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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...

October 25, 2019

For Immediate Release: October 29, 2019 (Albuquerque, NM) The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is teaming up with the Rotary Club of Albuquerque for their fourth annual Literacy Event. The event is scheduled for November 3rd from noon to 3 p.m. at the Museum.

Visitors can enjoy hands-on literacy-based activities, games, puppet shows and science-related activities. Children can get a free book at the event after completing Museum activities.

“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, Executive Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.

Community organizations such as the Rio Rancho libraries, The Public Library (Albuquerque/Bernalillo County), Explora and Early Childhood Accountability will be participating in the event as well.

Story time at the event will be held...

October 18, 2019

Albuquerque -- The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The Museum will be a drop-off location for unused medications. Take-Back Day is a safe and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs. The event gives the public an opportunity to properly dispose of unused and expired prescription medications. The event is being held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit, Drugs: Costs and Consequences. The National Drug Take Back Day will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the Museum.

Drugs: Costs & Consequences is a traveling exhibition from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum and the DEA Education Foundation. The exhibit is currently on display at the museum through December 8, 2019. The exhibit is included with Museum Admission. 

For a list of other drop-off...

September 13, 2019

For Immediate Release: September 17, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Jurassic dinosaur fossils were first found in New Mexico more than 100 years ago. Now a crocodile fossil has been discovered in New Mexico’s Jurassic rocks. The fossil was discovered in September of 2018 by hikers in the Ojito Wilderness near San Ysidro.

Bob Chesebrough and his two sons found the unusual fossil and sent the photo to Dr. Spencer Lucas, a paleontologist at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Dr. Lucas confirmed that the fossil is part of the skull of a Jurassic crocodile from around 150 million years ago. This is the first evidence of a Jurassic crocodile found in New Mexico.

Lucas says the small crocodile was about 5 feet in length and had a 10 inch skull. While the fossil seems small it is pretty typical in size for a Jurassic croc. The crocodile fossil was found in the Morrison Formation (a rock formation known for its dinosaur fossils from... Read More...

September 5, 2019

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is co-hosting a free Fossil Fiesta in Farmington on September 21st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the Farmington Public Library. The Fossil Fiesta will be held at the Farmington Public Library at 2101 Farmington Avenue. Fiesta activities include a virtual reality experience, Smithsonian developed activities using fossils to learn about the prehistoric past and a chance to meet paleontologists from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.

The free Fossil Fiesta will take place on Museum Day, September 21, at the Farmington Library. Each year Smithsonian Magazine celebrates Museum Day by offering free admission to visitors across the country to select Museums. Participants can get a free admission for two people by presenting a Museum Day ticket. Tickets are available at  ... Read More...

August 30, 2019

World Renowned Volcano Expert Visits New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science


For Immediate Release: August 30, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) --The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is holding a lecture on volcanic super-eruptions. The guest speaker, Dr. Stephen Self is one of the world’s experts on explosive and large volcanic eruptions. He has 40 years’ experience as a geologist specializing in the study of volcanoes. The lecture will focus on super-eruptions and their impact on society and our environment. Dr. Self will also discuss New Mexico’s own volcanic super-eruption, the Valles Caldera.

Dr. Self retired in 2017 as Senior Geologist/Volcanologist with the US-Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is currently Adjunct Professor of the Earth and Planetary Science Department at the University of California Berkley.

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August 22, 2019

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is hosting a lecture on Alzheimer’s disease and a documentary on medical marijuana as part of the ongoing roster of events related to the Drugs: Costs & Consequences, Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration exhibition extended through Dec. 8, 2019.

Wednesday Sept. 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Dynatheater.

Voices in Science Lecture: New Concepts in Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular Cognitive Impairment, featuring Gary Rosenberg, MD, Director of the University of New Mexico Center for Memory and Aging and professor of Neurology at UNM Health Sciences. UNM’s Center for Memory and Aging is the only center dedicated to diagnosing, treating and doing research that will impact the growing population, estimated to... Read More...

August 10, 2019

For Immediate Release: August 13, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) --

Thousands of people die each year from drug overdose. International Overdose Awareness day is observed on August 31st each year. 

The event aims to raise awareness about overdose and the dangers of drug use. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is holding a memorial for local victims who have lost their lives to drugs. The memorial is being held in conjunction with the Museum exhibit titled “Drugs: Costs & Consequences”. The exhibit from the Drug Enforcement Agency explores the costs of legal and illegal drugs to individuals and the impact that drugs have on society. The exhibit will be open till December 8th 2019. In the "Lost Talent Gallery" are stories and photos of local youth who have lost their lives to drugs.

A victims’ memorial will be held on Thursday, August 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History &... Read More...

August 1, 2019

For Immediate Release:  August 1, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) --

New York Times Best Selling author and neuroscientist Dr. Judith Grisel will discuss the root causes of drug addiction and her own personal journey to recovery.  Dr. Judith Grisel was a daily drug user and college dropout when she became determined to find a cure for her addiction. After studying the brain for 25 years as a neuroscientist she shares her knowledge with the public.  Her book “Never Enough” reveals her personal insights about how drugs work, how they impact the brain, and the way to combat addiction. Grisel describes what drove her to addiction and what helped her recover.

Dr. Grisel is a behavioral neuroscientist with an expertise in pharmacology. Her genetics research focuses on determining the root causes of drug addiction. She is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.

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