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February 13, 2020

For Immediate Release: February 13, 2020 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) --

The Bisti Beast at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has been entertaining visitors since it arrived. The one thing the tyrannosaur is missing is a name. The Museum has collected suggestions for names from visitors for months. They have narrowed down the choices to the top five most popular suggestions, and want the public’s help choosing the final name. The most popular suggested names include Juniper, Bailey, Bella, Betty, and Bonita. “We want our visitors to help us name our local dinosaur,” says Rachel Veracka. The Bisti Beast is a robotic version of the real specimen that was found in the Bisti Badlands of New Mexico. The real skull is on display in the Museum’s “Back to Bones” exhibit.

The Bisti Beast roars every half hour for visitors in the Museum’s lobby. Visitors to the Museum can go to to take the poll and... Read More...

January 31, 2020

For Immediate Release: February 4, 2020 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) --

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Planetarium opened in December of 1999 and has brought the night sky and wonders of the universe to Albuquerque for over 20 years.  Wear from hundreds of thousands of visitors has taken its toll, so the planetarium will close on February 17, 2020, for a renovation.  The planetarium’s seats, carpet, and wall coverings will be replaced during the renovation.  The unused pit in the center of the planetarium will be removed to make the planetarium more accessible at the top and improve overall safety. The renovation will allow more room for performances as well.  

“As seats have broken, our capacity has dropped.  The entire front row has been closed for months” said space science director Jim Greenhouse.  “This renovation is badly needed and will make for a much more comfortable experience as... Read More...

December 10, 2019

For Immediate Release: December 13, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) –A new temporary exhibit will open at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science on January 10, 2020. The exhibit titled, “Sayaka Ganz- Reclaimed Creations,”  features sculptures made of discarded and reclaimed household objects. Many of the sculptures are made using common items such as spatulas, spoons, plastic hangers and cooking utensils.

“Sayaka Ganz- Reclaimed Creations,” depicts a variety of animals rich in color and energy that create an illusion of form. The exhibit features dramatic works of art like Nanami, a whale made of recycled and reclaimed objects. Nanami means Seven Seas in Japanese. The artist, originally from Japan, classifies her work as “three dimensional impressionism.”

Margie Marino, New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Executive Director says, “the proliferation of waste that cannot... Read More...

November 24, 2019

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will present “Revealing Untold Told Stories of Chaco Canyon: Archaeocosmology” on December 12th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Author Anna Sofaer, and researchers Richard Friedman and Robert Weiner will discuss their latest findings on the Chaco Culture.

The research team uses new three-dimensional computer modeling to examine the complex developments of Pueblo Bonito (considered the most important ritual center in Chaco Canyon). Pueblo Bonito’s intriguing geometric formations united with its solar alignments show the vast mathematical, architectural and astronomical knowledge of the Chacoans.

Pueblo Bonito, the largest house in Chaco Culture National Historic Park had up to 800 rooms built up to four stories using solar alignments. It was built and rebuilt over a span of 300 years. The structure was built by Ancestral Puebloans between 828 and 1126 AD. Items such as copper... Read More...

November 12, 2019

For Immediate Release: November 15, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will be closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

The Museum is free to New Mexico residents with I.D. on the first Sunday of the month. New Mexico Seniors age 60 and older receive free admission to the Museum every Wednesday.

Image: Courtesy of Mary Ann Hatchitt

Media Contact: Andrea Jacquin, 505-206-9144


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November 3, 2019

For Immediate Release: November 6, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- New Mexicans now have the chance to experience the sea in a unique way, and learn about some New Mexican molluscs too. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has a new collection of molluscs on display. The new permanent exhibit called Family Tides is an extensive collection that features close to 300 shells. Molluscs are a diverse group that features everything from giant squids to tiny snails, each with unique features. The shells vary in size, shape and color highlighting the diversification of molluscs. The exhibit also displays five major groups of molluscs, which are one of the most ancient and successful groups of animals. Visitors can learn about the differences between prehistoric, verses modern molluscs.

Many of the shells come from various locations from all around the world. Most of the shells on display are part of an extensive collection from the late Alfred J.... Read More...

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