The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce that the state’s eight museums (including this one) and seven of its historic sites will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2020. These facilities, which closed on March 16, 2020, may resume operation at 25% of normal capacity under the state’s current Public Health Order.
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The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day;
closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon are reserved for higher-risk populations. This corresponds with museum’s weekly free day for state residents 60 and older and with a state of NM ID; seniors can enjoy free admission all day.
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On-line ticketing is encouraged to minimize face-to-face contact. This can be accomplished in advance or while waiting to enter the Museum using your cell phone.
- To ensure social distancing between guests and so we do not exceed 250 guests at any one time, a limited number of timed tickets will be available each day. Guests may choose a time and date when they purchase tickets online and must arrive within a half-hour of that time. Reduced occupancy might result in a wait to gain entry. While queuing for entry, visitors should observe social distancing.
Entering and Exiting the Museum
- Guests are asked to enter the Museum only through the main doors at the 18th Street lobby. Once inside the Museum, visitors will be asked to exit through Natureworks gift shop and the Café doors. (Note that the Café is not open at this time. Please plan accordingly.)
Membership & Passes
- NMMNHS Members will continue to receive complimentary admission to the Museum, but now have the option to reserve a “ticket” online if they wish. Enter the number of member guests when selecting tickets. Since you will be prompted for your membership number, please have that handy. Current membership to the Museum is required. Note that if your membership expired after March 16th, it will be extended 6 months beyond the expiration date.
- Timed-entry tickets are available online through the museum's ticketing site.
- Also, the Department of Cultural Affairs is extending the expiration date of its New Mexico CulturePass, which allows one visit to each state museum and historic site while active, by six months.
- Restrooms are available and will be cleaned and sanitized frequently.
- All NMMNHS staff will be wearing masks and/or other face protection.
- In New Mexico, everyone is required to wear an approved mask or face covering when in public except when drinking, eating, or under medical instruction. Multi-layered cloth masks are available for purchase at the gift shop. Masks with vents do not satisfy the State’s Public Health Order. Violators of these requirements will be subject to a fine.
- Six-feet social distancing will be required throughout your Museum visit.
- Access to some areas will be limited or remain closed in compliance with public health directives, including theaters, classrooms, libraries, collections storage, and picnic/snack areas.
- The public will not have access to coat checks, lockers, or backpack/purse storage, nor the use of rental equipment such as headsets, portable speakers, strollers, etc., unless required for ADA accessibility.
- Group visits, public programs, special events, and volunteer/docent activities will continue in virtual formats only.
***If you have any questions or concerns, please call 505-841-2869***
The Museum is located at 1801 Mountain Road NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
From Interstate 40, take Rio Grande Boulevard south about half a mile to Mountain Road, then east on Mountain Road less than a half a mile to the Museum, turning north on 18th street to the parking lot. The Museum entrance is on 18th Street.
Museum Free Admission Days
- The Museum is free to New Mexico residents (with ID) on the first Sunday of every month.
- New Mexico seniors age 60 and older receive free Museum admission every Wednesday.
For any other questions, please call us at (505) 841-2800.
Museum Free Admissions Policy For Foster Families
On March 19, 2019, HB 303, granting free admission to all New Mexico foster parents and foster children to all New Mexico Museums and Historic Sites was signed into law. Active foster parent/foster child status shall be verified through an official foster parent identification card. Expired status cards will not be accepted.
*Note – Free admission for children to DCA museums and historic sites in accordance with the policy of each museum/site shall remain unchanged.
Gift Cards for Museum and/or DynaTheater admission are available at the Membership Desk. VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover are accepted. Wheelchairs are available on request.