At the Museum

Museum Pricing

  Museum Admission Only Combo Ticket (Museum + Plus one show)
Adults (18-59) $8.00 Coming soon!
Seniors (60+) $7.00 Coming soon!
Youth (13-17) $7.00 Coming soon!
Children (3-12) $5.00 Coming soon!
Tot (2 & Under) Free Coming soon!


Verus Research Theater Show Times

Sea Lions 11am 1pm 3pm
Dinosaurs of Antarctica 10am 12pm 2pm
Super Power Dogs 4pm

Planetarium Show Times

Earth, Moon, & Sun 11 a.m.
Forward to the Moon 12 p.m.
Enchanted Skies  2 p.m.
Incoming! 3 p.m.
Perfect Little Planet 4 p.m.




Mammals put brawn before brains

Prehistoric mammals bulked up, rather than develop bigger brains, to boost their survival chances once dinosaurs had become extinct, research suggests.

For the first 10 million years after dinosaurs died out, mammals prioritised boosting their body size to adapt to radical shifts in the make-up of Earth's animal kingdom, researchers say. Read more

Carboniferous Stratigraphy meeting

The Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy held a meeting, “The Kasimovian Workshop,” on May 24-27, 2021. The meeting was organized by William DiMichele, Spencer Lucas, Xiangdong Wang, and Stanislav Opluštil. The pandemic restrictions made impossible the original plan for an in-person meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Consequently, the meeting was run on a Zoom platform sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.  Read more.

Clayton Lake Dinosaur Tracksite Project

CNM students and faculty—in collaboration with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and the New Mexico State Parks Department—are helping to document, map, and model one of the largest dinosaur tracksites in the United States. Click here to explore the site.

Dr. Crumpler Joins Perseverance Mission

Those who follow the museum's programs know that Larry Crumpler was part of the Mars Opportunity rover mission and previewed discoveries from the Red Planet for visitors to our museum and website for almost 15 years. We have exciting news: Dr. Crumpler has just been selected as a scientist for the Mars Perseverance mission! After the new rover lands in February, 2021, you can expect to continue enjoying exclusive access to new discoveries! Read more by clicking here.

The Future of Science Museums

On September 25, the museum hosted a virtual summit on the future of natural history institutions as part of the museum's strategic planning process. Administrators from prominent institutions around the country made comments about their facility’s response to the pandemic and how that will influence programming from now on. Read some significant quotes in the information release linked here and watch the entire presentation.

Upcoming Events

July 12, 2022 - 3:30pm

The James Webb Space Telescope's first research image will be released to the public on July 12 and featured in two different events that day.

July 12, 2022 - 4:00pm

Relaxed Nights are evenings for anyone who might get overwhelmed by crowds, sounds, or flashing lights. Or, for individuals who simply enjoy smaller crowds. Tickets are limited to keep these evenings relaxed. Tickets are $5. For Military and Veteran discounts, please contact

July 16, 2022 - 8:30am

The Bosque Education Guide is an interdisciplinary curriculum about the Middle Rio Grande Valley ecosystem. The curriculum provides classroom-based and field activities for students grades K-12. For the central activity, students construct a model of the Middle Rio Grande and then manipulate the paper and cloth pieces to demonstrate human impacts over the last two hundred years. Later, they "restore" the ecosystem. The curriculum is downloadable on the website, Newly updated activities include Next Generation Science Standards/NM STEM Ready! Science Standards. Features of the Bosque Education Guide curriculum • Over 700 pages of K-12 activities; many now NM STEM Ready!/NGSS designed • Spanish materials available for download • Background and appendices for teachers • Suggestions for service learning in the bosque • Topics include: o The geology of the valley, surface and groundwater o Demands on the river’s water budget o Flora & fauna of the valley o Natural history & human influence o Fire in the bosque o Energy and matter in ecosystems o Bird migration Workshop information Workshop activities will occur indoors and outdoors. Masks will be required inside; all public health orders at the time will be followed. Participants should dress in comfortable clothing for the weather that day, good walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle.