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May 24, 2017

“Wild Music” Exploring the Art and Science of Sound

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM) —The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) welcomes Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life, a highly interactive new exhibition exploring evidence for the biological origins of music. Whales compose, bullfrogs chorus, songbirds greet the dawn, and people everywhere sing and dance. Through environmental soundscapes, exhibits, and listening experiences, visitors are invited to explore nature’s score and expand their understanding of what makes music. The exhibition opens on June 24, 2017 and runs through January 7, 2018.

“From trumpeting swans to singing whales, nature is filled with music,” said Margie Marino, Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. “Wild Music allows visitors of all ages and abilities to hum, drum, and... Read More...

April 29, 2017

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2017 (Santa Fe, NM) – The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ (DCA) mobile museum Wonders on Wheels (WoW) hits the road this summer, offering New Mexicans a unique opportunity to experience the state’s rich prehistoric past without traveling to a museum.  The Mobile Museum will typically spend up to two weeks at a time in specific regions of the state.

WoW is a specially retrofitted 38-foot RV featuring 300 square feet of arts, culture, history, and science exhibits and curriculum based programming on wheels. The WoW mobile museum will bring specific exhibits curated from one of DCA’s eight state-run museums to public schools and libraries in communities throughout New Mexico. The curriculum is targeted toward fourth and fifth grade students.

“We are extremely happy and excited to launch the Wonder on Wheels ” said... Read More...

April 18, 2017

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM) -- Following a half-century of teaching the amazing world of natural history to New Mexico students, the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (SMNHC) celebrates its 50th anniversary on Thursday, April 27. The public is invited to the celebration to see students doing hands-on science such as tree identification bug catching and close habitat observation. A exhibit highlights the Natural History Center’s five decades, and includes an show of student artwork from APS Studets.“

“We approach the 50th anniversary with a true sense of pride in the Center’s long record of service educating hundreds of thousands of New Mexico students about our amazing natural world, and their role in conservation,” said Paul Mauermann, SMNHC director. “Each year about 15 thousand fifth graders from around the state learn about the beauty and interconnectedness of nature.”  ... Read More...

April 18, 2017

For Immediate Release: April 19, 2017 (Albuquerque., NM) – Revered and feared in folklore, owls are found throughout New Mexico. From open desert to mountain forest, these powerful hunters have evolved extraordinary senses to pinpoint their prey. For a limited engagement, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) reveals this world in the Owls in the Land of Enchantment exhibition from April 15 through September 25, 2017. Images featured in Owls in the Land of Enchantment were captured by local amateur photographer Dennis Dusenbery.

“Through the ages, people of all cultures have been mystified by owls,” said Margie Marino, Director of the NMMNHS, “This fascinating exhibition explores owl habitats, breeding and feeding habits. It features some specimens that are very old from the Natural History Museum’s Bioscience collection and on loan from the Bird Division at the Museum of... Read More...

April 13, 2017

Explore the Wonderful World of Opals During $5 First Friday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM)Explore the Wonderful World of Opals and other geological wonders at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) May 5th for a family-friendly First Friday evening at the museum. Offered four times per year, on the first Friday of select months, the entire museum opens in the evening at a reduced admission fee, focusing on one current scientific topic or activity with plenty of hands-on activities for families. Admission is $5 per person. Events take place at the Museum from 5:30pm-9:00pm

Opal is a mineraloid with a non-crystalline nature and one of the world’s most unique gemstones with a dazzling glow. Opal can feature a full rainbow spectrum of colors, often in the same stone, diffracting light, which highlights multiple colors often with a milky white to bluish black... Read More...

March 9, 2017

For Immediate Release:  March 9, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM)—Enrich your child’s summer this year with mind-expanding fun at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s (NMMNHS) popular Young Explorers Summer Camp program. Registration is now open for children from kindergarten through the eighth grade. Each Summer Camp session is one week long, with activities every weekday from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Each week is theme-based, with the first session beginning the week of June 12 and the last beginning the week of July 30.

NMMNHS has been offering science-based summer camps to elementary and middle-school students for more than 30 years. Every week has a fun, different scientific topic to choose from, and students interact with museum scientists, visit exhibits, go on field trips, and much more.

Summer Camp is conducted in NMMNHS education classrooms, Museum galleries, outside exhibit spaces, and sometimes on field trips. The... Read More...

February 14, 2017

For Immediate Release: February 7, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM)— In 1977, artist Anna Sofaer visited Chaco Canyon as a volunteer recording rock art. There she rediscovered the now-famous Sun Dagger site, a set of spiral petroglyphs marked by dagger-shaped light forms on the summer and winter solstices and at the spring and fall equinoxes. The site has inspired three decades of research through the non-profit Solstice Project, including new findings that will be presented in an evening lecture at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science on February 17, from 7:00-8:30pm.

“New Mexicans have a long history in space science,” said Jayne Aubele, Museum Educator and Planetary Geologist. “From the Sun Dagger to current Mars Missions, our people have been studying the sky for a thousand years. The story of archaeoastronomy in Chaco Canyon is an amazing part of this legacy."

Following an introduction by Paul Pino, former Lt...

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