In accordance with revised public health directives, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has closed its museums and historic sites until further notice. The safety and well-being of our employees and visitors is the DCA’s foremost concern. We appreciate your support and understanding. Please continue to visit this website for updates and to explore virtual visits, programs, and educational opportunities.
At the Museum
|Museum Admission Only||Combo Ticket (Museum + Planetarium)|
|Adults (13-59)||$8.00||Not available at this time|
|Seniors (60+)||$7.00||Not available at this time|
|Children (3-12)||$5.00||Not available at this time|
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.
Museum Temporarily Closed
In accordance with revised public health directives, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has closed this museum and all of its museums and historic sites to the public until further notice. The safety and well-being of our employees and visitors is the DCA’s foremost concern. We appreciate your ongoing support and understanding. Please visit the education and science areas of our website for virtual visits, programs, and educational opportunities:
The NatureWorks Discovery Store is also closed until further notice.
However, our most popular items are still available in the online store at:
https://nmmnhfnatureworks.square.site/s/shop We provide curbside pickup or shipping. Thank you for your continued support which helps sustain the Museum's educational programs and exhibits.
Even More New Online Fractals
Thousands of fractal fans continue to enjoy the online programs presented May - July. A new fractal performance is scheduled to premiere on the museum's Facebook page on August 14. It will include fractal animations seen during the First Friday Fractal shows that have been presented for over 12 years in the planetarium, but there will be a few different ones from the online videos presented previously. Don't forget to set a reminder and check out other recent posts:
Goodbye Comet NEOWISE
Comet NEOWISE is moving higher and getting dimmer in the evening sky. It is closest to the Earth on July 23, but as it has gotten farther from the sun, it has also dimmed significantly. At a viewing location away from city lights, it is still barely visible to the unaided eye, but some magnification is now required to appreciate the comet's beauty and structure.
This article includes a sky cart to help find the comet in relation to Ursa Major, which includes the figure of the Big Dipper (located just off the top of the map). At the bottom there is also a link to a live program that the Lowell Observatory is offering on the night of the 23rd: https://lowell.edu/viewing-comet-neowise-in-the-early-evening
The picture was taken by Misty Carty, who is an educator at the museum with a graduate degree in astronomy. Her photo was taken from Albuquerque, and the timed-exposure, processed photo makes the comet appear brighter than it will in the real sky.