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November 19, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Division (SAMHSA) of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration will reimburse transportation costs for student field trips to the upcoming exhibition Drugs: Costs & Consequences: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. The exhibition will be available for tours beginning Jan. 26, 2019, and will continue through Fall of 2019.

“We want as many New Mexico middle & high school students as possible to see this eye-opening exhibition about the devastating costs of addiction in the hope that this experience will prevent future drug use, encourage drug users to seek help, and ultimately prevent future deaths from drug abuse,” said Margie Marino, Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS). “As engaged community partners, we are presenting this exhibition to... Read More...

November 15, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) - Travel back to the sights and sounds of immortal musical groups, brought to life in laser light! Laser and planetarium projectors will fill the dome with choreographed light, allowing the music and images to envelope the audience. More than a million laser-generated hues and colors poetically express each timeless track. Laser concerts will light up the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Planetarium December 14 - 21.

“We are only able to bring laser concerts to the planetarium once a year, and this time we’re especially excited to have the shows during the holidays and be able to present laser images with a live band,” said Jim Greenhouse, the Museum’s Space Science Director.

For a few select evenings only, songs from the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Rush will be featured in dedicated shows along with compilation productions with tracks from classic rock, pop, and alternative bands. Two albums... Read More...

November 15, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- An historic plant-eating reptile fossil discovery near Alamogordo, New Mexico rewrites the known evolutionary timeline.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) announces the discovery of Gordodon, a new sail-backed reptile based on an incomplete skeleton found in Permian age (about 300 million years old) rocks near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The unique structure of the skull, jaws and teeth of Gordodon indicate it was a surprisingly specialized plant eater (herbivore). Previously, such specialized plant eating was not known in reptiles older than about 200 million years.

Gordodon rewrites the books by pushing back our understanding of the evolution of such specialized herbivory by about 100 million years,” said Spencer Lucas, Ph.D. Palentology Curator at the NMMNHS.

The fossil was discovered in a roadcut near Alamogordo by Ethan Schuth, while on a University of Oklahoma... Read More...

November 8, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) NASA exploration landings on Mars are always exciting events, and the next one will touchdown on November 26, 2018. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will host a landing party that day from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn about the latest mission to study the interior of Mars during a live NASA broadcast. Mars-related hands-on activities, videos, and local solar system experts will also be available.

Mars InSight will arrive on Mars at around 1 p.m. MST on November 26. The lander will plunge through the thin Martian atmosphere, heatshield first, and land on the smooth plains of Elysium Planitia. The entry, descent, and landing sequence break down into three parts:

  • Entry - The spacecraft is controlled by small rockets during descent through the Martian atmosphere, toward the surface.
  • Parachute Descent - The InSight spacecraft slows by a large parachute, jettisons its... Read More...
November 1, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico ) – Between now and the end of January there are several major space science events, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is the place to experience them.

InSight landing on Mars Monday, November 26 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn about the landing of the latest mission to study the surface of Mars during a live NASA broadcast. Mars-related hands-on activities and videos available

Planetarium Laser Shows - Friday through Friday, December 14 – 21, Experience Holiday toons and classic rock concerts choreographed to laser-light images. The band Pink Freud will perform Pink Floyd songs live along with the laser on December 15.

New Horizons Encounters Ultima Thule - Wednesday, January 2, | [time TBA by NASA].  The New Horizons spacecraft will pass one more Kuiper Belt object on its way to deep space. Thirteen years outbound from Earth and a... Read More...

October 11, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) – When the kids are off school for the holiday break, keep the learning going by signing them up for one of the day-long Young Explorers Winter Camps at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. The camps start December 26 and run through January 4. All camps are for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th.

“There is something engaging and educational offered in each one of these well-crafted Winter Camp modules,” said the Museum Executive Director Margie Marino. “This year we have classes in Grey Matter – what’s going on inside your brain, and Brain Games —in anticipation of next year’s, The Brain: The Inside Story exhibition opening in February. The kids can take a class with topics that range from dinosaurs to space.“

The Winter Camps run from 9:00AM-4:00PM. There is a day care option also for students until 5:00PM. Price per camp (per day): $85.... Read More...

October 11, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – An impressive panel of federal and local law enforcement, state agencies, justice, school system, medical fields, behavioral health, addiction and aftercare treatment organizations, faith-based groups, involved community sponsors like Blake’s LotaBurger, and a representative of the funeral industry have joined forces with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) to ensure effective community outreach and involvement to maximize the impact of an upcoming exhibition entitled Drugs: Costs and Consequences Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause.

Between 2012-2016, 2,465 people died in New Mexico from drug overdose; 86% of those overdose deaths were unintentional, and 60% of the unintentional drug overdose deaths were caused by prescription drugs. (Source: New Mexico Department of Health Substance Abuse Epidemiology... Read More...

October 4, 2018

(Albuquerque, NM) –  Don’t let the kids have all the fun this Halloween. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science celebrates the spooky season with a costume dance party for adults and a special showing of “Beetlejuice” on in the Dynatheater on the 30th anniversary of the film’s release.

Plan your costume and get set for a Costume Dance party for Adults  Friday, Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. This is an Adults only 21+ event, featuring a costume contest, spooky planetarium show, DJ and dancing in the atrium.

The cash bar will be provided by Left Turn Distilling, and there will be food truck delights available for purchase. (No ATM on-site.)  Tickets are available online at constant contact for

$25 regular tickets, $20 museum members/students get your tickets here .... Read More...

October 3, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) --- The photos are in, the judging is complete, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is announcing the winners of this year’s Naturescapes photo competition. This year, the theme was CLOUDS and photographers explored the entire state to find clouds everywhereed 142 entries. Of those, the competition judges were able to select 30 photos that show clouds in many different forms and interpretations.

Prizes will be awarded on Saturday, October 20th, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m, during the exhibit opening and members preview.

The winning 2018 NatureScapes photographs will be displayed from October 20th, 2018 through January 27th, 2019. 

These are this year’s winners:

  • First Place: Aguirre Spring (Tim Funk)
  • Second Place: Hideaway (Max Woltman)
  • Honorable Mention: Watching the Moon Rise (Paul Zeigler)

Student Winners:     ...

October 2, 2018

A world-class repository for fossils, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s latest exhibition Back to Bones: New Mexico’s Links to the Past featuring rarely seen specimens from the permanent collection is on display to greet the 78th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Albuquerque Oct. 17-20, 2018.

The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) is an international organization of scientists and other people interested in the study of fossils of animals with backbones (see... Read More...

September 26, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Almost 800 people learned the latest information about Pluto and the New Horizon mission during PlutoPalooza hosted by the museum Sept. 21 & 22. The scientists and engineers from NASA have left, but the informational handouts, hands-on activities, and videos they brought will be used once more for the $5 First Friday event October 5, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

The whole museum is open late on the first Friday evening of each month. Starting at 5:30 p.m., admission to the museum’s permanent exhibits is $5 per person, a $3 savings off the usual adult price.

NASA Solar System ambassador John Brandt will have a table display where he can answer questions about the dwarf planet and its comparatively large moon Charon. There will also be several fun and educational hands-on activities and videos to enjoy.  More information about the New Horizons probe can be found here: ... Read More...

September 25, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico ) – The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is joining forces once again with the Rotary Club of Albuquerque hosting the third annual Literacy Event from Noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 4. As the first Sunday in November, admission is free to New Mexico residents.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy hand-on literacy-based activities which include story times, puppet shows, science related arts & crafts opportunities, a family science workshop, community organizations – including Explora! & Public Library, and complimentary books for children.

“This is an exciting opportunity to support and promote literacy in our community and continues our wonderful relationship with the Rotary Club of Albuquerque,” said Margie Marino, Director the the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS). “Together with our Rotary Club partners, we welcome public donations of new or gently used books... Read More...

September 19, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Fundraising efforts are underway to bring New Mexico’s Bisti Beast home in a new life-size electrifying form. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) is raising funds to purchase a robotic, animated Bisti Beast to be a key attraction at the museum. The tale of this animatronic dinosaur stretches from Albuquerque to Japan and back.

An early relative of Tyrannosaurus rex, the Bisti Beast fossil was discovered in 1997, and excavated in 1998 from the Bisti/De-na-zin Wilderness in the Four Corners of New Mexico by NMMNHS paleontologist Dr. Thomas Williamson, Ph.D. In 2010, Dr. Williamson wrote a paper with Thomas Carr which described this amazing find and named the Bisti Beast (Bistahieversor). This research caught the attention of researchers at the Fukui Prefectory Museum in Fukui Japan.

Japanese representatives were eager to acquire some of the fossils for a temporary exhibition that was... Read More...

August 27, 2018

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Mark your calendar for a night of drinking and dancing with the dinosaurs at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Saturday, September 8, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

“Last year’s dance at the museum was a big hit so we decided to do it again!” said Margie Marino, Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS). “This is your chance to come dance the night away with Stan, our T-Rex.”

The night will feature a large dance area where no partner is needed to boogie to a music mix from DJ Frank that includes Swing, Country, Latin and Ballroom.

Work up an appetite and try the food truck offerings of Black Iron Catering Co.

This is a 21+ event, ID is required. It features a cash bar with craft beers and specialty cocktails from Left Turn Distilling. Cash bar and food truck (no ATM on site.)  

Tickets are $10 per person. Advance...

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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