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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...

June 29, 2017

(Albuquerque, NM) –  String music, hands-on activities, and Albuquerque’s Poet Laureate will all be a part of the program at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s $5 First Friday scheduled for 5:30-9:00 p.m. on July 7.   

“We have these special admission nights to allow more New Mexicans, regardless of their situation, to be able to experience the vast resources this Museum offers,” commented Museum Director, Margie Marino in announcing July’s special admission nights.

“Everything in the Museum is open on our Five Dollar first Friday, July 7, including our new traveling exhibition Wild Music: Songs & Sounds of Life.”

The activities planned for July 7 include an area and supplies for visitors to make their own musical instruments. Then, Albuquerque’s reigning Poet Laureate Manuel Gonzalez will conduct the ... Read More...

June 19, 2017

For Immediate Release: June 19, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM) – Get ready to experience Asteroid Day for the first time at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.  From 5:30 – 10 p.m. on Friday, June 30, learn about asteroids, NASA’s mission to the asteroid belt, and what there is to know about asteroid impacts on Earth.

In the ViewSpace Theater, the museum will be streaming a special live broadcast of other Astronomy Day celebrations around the world.  Hear from astronomy experts about the nature of asteroids and how they influenced Earth’s history.  The video will continue throughout the day on June 30 during both the museum’s normal hours and also into the evening activities, but only while the broadcast is available.  Find out more at:

The evening will feature hands-on activities for the family starting at 5:30 p.m.  At... Read More...

June 19, 2017

Museum Announces NatureScapes 2017 Competition Topic: Water

For Immediate Release: June 19, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM) –  New Mexico shutterbugs can commence gathering images for the NatureScapes 2017 competition. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) announced this year’s contest topic is “Water”, a theme appropriate to our desert setting.  

NatureScapes is a yearly photo contest held by the Museum that encourages contestants to celebrate the nature of New Mexico through the art of the photography. Photographs are judged by local experts and prizes are supported by the NMMNHS Foundation. Each year, the Museum hangs 30 of the winning photographs.  Last year the number of submissions from   photographers across New Mexico nearly doubled compared to 2015.  Children are encouraged to participate with special prizes for students (under 18).

“The...

June 15, 2017

Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico Sneak Preview at Museums

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2017 (Santa Fe, NM) - Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico will hold special sneak previews followed by Q & A’s with Director Isaac Artenstein and Producer Paula Amar Schwartz at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Saturday June 24th at 7PM and on June 25th at 2PM at the New Mexico History Museum at the Palace of Governors in Santa Fe.  These special screenings will celebrate participants of this feature documentary and raise funds for the creation of an archive based on over 50 hours of recorded video to be housed with the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society.

Challah Rising in the Desert celebrates the history and people of New Mexico’... Read More...

June 14, 2017

 World’s First Cave Simulator at Museum One Day Only - June 25th

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM) – Grab a helmet and experience safe caving in the world’s first cave simulator, Sunday June 25th at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. CaveSim, a 60-foot, crawl-through electronic cave simulator with video game-type scoring, makes a one-day stop at the Museum. The cave simulator trailer will be parked outside the Museum in the morning, and pulls up and moves on that night.

“This is a safe caving experience for those of us who always wanted to explore caves, in addition to being great fun, it teaches conservation while exploring,” said Margie Marino, executive director of the Museum. “Sunday, June 25th is certainly a value-added day for families at the Museum because the Cave Simulator interactive exhibit and activities are included with regular museum... Read More...

June 13, 2017

 Museum Reopens 7 Days a Week for the Year of STEAM

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM) New Mexico’s most popular museum, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) will be open on Tuesdays effective June 24, 2017.  When this change takes effect, the Museum will be once again be open seven days a week from 9AM-5PM.

Special exhibits, and programs will feature science, music and art, as the Museum stresses the importance of creativity in developing new scientific ideas.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring the many resources of the Museum of Natural History & Science to New Mexicans and our visitors seven days a week,” said Margie Marino, NMMNHS executive director. “This underscores the support and commitment we are getting from the State to continue this Museum’s vital role in fostering STEAM education... Read More...

Birds of Paradise

January 12, 2015


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‘Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution’

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Welcomes Amazing National Geographic Exhibit


New Mexico's Newest Dinosaur!

September 24, 2014


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Come Meet New Mexico’s Newest Dinosaur at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science!

Laser Shows in the Planetarium!

June 30, 2014


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The Pink Floyd Laser Light Show is Back in the 505!

Laser Mania in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Planetarium



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