New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Dinosaur Statures
••• The entryway to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Courtesy New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is located in Albuquerque's "museum row," which also includes the Albuquerque Museum and the Explora Science Center next door. It's in the heart of Albuquerque, within walking distance of Old Town and the Sawmill neighborhood shops which include places like the Ponderosa Brewery.

The Natural History Museum is a great place to visit for adults as well as kids.

Kids love the dinosaurs and adults love learning about the planets and how the Microsoft company got its start in the city. The museum offers a wide variety of programs and educational camps that cover the natural sciences in the state. With a gift shop and hands on discovery room, it's no wonder the museum is the most visited cultural institution in the state.

Location:

1801 Mountain Road, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
(505) 841-2800

Hours and Admission:

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
FREE admission to New Mexico residents with ID on the first Sunday of every month, to both the museum and the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center.

New Mexico seniors age 60 and over receive free admission on Wednesdays (planetarium and Dynatheater charges still apply)>

Museum Admission
$7 adults 13 - 59
$6 seniors 60+
$4 children 3 - 12

What's Nearby:

Old Town
Explora Science Center
Rattlesnake Museum
Albuquerque Museum
Botanic Gardens
Aquarium

DynaTheater:

The five story screen in the DynaTheater features digital surround sound.
The DynaTheater also features the world's first 2D/3D system, so films come in regular format or enhanced 3D. With this system, there are no bad seats.
DynaTheater shows screen on the hour, the first at 10 a.m. and the last at 4 p.m., with two shows toggling alternate hours.

$10 Adults, 13 - 59
$8 Seniors, 60+
$6 Children, 3 - 12
Members get a 50% discount

Planetarium:

The planetarium offers three different shows about space, the night sky and a variety of astronomy topics. The digital system projects onto a domed theater for an immersive experience.
Shows are on the hour, beginning at 11 a.m., with the last show at 4 p.m.
The 11 a.m. show, Enchanted Skies, is an introduction to the stars in the heavens, and our solar system. The other two shows toggle on alternate hours.
$7 Adults, 13 - 59
$6 Seniors, 60+
$4 Children, 3 - 12
Ticket discounts are available to members, 30%.

Educational Programs:

The museum is known for its youth camps, and its summer programs fill up quickly. The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in the Sandia mountains partners with Albuquerque Public Schools to ensure all fifth graders visit the center to learn about the area's natural history. The center features a family hike or topic on the first Sunday of the month. Find out about botany, geology, and the science of the region.

What to Expect:

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science has over 250,000 annual visitors, making it the most visited cultural institution in the state. Located near Old Town on Albuquerque's museum row, the museum is across the street from the Explora Science Center and close to other museums.

The museum appeals to all ages, from an interactive discovery room for younger children to science related shows and exhibits for every other level of learning. Whether the interest is space, geology, or woolly mammoths, there is something for everyone.

You'll find:

  • An active volcano
  • An ancient ice age cave
  • A look at weather and earthquakes
  • An evolator elevator
  • Astronomy and our solar system
  • Startup, an interactive exhibit about the start of the computer age
  • Giant dinosaurs
  • Cretaceous era landscape with sea tanks
  • Movie on the comet impact on ancient dinosaurs
  • Interactive, hands-on natural history center with live animals

    The museum has premier informal science education programs, from volunteer opportunities to sleep ins and ongoing camps. Find out more about the museum at their website.

    Visit Old Town on a photo walking tour.