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2017 Dates and Times:

Dates Observing Event
January 9 7 - 8 p.m. Final Lunar Monday
February 3 7 - 9 p.m. First Friday: Dinosaurs
March 25 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Earth Hour
April 5 8 - 9 p.m. Sandia Mt. Stargazing
May 5 8:30 - 10 p.m. First Friday: Geology
June 30 Starts at 8:30 p.m. Asteroid Day
July 7 Starts at 8:30 p.m. First Friday: Wild Music
August 4 Starts at 8:30 p.m. First Friday: Total Solar Eclipse
September 27 8 - 9 p.m. Sandia Mt. Stargazing
October 28 Canceled Intl. Observe the Moon Night
November 3 7 - 9 p.m. First Friday: Wild Music
December 1 7 - 9 p.m. Old Town Holiday Stroll

In 2017, we're offering monthly night-sky observing opportunities to coincide with museum, local, or international events.  More specific information about each activity will be updated below as the day draws closer.  Notice that some events may happen at locations other than the museum.
Members of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will help you study the moon and stars through a variety of telescopes. Each event will feature any visible planets and other interesting objects in the sky.
International Observe the Moon Night is canceled this year due to other activites occuring at the museum that night.  Please visit the observatory during our other observing events scheduled for November 3 or December 1.
The observing part of any event may be canceled when the sky is cloudy.  If weather conditions are in question, check the museum's Facebook page for updates an hour before each event is scheduled to begin:​

Upcoming Events

December 8, 2017 - 5:30pm

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will be filled with musical sounds on the evening of December 8.  Live musicians will perform in the final event associated with the museum’s current exhibition Wild Music: Songs & Sounds of Nature.

Two groups will be sending joyous music throughout the museum.  The Young Musicians Initiative (YMI) will perform at 6 p.m. and de Profundis, an acapella men’s group, will sing at 8 p.m. in the atrium.

The Young Musicians Initiative utilizes music to help strengthen communities, schools and families with goals of keeping kids in school and providing incentives to learn.  De Profundis is celebrating their 24th season of sharing “the warm silken sounds of male voices in harmony.” “We are thrilled to have these wonderful, local ensembles sharing a musical spectrum of sound and helping to up wrap up the Wild Music exhibit” said Deb Novak, the Museum’s Director of Education.  Additional information about both musical groups can be found at and

From 5:30 – 9 p.m., $5 museum admission includes all of the musical performances and access to Wild Music: Songs & Sounds of Nature, a highly interactive exhibition which explores evidence for the biological origins of music.  Through environmental soundscapes, exhibits, and listening experiences, visitors are invited to explore nature’s score and expand their understanding of what makes music.

For a holiday treat, the DynaTheater will be showing the classic movie Polar Express at 6:30 p.m.  When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.  Tickets sell out quickly, but may be purchased in advance at or in the Nature Works Store that evening if any are still available.  Admission is sold separately for adults $10, seniors (60+) $8, and children (3-12) $6.

The Fractal Foundation will be presenting one special, holiday-themed fractal concert that night at 7 p.m.  Like the First Friday Fractal programs, the planetarium dome will be filled with colorful, moving fractal animations, but this special showing will be an arrangement of any fractal which can be associated with holiday festivities. Separately-sold admission can be purchased on or at the museum’s admission desk that night, if available, for adults $10, seniors $7, and children (3-12) $5.

The Museum Observatory will be open to the night sky from 6 – 8 p.m., weather permitting.  The Nature Works store will be selling unique holiday gifts from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on this special Friday. The new Hope Café will be open continuously from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. that day, so you can enjoy dinner while waiting for the museum to reopen (only the café entrance will be open from 5 – 5:30 p.m.)

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