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June 21, 2019

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Visitors to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science can expect a more realistic and interactive experience when they visit the museum’s volcano exhibit this summer. The permanent exhibit titled “New Mexico: Land of Volcanoes” is undergoing a significant upgrade.

The volcano exhibit will be closed starting July 8 while improvements are being made and will reopen July 20.

“Visitors will be able to explore New Mexico’s unique geographic past. “40 million years ago there were multiple volcanic super eruptions in New Mexico. In the past few hundred thousand years there have been large out-pourings of lava and many cinder cone eruptions in New Mexico,” says research curator of Volcanology, Dr. Larry Crumpler. “These volcanoes are an important part of modern New Mexico’s landscape.”

The exhibit will include an interactive touch screen showing New Mexico’s... Read More...

June 11, 2019

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is honoring New Mexicans who have lost their lives to drugs. The goal of the memorial gallery is to help show the local impact and consequences drugs have on our community. It is also a way for families to remember their loved ones.

”The lost talent wall is intended to help the surviving family and friends deal with the loss and help heal the void,” says Dianna Flores, coordinator Drugs: Cost & Consequences steering committee. “The museum is also planning a memorial event in September.”

The memorial gallery is part of the ongoing Drugs: Cost & Consequences from the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum. The exhibit explores the costs of legal and illegal drugs to individuals and their impact on society. The museum is asking other families of victims of drug abuse to send in their story and a photo of... Read More...

June 6, 2019

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- New Mexico’s Bisti Beast will be welcomed home with Japanese performances and food at a celebration June 22 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. The museum’s newest attraction, the Bisti Beast is a robotic dinosaur based on the skull found in the Four Corners area of New Mexico. The robotic dinosaur was made in Japan and is a permanent exhibit at the museum. (*see below for media resources)

“The Bistihieversor is actually unique to New Mexico. The realism of the dinosaur will really make it come to life for people,” said David Lundy, exhibit curator at the museum.

The evening of the event, the museum will screen the film Godzilla Vs. Mothra in the Dynatheater. In the 1992 film, Battra and Mothra must stop Godzilla from attacking Yokohama, the second largest city in Japan. Admission to the film is $5. Food will be... Read More...

June 3, 2019

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is hosting another roster of events related to Drugs: Costs & Consequences, Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, the US Drug Enforcement Administration exhibition extended through December 8, 2019. 

Addiction: Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. – Noon

Snehal Bhatt, MD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UNM

(NM-PBS /Museum Science Café)                                                                                    

Substance abuse disorders represent the single most profound public health crisis of our generation. Watch a segment of NOVA Addiction followed by a presentation discussing the needs, barriers, and treatment options in New... Read More...

May 21, 2019

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has installed their newest exhibit, the Bisti Beast. The robotic dinosaur is based on the skull found in the Bisti Badlands of New Mexico’s Four Corners area. The dinosaur was made in Japan and will be a permanent exhibit at the museum (*see below for media resources).

“The Bistihieversor is actually unique to New Mexico. The realism of the dinosaur will make it come to life for people,” said David Lundy, exhibit curator at the museum.

 The museum has plans to add more interactive elements to the exhibit, as well as a realistic landscape around the Bisti Beast in the museum atrium.

This dinosaur’s eyes, arms, body and tail move how experts believe a real dinosaur would move. Don’t be surprised to hear it roar at your next visit to the museum. The final Bisti exhibit will be complete over the summer.

* Link to video...

May 21, 2019

 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will screen the movie Capcom Go! The Apollo Story beginning the first Friday in June. Many obstacles had to be overcome before NASA was able to put a man on the moon. Capcom Go! tells the story behind that historic moment that occurred 50 years ago this summer.

A production of NSC Creative, Capcom Go! The Apollo 11 Story will be shown in the planetarium at noon beginning June 7. The program highlights the key people who made moon missions possible including one of New Mexico’s own: former NASA astronaut Harrison Schmitt.

The planetarium will also start a new schedule with all of its shows highlighting the moon to honor the Apollo 11 anniversary. The 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. planetarium shows will now include a 5-minute Apollo 11 feature called, A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Apollo. The... Read More...

May 14, 2019

(Grand Canyon, Arizona) - An international team of paleontologists has united to study important fossil footprints recently discovered in a remote location within Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. A large sandstone boulder contains several exceptionally well-preserved trackways of primitive tetrapods (four-footed animals) which inhabited an ancient desert environment. The 280-million-year-old fossil tracks date to almost the beginning of the Permian Period, prior to the appearance of the earliest dinosaurs.

The first scientific article reporting fossil tracks from the Grand Canyon was published in 1918, just a year before the park was established as a unit of the National Park Service. One hundred years later, during the Centennial Celebration for Grand Canyon National Park, new research on ancient footprints from the park is being presented in a scientific publication released this week. Brazilian paleontologist Dr. Heitor Francischini, from the Laboratory of... Read More...

April 18, 2019

(Alcalde, New Mexico) -- During the 2019, the New Mexico State Legislature passed a bill designating Los Luceros as the state’s newest Historic Site. On Saturday, May 25, visitors are invited to Explore Los Luceros!  in a daylong symposium that concludes with a ‘pre-contact’ Pueblo dinner..

Explore Los Luceros! will feature lectures, tours, demonstrations, and art and craft exhibits introducing visitors to Rancho Los Luceros.  The day concludes with a Pueblo dinner created by artist and food writer Roxanne Swentzell and Chef Ray Naranjo of Santa Clara Pueblo.

Explore Los Luceros! is a joint program of the New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Historic Sites, New Mexico Humanities Council, and Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

The Historical Symposium is free to the public and begins at 8:30 a.m.... Read More...

April 17, 2019

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- The lobby at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is evolving dramatically over the next few weeks, the beginning of many upgrades planned at the state’s most popular museum through the end of the year.  These include upgrades to the Planetarium, Volcano and Earthquake exhibits later in the fall. The most obvious changes will greet visitors immediately as soon as they walk into the atrium.

Stan, the beloved T.rex, who has resided in the lobby of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) since 2007, is moving on to greener pastures as the museum prepares for the installation of new dynamic Bisti Beast in May. Named after Stan Sacrison, the paleontologist who discovered him, Stan is a replica of a dinosaur that lived about 66 million years ago whose fossilized bones were found near Buffalo, South Dakota in 1987.

This week Museum exhibit crews are disassembling Stan and... Read More...

April 12, 2019

 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the Museum. Take-Back Day is a safe and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs. The event gives the community a chance to properly dispose of expired and unused prescription medications.

In 2017, a national study on Drug Use and Health showed 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study showed a majority of the drugs were obtained from home medicine cabinets. The event is being held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit, Drugs: Costs and Consequences.

“There are several local venues participating in Drug Take-Back Day,” said Margie Marino, Executive Director of the museum. “The drop-off site at the Museum of Natural History is the only location in town where you can see an exhibition about the heinous... Read More...

April 12, 2019

 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) – The topic for this month’s New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) $5 First Friday on May 3rd addresses the dangers of drugs and the cost to our community.

Each first Friday evening of the month, the museum is open 5:30 – 9 p.m. with a special admission rate of $5 per person for the museum, which usually includes special displays on a topic in science.

In conjunction with the museum’s exhibit Drugs: Costs and Consequences, this First Friday event will focus on the dangers of drugs and its impact on society. Representatives from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Albuquerque Police Department and other law enforcement officials will be on hand to answer questions. The goal is to educate the public about the consequences of drugs as well as drug prevention and treatment.

The DynaTheater will be showing “Superpower Dogs” for an additional $5 at 6:30 p.m. The film shows the... Read More...

April 12, 2019

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has extended the stay of two current exhibitions Drugs: Costs and Consequences; and Brain: The Inside Story, through the Fall of 2019.

“Both of these thought-provoking exhibits have been very well-received and quite impactful based on comments we’ve received from our visitors,” said Margie Marino, Executive Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science .“ The Museum is pleased we were able to reach an accord with both of the exbibitors to extend the duration of these two exhibits which present phenomenal learning opportunities to New Mexicans for another few months.

Brain: The Inside Story has been extended through Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. This exhibition draws on the most current research and technology to present neuroscience,... Read More...

March 29, 2019

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Want a great way to rejuvenate after a long work week? Unwind, relax, hit the dance floor, and learn about what dancing does to your brain at the This is your Brain on Dance happening Friday, April 19th at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science from 6-10:30 p.m.

“In addition to just being a fun-filled way to start your weekend, this dance offers a little more,” said Museum Executive Director Margie Marino. “This is your Brain on Dance event supports our traveling exhibition Brain: The Inside Story which runs through June 23. You can learn about the positive effects dance has on your brain.“

According to an October 2013 article in Psychology Today by Christopher Bergland Read More...

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