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May 1, 2024

Albuquerque, NM – Opening just in time for the celebration of all things Star Wars on May the Fourth, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) is excited to welcome a new traveling exhibition that explores the real-life science behind some of the most famous science fiction stories! On loan from the New Mexico Museum of Space History (NMMSH) in Alamogordo, Sci-Fi & Sci-Fact opens during the first weekend of May on the museum’s first floor. 

“While many of us enjoy a good science fiction story, we often don’t stop to consider the real science and technology that influences them,” said NMMNHS Executive Director Dr. Anthony Fiorillo. “Sci-Fi & Sci-Fact explores the way science and fiction interact with one another, with help from costumes and props from some of our favorite stories.” 

Sci-Fi & Sci-Fact explores the ways that science...

April 17, 2024

Albuquerque, NM – The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) is honored to debut a new traveling exhibition that brings the legacy of media mogul and conservationist Ted Turner to life through wildland photography captured by his son, Rhett Turner. Conserving America’s Wildlands: The Vision of Ted Turner opens at the museum on Saturday, May 11. 

“Rhett Turner’s stunning photography captures some of America’s wildest places and the flora and fauna that inhabit them as they are meant to be perceived,” said NMMNHS Executive Director Dr. Anthony Fiorillo. “These striking photos will be paired with never-before-seen specimens from the museum’s Research Collections, reminding us that life on our planet is always worthy of conservation.” 

Known for his work building a film and television empire, Ted Turner is also a passionate advocate for land and wildlife... Read More...

March 28, 2024

Albuquerque, NM –  The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) is proud to announce that it has been awarded reaccreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), an industry-wide “gold standard” that a small fraction of museums across the country have received.   

Museum leadership received notification from AAM’s Accreditation Commission earlier this month informing them NMMNHS had been awarded this honor, in recognition of the museum continuing to meet national standards and best practices set by AAM. The Commission’s letter praised NMMNHS Executive Director Dr. Anthony Fiorillo for his work stabilizing funding, revitalizing the museum campus, and galvanizing the museum team by filling vacancies since his arrival in 2022. The AAM letter further highlighted the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (NMDCA), which operates NMMNHS, for playing a critical role to... Read More...

March 22, 2024

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) Bioscience Curator Dr. Jason Malaney played a key role in research that shows unexpectedly high levels of chemical contamination in wildlife at Holloman Air Force Base in Southern New Mexico. 

This new study, published in the journal Environmental Research, shows that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including perfluorooctanosulfonic acid and perfluorooctoanoic acid, were found at dangerously high levels near Holloman AFB, outside Alamogordo. PFAS, sometimes referred to as ‘forever chemicals,’ concentrations were among the highest ever reported in animal tissues, and high levels have persisted for at least three decades. 

“In addition to showcasing the incredible work from our museum’s Bioscience department, this research... Read More...

March 12, 2024

Albuquerque, NM – An international team of researchers that includes a research associate from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) has discovered a new species of carnivorous amphibian that lived nearly 300 million years ago. 

Earlier this year, NMMNHS research associate Larry Rinehart, in collaboration with researchers from Urweltmuseum GEOSKOP in Thallichtenberg, Germany, Naturhistorisches Museum Schloss Bertholdsburg in Schleusingen, Germany, and other international partners, published a paper in the Journal of Paleontology identifying the newly discovered amphibian as Stenokranio boldi

“Not only does this discovery increase our understanding of life before the dinosaurs, but it also demonstrates the value of international collaboration in paleontology,” said NMMNHS Executive Director Dr. Anthony Fiorillo. “We’re proud to see our museum listed alongside... Read More...

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