In accordance with revised public health directives, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has closed its museums and historic sites until further notice. The safety and well-being of our employees and visitors is the DCA’s foremost concern. We appreciate your support and understanding. Please continue to visit this website for updates and to explore virtual visits, programs, and educational opportunities.
At the Museum
|Museum Admission Only||Combo Ticket (Museum + Planetarium)|
|Adults (13-59)||$8.00||Not available at this time|
|Seniors (60+)||$7.00||Not available at this time|
|Children (3-12)||$5.00||Not available at this time|
Museum Temporarily Closed
In accordance with revised public health directives, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has closed this museum and all of its museums and historic sites to the public until further notice. The safety and well-being of our employees and visitors is the DCA’s foremost concern. We appreciate your ongoing support and understanding. Please visit the education and science areas of our website for virtual visits, programs, and educational opportunities:
Even though the museum is unavailable, NatureWorks, the museum's gift shop, will continue to be open Thursday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Don't hesitate to do all your holiday shopping here and remember that all purchases support the museum's foundation.
Even More New Online Fractals
Thousands of fractal fans continue to enjoy the online programs presented May - July. A new fractal performance is scheduled to premiere on the museum's Facebook page on August 14. It will include fractal animations seen during the First Friday Fractal shows that have been presented for over 12 years in the planetarium, but there will be a few different ones from the online videos presented previously. Don't forget to set a reminder and check out other recent posts:
Goodbye Comet NEOWISE
Comet NEOWISE is moving higher and getting dimmer in the evening sky. It is closest to the Earth on July 23, but as it has gotten farther from the sun, it has also dimmed significantly. At a viewing location away from city lights, it is still barely visible to the unaided eye, but some magnification is now required to appreciate the comet's beauty and structure.
This article includes a sky cart to help find the comet in relation to Ursa Major, which includes the figure of the Big Dipper (located just off the top of the map). At the bottom there is also a link to a live program that the Lowell Observatory is offering on the night of the 23rd: https://lowell.edu/viewing-comet-neowise-in-the-early-evening
The picture was taken by Misty Carty, who is an educator at the museum with a graduate degree in astronomy. Her photo was taken from Albuquerque, and the timed-exposure, processed photo makes the comet appear brighter than it will in the real sky.
Tiny Titans Preview
The temporary exhibit Tiny Titans was only open for two days before the museum's temporary closure. Here's a brief preview video to show what can be experienced when the museum reopens.