6:30p.m. - 11:00p.m.
July 15, 2014

Family Summer Science Night

Dollar Night!

5:30p.m. - 9:30p.m.
October 24, 2014 Third Annual Fright Night 6:30p.m. - midnight
December 31, 2014 New Year's Eve 8:30p.m. - 1:00a.m.