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The Polar Express


This December, start a new family tradition at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Come see the holiday classic The Polar Express on the giant 5-story screen the DynaTheater. Children can come in their pajamas!

Upcoming Showings

11-30 -2018 @ 6:30pm  Doors open @ 5:30pm


12-01-2018 @ 6:30pm  Doors open @ 5:30pm 

12-08-2018 @ 6:30pm  Doors open @ 5:30pm 

12-14-2018 @ 6:30pm  Doors open @ 5:30pm


12-15-2018 @ 6:30pm  Doors open @ 5:30pm 

12-21-2018 @ 6:30pm  Doors open @ 5:30pm  

12-22-2018 @ 6:30pm  Doors open @ 5:30pm  

Christmas Eve Showing of Polar Express 

For the First time we are going to be showing a Special Christmas Eve showing of "Polar Express"! Monday December 24th @ 10:00am come in your PJ's and join us here at the Dynatheater to start a new family tradition. The doors open at 9:30am and concessions will be open to get yourself some treats. Have a Happy Holidays everyone! 

Christmas Eve Show 12-24-2018   @ 10:00am   doors open @ 9:30am


For a century after Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859, scientists could compare only physical features to describe evolutionary lineages. The picture that resulted was often illustrated as a Tree of Life.

 In 1953 James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA – the molecular basis of genes – and showed how they encode the instructions that determine the form of every organism. Now, decades later, powerful new technologies permit comparisons of DNA and RNA, yielding detailed, objective information on the evolutionary connections between organisms. This has led to development of a new, genetically based Tree of Life, which allows deeper insight into the evolution of species than their physical features alone.

But tracing the evolution of the billions of organisms and species that have existed on Earth over billions of years will be a never-ending process in which the Tree of Life itself will evolve continuously and, along the way, provide important clues to life’s origin.

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Operating since 1967, the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (SMNHC) serves approximately 14,000 people a year.  
Please Note: SMNHC trails, facilities, and parking lot are closed to public access except during special events or scheduled programs.  Visit our "Programs" tab to find out about public events or how to arrange a program with us.


The SMNHC staff consists of an eclectic blend of naturalists, biologists, historians, and public school teachers who all share a passion for the outdoors.  In addition to our full-time employees, we also maintain a dedicated volunteer base full of people with rich experiences and skills that further aid our mission.

Check out what is happening at NMMNH&S - from field trips, to tours, lectures and more.

How and why did life on Earth emerge? New research taking place around the globe-including here in New Mexico-suggests we are close to answering this question.

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