The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Observatory 

Observatory Photo

The museum's observatory, located on the second floor adjacent to the temporary exhibit gallery, is Albuquerque’s window on the galaxy! Our 16" Meade LX200 is the largest telescope in the state which is open to the public.

Solar Observing

Safe views of the sun are provided by members of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society as a volunteer program at the museum.  Please note that observing provided in front of or near the museum is free and programs using the observatory are included in museum or planetarium admission.  Find out the schedule of upcoming opportunities on The Albuquerque Astronomical Society solar calendar.  Look for events that take place at "NMMNHS" or "NM Museum of Natural History."

Lunar Mondays

Join members of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society in studying the moon and other sky objects. Each month focuses on a different lunar feature. Admission is by donation.  Upcoming dates:

April 27, May 25, June 29, July 27, August 24, September 21 & October 19 | 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.


Please note that the observatory is closed and any events are cancelled in the event of cloudy skies.  Please plan accordingly.

Photo Credit: Asis Carlos