Admission and Cost – Open every day from 9 am to 5 pm except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. The cost of admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children. Group pricing is available and a family membership would be of benefit to a family that visit’s the museum often.
First Impressions – Two life sized New Mexico dinosaurs rendered in bronze by Albuquerque sculptor Dave Thomas gives you a feel for what is to come inside. The first exhibit through the door is a large T-Rex skeleton. Who doesn’t love a T-Rex?
The Exhibits – The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science offers many different exhibits and learning experience for people of all ages. Whether you are learning about the history of personal computers, viewing the mineral collection, finding out how New Mexico was involved in space exploration or viewing real life dinosaur bones; you will enjoy the experience and find the entire museum to be a great fun-filled place.
Hands On – Part of the fun of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is the hands on experience. Instead of being admonished for touching the exhibits, this museum has some exhibits that are expressly made for touching and you are encouraged to do so by signs that say “Please Touch Me”. One such exhibit is a very large piece of Smithsonite, a mineral that was named for James Smithson, the founder of the Smithsonian Institution. Many exhibits have an interactive quality, featuring buttons and computer displays. You can operate the camera of a simulated Mars Rover, discover what types of clouds form in what types of atmospheres and play the first ever computer game. The game is not that interesting and exciting, but it is fascinating to see how far personal computing has come and we were amazed to learn that to own an early computer would have cost a million dollars and you would have needed a room for the computer to be housed in alone, they were that big.
The Naturalist Center – Easily our favorite part of the museum was the Naturalist Center. Not only are you encouraged to touch, you are encouraged to explore and dig. They want you to open drawers and discover smells and sights. There are microscopes where the children were able to look at a selection of objects up close; snakeskin, insects, shells, etc. Tanks around the room held spiders, centipedes, snakes, fish and one held a very large frog in a round terrarium. The children couldn’t get enough of the sand table where you can use the “stamps” to make different animal tracks in the sand. They also loved being able to handle and touch the bones and horns.
Overall Fun For Everyone – Whether you are 6 or 60, a day at the Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque, New Mexico will be fun filled and entertaining.