New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque

4.5
Natural History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Explore the origins of the universe, the world of dinosaurs, and milestones of space travel at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Spend time in the museum's core exhibits, which lead through billions of years of New Mexico's history, from the Big Bang, through the age of dinosaurs, to the Ice Age. Other exhibits cover the rise of technology and human exploration of space. Admire the museum's extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, including the skeleton of Stan, the second-largest Tyrannosaurus rex ever unearthed. Don't miss a stop at the on-site planetarium for shows about planets, constellations, and more. Check the museum's website for information on traveling exhibits, offers, and special events. Our Albuquerque online road trip planner makes visiting New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and other Albuquerque attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I absolutely love natural history museums, and this museum is a lovely, informative museum. It's not as overwhelming as the Smithsonian or the AMNH in NYC, but it's still full of wonderful exhibits.....  more »
  • Enjoyed the Dynamax movie, the planetarium (an on-site temporary one while theirs is being renovated), and exhibits of minerals and fossils very much. The young astronomer who did the planetarium...  more »
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  • Absolutely AMAZING place to visit! The staff here are very knowledgeable! I came here for the first time last night for Fractal Friday and after the show, the audience was invited to look through their telescope and see Jupiter and its four moons! After we exited the telescope, my sister, friend and I went back inside to ask to see the moon and the workers there were more than happy to move and redirect the telescope for us to get the best close up of the moon we have ever seen! Definitely an unforgettable experience! Thank you!
  • A wonderful museum for all ages, with dedicated, helpful volunteers. It's possible to easily spend an entire day. Has a smattering of exhibits both permanent (space, geology, dinosaurs) and traveling. Impressive permanent items: a scaled reproduction of the mars rover that can have its camera manipulated; dinosaur skeletons & fossils. Went for the traveling show about The Brain (which came from the American Museum of Natural History in NYC), and running through Nov'19; dynamic, interactive, informative, fun, and engaging exhibit; reading will be required to get the full experience. Movies and planetarium shows cost extra to general admission, but enhance the visit A LOT. The Dyna Theater experience (high def. 3D film) is spectacular. One show at a time runs on the hour. Planetarium programs are the standard sort; but 2 p.m. shows are live & interactive w/ audience able to inquire about the night sky features in ABQ for that date. By the end of day, a few interactive exhibits with computer screens get hung up/ frozen (computer needs a reboot), or stop functioning. A few areas in the permanent exhibits have neglected lighting. Yes, there's a is gift shop. The site is handicap accessible. A cafe on site for meal time on the premises.

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