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June 4, 2018

​As the 2017/2018 school year ends, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science reports, 191 separate groups from New Mexico public and private schools have toured the Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science since it opened February 10.

“All totaled, that’s about 18,650 students from all grade levels of public schools, private and charter schools and students who are home schooled,” said Margie Marino, Director of the the Museum of Natural History and Science. “These figures also reflect civic groups, like Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts. The age appeal for the Da Vinci exhibit contact is mostly attracting middle and high school aged groups from all around New Mexico.”

Da Vinci—The Genius remains on exhibition at the NMMNHS through July 29, 2018. Since it opened February 10, in addition to the school groups, more than... Read More...

May 31, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) --- Take to the dance floor and explore the depths of your artistic talent with a paintbrush and a glass of wine Friday night, June 15 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. The Museum is hosting Libations & Leonardo, a dance/paint party with artistic instructions provided by Albuquerque’s Kelly Jo Designs by Wine.

The Libations & Leonardo event is Friday, June 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Regular admission for the night is $25, and includes admission to Da Vinci—The Genius, access to the Museum’s regular exhibits, a cash bar, dancing in the atrium, and option drawing workshop, plus there will be a food truck onsite.

To purchase admission to the event (without the painting class) log onto the Museum website or follow this link: ... Read More...

May 16, 2018

Acclaimed author Michael J. Gelb will be the first speaker in a new lecture series being launched by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, entitled “The Brain: It’s More Than You Think.” Gelb will speak July 26, three days before the current blockbuster exhibition Da Vinci—The Genius closes July 29, and, in anticipation of two planned exhibitions coming in 2019. Coming in February 2019, the NMMNHS will host an exhibition from the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum called “Drugs: Costs and Consequence, Opening Eyes to the Damages Drugs Cause” as well as another traveling exhibit on the human brain entitled “Brain: The Inside Story.”

Among the many books written by Gelb, are How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, and Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age. “Michael Gelb’s lecture and topic matter are a perfect bridge between these important... Read More...

May 16, 2018

The next First Friday evening event at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science explores the technological genius of Leonardo da Vinci. On Friday evening, June 1, museum visitors who take advantage of discounted prices to see Da Vinci — The Genius can also study how Leonardo da Vinci envisioned the future of mechanical technology more than 500 years ago.

On June 1 from 5:30 – 9 p.m., admission to Da Vinci — The Genius is discounted by $5, making the final admission charge: Adults $17, Seniors $15 & Children $10. Admission to the museum’s permanent exhibits (excluding Da Vinci — The Genius), is $5 per person, a $3 savings off the usual adult price.

The June First Friday event at the Museum of Natural History & Science is part of the Old Town Countdown to Summer with many... Read More...

May 2, 2018

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) has received a generous grant of $5000 from New Mexico Humanities Council to support the Museum’s series of education programs called “Da Vinci Dialogues”. 

Da Vinci Dialogues illustrates the many facets of Leonardo’s genius as an artist, inventor, and scientist. The "Dialogues" consist of public lectures, panel discussions, and workshops that include various experts who present information that will spark questions and discussion from the audience.

The New Mexico Humanities Council is our state’s independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ayesha Burdett (NMMNHS Director of Collections and Research) and Jayne Aubele (NMMNHS Adult Programs Educator) are co-Project Directors. The grant will be administered through the NM Museum of Natural History Foundation.

“We are grateful to the NM Humanities Council for the support of our... Read More...

April 24, 2018

Amateur photographers participating in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) annual NatureScapes Photo Competition need to submit their entries to the museum by August 31. “Clouds” is the topic for this year’s NatureScapes competition.

“We want to remind all of our competing photographers to turn their focus skyward this year for images of clouds before NatureScapes competition deadline,” said Ayesha Burdett, Bioscience Curator. “With New Mexico’s big sky and legendary sunrises, sunsets and cloud formations, we’re fully expecting this year’s entries to be extraordinary.”

Each year, the NMMNHS sponsors the NatureScapes photo contest encouraging contestants to examine and understand New Mexico’s natural beauty. This year’s theme, “Clouds” invites photographers to explore and re-discover nature in the sky. This year’s winning photographs will be presented at... Read More...

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...

SMNHC Travels to Farmington

September 26, 2013

Contact: Randall Gann, Public Information Officer


On the Origin of Feces

August 26, 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Alicia Borrego Pierce  505-264-5464

On the Origin of Feces

Dinosaur Discoverers: The Symposium

January 10, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Alicia Borrego Pierce 505-264-5464

Dinosaur Discoverers: The Symposium
Albuquerque, NM, January 9, 2013 - This January, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science will launch the first ever Dinosaur Discoverers Symposium!


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