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April 23, 2018

A new exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) explores different ways that biological research specimens have been used by scientists.

With more than 100,000 specimens in the Museum’s collections, most are rarely seen by the public. The Discover Mammals exhibit showcases a few of the museum’s specimens from the Bioscience Collection.

“It’s wonderful to bring out a few of our specimens and share them with the public. It’s a small peek at what we preserve in our collections,” said Ayesha Burdett, Director of Collections and Research. “Visitors will learn about the “library of biodiversity” that is stored in our Bioscience collection. The mammals tell us about some important scientific concepts.”

The Museum collaborated with two partners at University of New Mexico (UNM) on the mammal project: the Museum Studies program and the Museum of... Read More...

April 18, 2018

Join us Thursday, April 26 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science to experience how groundwater is being monitored across the state and to hear how decision makers and collaborators are moving to protect New Mexico’s groundwater future. Keynote speakers will include Senator Mimi Stewart, Senator Howie Morales and Representative Gail Armstrong.

This year in New Mexico, the entire state faces drier than average conditions. We often turn to pumping groundwater to supplement our water needs in times like these, but groundwater is a finite resource, and parts of our state are already facing serious groundwater shortages. As a state, we need more groundwater monitoring in place to track the impacts of drought on our groundwater resources to protect our groundwater for the future.

In response to this, a private and publicly funded effort with the Healy Foundation and the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral... Read More...

April 16, 2018

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s next First Friday event jointly celebrates the launch of the next Mars landing mission and “Star Wars” day. (May the 4th be with you!) During May 4th’s First Friday, patrons will be able to learn about and imagine space exploration and defense. Those visitors who take advantage of discounted prices to see Da Vinci—The Genius that night can also study how Leonardo da Vinci envisioned the future of military operations over 500 years ago.

“We’re very excited to bring aspects of ‘Stars’ and ‘Wars’ together in one exciting evening at the museum,” said Jim Greenhouse, the museum’s space science director. “Fans of science fiction and science fact won’t want to miss this event!”

On May 4 from 5:30 – 9 p.m., admission to Da Vinci—The Genius is discounted by $5... Read More...

April 12, 2018

Registration is now open for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Sciences summer camp programs. The camps are for grades K-5 as indicated. Kindergarteners must have experiences in full-day classes before attending. 

  • Young Explores Camp: Wild Weather & Curious Climatology, June 18-22 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)– Become a meteorologist for a week - adventure through lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and winter storms. K-2 & 3-5 sections;
  • Da Vinci – From Parachutes to Outer Space, June 25-29 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) - Explore and create inventions, ponder what Leo would have thought about the planets & try your hand at various flying machines. K-2 & 3-5 sections;
  • Da Vinci II – From Water to Bats to Rocks, July 9-13 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) – Da Vinci spent much of his notebook space drawing and learning about the world and then devising fantastical inventions. K- 2 & 3-5 sections;
  • Water is Wonderful - Water is...
April 10, 2018

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is announcing new hours for showings at the museum’s Planetarium and the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater effectively immediately.

The Lockheed Martin DynaTheater show times are now:

  • 10am National Parks Adventure
  • 11am Humpback Whales
  • 12pm National Parks Adventure
  • 1pm Galapagos
  • 2pm National Parks Adventure
  • 3pm Humpback Whales
  • 4pm Galapagos

The Planetarium show times are now:

  • 11 am - The Little Star that Could
  • 12 pm - To Space and Back
  • 2 pm - Enchanted Skies
  • 3 pm - Earth, Moon, and Sun
  • 4 pm - Black Holes

Both the Planetarium and the DynaTheater are located inside the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque NM, 87104. For information on tickets and showtimes at the Planetarium visit:... Read More...

April 5, 2018

(ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO) -- MacGillivray Freeman Film’s National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness.

Moviegoers will soar over red rock canyons, hurtle down steep mountain peaks and explore other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor places. Along the way, the film becomes at once an action-packed celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service and a soulful reflection on what wilderness means to us all.

National Parks Adventure captures the stunning beauty of our wild places and reminds us these landscapes are an essential part of the human spirit,” states narrator and Academy Award® winner Robert Redford.

Filmed in more than 30 national parks across the country, this immersive film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres follows... Read More...

March 26, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) has joined the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources in a statewide collaborative groundwater monitoring network. The Museum will host one of the many monitoring locations for the project and serve as an important educational outlet.

Water shortages have been commonplace in communities across New Mexico over the past several years and the state lacks sufficient groundwater level measurements for many regions. In an effort to protect the groundwater resource, this new community-oriented program aims to reach out specifically to farmers, ranchers and well owners, as well as municipalities to share data and information.

The Our Groundwater Future project will be launched Monday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the NMMNHS’s Kiwanis Learning Garden. The project goal is to work with well owners and operators in rural communities to inform and train... Read More...

March 26, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) - Dress as a Renaissance character, learn crafts and dances from the period, and party the night away! Tickets are now on sale for the Reliving the Renaissance, a themed-costume adult dance party in conjunction with the Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS). All exhibits will be open including Da Vinci—The Genius.

For this special Renaissance evening, the NMMNHS has joined forces with the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory, and the Society for Creative Anachronism. Reliving the Renaissance happens Friday, April 20, from 6-11 p.m. at the Museum.

This is a 21+ event featuring a cash bar, early music performance by Música Antigua de Albuquerque, followed by a DJ playing dance tunes. Patrons can participate in a dance lesson from... Read More...

March 15, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Unleash your imagination and curiosity and contemplate man’s ability to fly like the birds. As part of the current, temporary exhibition Da Vinci—The Genius at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, find out how Leonardo da Vinci’s illustrations and study of natural flight eventually lead to modern aircraft during the next First Friday, April 6, from 5:30 – 9 p.m.

During this special evening, the Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition will be discounted by $5, making the final admission charge: Adults $17, Seniors $15 & Children $10. Anyone wanting to see the permanent exhibits without da Vinci may purchase museum-only admission for only $5 per person, a $3 savings from the usual adult price.

Visitors to the museum will engage in hands-on activities and chat with experts on flight... Read More...

March 13, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – New Mexico school students have a rare opportunity to explore their own genius by creating a video showcasing the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) into their education.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) is hosting a video contest entitled, Da Vinci—The Genius in Me: Solutions for a Better Tomorrow for students in grades 4-12.  Prizes will be awarded for different age categories (grades 4-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12).

“We’re looking for individuals, small groups and classrooms to show us their creativity, innovation, and genius of New Mexico STEAM students,” said Margie Marino, director of the NMMNHS. “Thousands of New Mexico students are currently being given the opportunity to experience the Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition – and are becoming aware, perhaps... Read More...

February 22, 2018

(Albuquerque, N.M.) – From the Vitruvian Man to his study of a woman’s hands, Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings of the human body are among his most famous works. Lesser known are his wing-based flight inventions and drawings of horses in motion for sculptures and murals. As part of the current exhibition Da Vinci—The Genius, find out what can still be learned from these works as the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science focuses on da Vinci’s anatomical drawings during $5 First Friday March 2 from 5:30 – 9 p.m.

The Museum will join with Central New Mexico Community College instructors and students, Dr. Mamie Chan of ABQ Eye Care, Lakeshore Learning, and  DaVita Medical Group to provide engaging activities for all ages to learn about anatomy. Tables will be set up throughout the Atrium, Naturalist Center and Da Vinci--The Genius for visitors to... Read More...

February 2, 2018

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) is announcing the topic for this the 2018 NatureScapes Annual Photo competition – Clouds.

Photographs can be submitted to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in August 2018.         

“Photographers can turn their focus skyward for submissions this year,” said Ayesha Burdett, Bioscience Curator. “We are big sky country with legendary sunrises, sunsets and cloud formations, so this year’s competition will undoubtedly be a visual feast.”

Each year the NatureScapes gallery sponsors a photo contest encouraging contestants to examine and understand the New Mexico’s natural beauty. This year’s theme, “Clouds” invites photographers to explore and re-discover the nature in the sky.  This year’s winning photographs will be hang in the gallery from October 20 through January 19, 2019.

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February 2, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) – In conjunction with the world-class Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science from February 10 through July 29, 2018, the museum is hosting many da Vinci-related events. The events include $5 First Fridays, adult party nights, lectures, and panel discussions.

On the first Friday of each month, the Museum offers themed $5 First Fridays

The $22 da Vinci exhibition admission will be discounted by $5 during the evening activities held from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. During Da Vinci—The Genius, each night focuses on a different area of the exhibition.

  • February 2: Preparing for da Vinci | Preview fun activities available at events during the exhibition.
  • March. 2: da Vinci & Anatomy | Anatomy... Read More...
January 26, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) –  Evidence for water-deposited sedimentary rocks discovered on Mars by the NASA Rovers, and small iron concretions called ‘blueberries’ found on the Red Planet, will be discussed by University of Utah professor, Marjorie A. Chan, Ph.D.  She will also discuss the water-deposited sedimentary rocks that occur here in New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest.

The lecture is Wednesday January 31 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the museum.  General admission tickets for the lecture are $7, ($6 members, $4 students).  Purchase lecture tickets at or (if seats are available) at the door. Doors open at 5:45pm at the Museum located at 1801 Mountain Rd NW just east of Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque.

Visitors to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science can experience what it is like to steer the Mars Rover at the Mars Rover Exhibition.

For Mars Rover Updates:...

January 25, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) – Da Vinci—The Genius opens at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science two weeks from today at 9am on Saturday, February 10, 2018.  This world class exhibition from Grande Exhibitions remains on display at the Museum daily from 9am-5pm through July 29, 2018. 

Da Vinci – The Genius demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. Guests will enjoy many unique pieces including life-size machine inventions, entertaining animations of da Vinci’s most notable Renaissance works and an eye-opening, in-depth analysis of his most famous piece, “Mona Lisa.” Visitors will be able to push, pull, crank and interact with many of these exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them.

“This is the most comprehensive...

January 16, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) – In the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 31, a rare astronomical concurrence of events will include a full moon, a Supermoon and a Blue Moon that will be totally eclipsed! Early risers can experience this phenomenon at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science early that morning from 5 – 7 a.m. (weather permitting)

The phrase ‘Blue Moon’ has nothing to do with the color of the moon. The term is used to describe a second full moon during the same month. This ‘Blue Moon’ will turn red, which is what happens when there’s a total lunar eclipse.

This is a rare astronomical event: the last Blue Moon total eclipse was in 1866 and the next one will be in 2028. Enhancing the phenomenon will be the fact this is also a Supermoon, where the moon is as close to the Earth as it gets. The next time all of the same elements come together will be in 2037.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History...

January 9, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) – In anticipation of the February 10 opening of a blockbuster exhibition about Leonardo da Vinci, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is offering enjoyable family activities to introduce visitors to this well-known Renaissance artist, inventor, engineer, scientist, naturalist, and life-long learner. This orientation to the topics that will be covered in the upcoming exhibition will give each family member an opportunity to discover their own muse and interests through the eyes of one of the greatest minds of the last five hundred years.

The evening will include hands-on activities, as well as information regarding future programs and the exhibition itself, tips for visiting the exhibition with different ages, and sources for more study and reading so that families will get the most out of their visiting experience.

Also during the $5 First Friday event on February 2, find out how to save  half-off admission to the... Read More...

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