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

Serengeti 10am 1pm 4pm
Sea Lions 11am 2pm  
Dinosaurs of Antarctica 12pm 3pm

Planetarium Show Times

Earth, Moon, & Sun 11 a.m.
Eclipse: The Sun Revealed 12 p.m.
Enchanted Skies  2 p.m.
Forward! To the Moon 3 p.m.
Little Star That Could 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

October 5, 2022 - 1:00pm

Fly above the most scenic locations across the Southwest through videos from an ultralight aircraft. For visitors to the Balloon Fiesta who don't have the opportunity to fly in a balloon during the week, this may be the next best thing!

October 7, 2022 - 1:00pm

Fly above the most scenic locations across the Southwest through videos from an ultralight aircraft. For visitors to the Balloon Fiesta who don't have the opportunity to fly in a balloon during the week, this may be the next best thing!

October 15, 2022 - 10:00am

Join us on select Saturdays as we explore the wonderful world of chocolate! Come taste the difference between milk, dark, white, and even ruby chocolate. Learn about the history of this sweet treat as it was transformed from a spicy drink to the decadent dessert of today. Talk to local chocolatiers about how they work with chocolate today to create your favorite sweet treats. Learn from these experts and other resources from some of our non-chocolate community partners. This is a family friendly event and is included with admission to the Museum. Chocolate: The Exhibition is now open and runs through March 12, 2023.

October 19, 2022 - 6:00pm

Calling all sci-fi lovers! Join us at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science as we bring a new family friendly evening of science. Have you ever watched a sci- fi movie and then wondered what was based on actual science? If so, join us and have your burning science questions answered at "Science Fiction or Fact?". Experience your favorite movies like never before as we project them in our domed theater, the Planetarium. After the movie, make sure you join in the discussion on the movie’s merits by our educators, curators, and special guests, or join us in the Observatory to view the night sky. Seats are limited and registration is required. Admission is by donation, and we welcome guests to pay what they can on the night of the event.

October 28, 2022 - 6:30pm

Have a sensational sweet time at this year’s Fright Night: Death by Chocolate. Delight your senses as you explore our new exhibit Chocolate: The Exhibition. Then dance the night away next to our very own Bisti Beast. You will want to make sure you don’t miss our first Fractal show in over 2 years. Shows are available on a first come, first served basis and admission will be by donation/pay what you can. There will be two showings at 7pm and 8pm. Don’t forget to dress your best as we will have costume contest (included with admission) and there will be three prizes for each category.