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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...

June 1, 2017

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM) -  Earth’s earliest primates dwelled in treetops, not on the ground, according to an analysis of a 62-million-year-old partial skeleton discovered in New Mexico — the oldest-known primate skeleton.

The skeleton was discovered in the San Juan Basin by Thomas Williamson, Curator of Paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, and his twin sons, Taylor and Ryan (pictured). The skeleton was discovered on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under permit.         

The study shows that Torrejonia, a small mammal from an extinct group of primates called plesiadapiforms, had skeletal features adapted to living in trees, such as flexible joints for climbing and clinging to branches. Previously, researchers had proposed that plesiadapiforms in Palaechthonidae, the family to which Torrejonia... Read More...

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...

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