New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is a natural history and science museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico near Old Town Albuquerque. The Museum was founded in 1986. It runs as a public revenue facility of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Museum also houses changing displays, the Hope Cafe, NatureWorks Discovery Store, as well as the Dynatheater, which is a 3-D theater similar to IMAX. The films revealed are usually documentary design, focusing on a broad variety of topics. The exterior of the museum includes “A Walk Through New Mexico,” a landscape representation of the topographical and geologic functions of New Mexico.

The Museum’s long-term display halls highlight a journey through time, covering the birth of the Universe (≈ 13.6 billion years ago) to the Ice Age (≈ 10,000 years ago). The 8 journey through time halls are as follows:
Origins
Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Jurassic Age of Super Giants
New Mexico’s Seacoast
Age of Volcanoes
Rise of the Recent – Evolving Grasslands
Cavern Experience
New Mexico’s Ice Age

Other long-term displays consist of an interactive planetarium where programs are held daily. There is likewise a floor of exhibition galleries dedicated to astronomy and space exploration, as well as an observation deck for seeing through the telescope. The observatory opens just periodically, generally during evenings when the museum itself is open to the public.

The Fossilworks exhibition shows people eliminating material from fossilized dinosaur bones. The museum houses a “Naturalist Center” that is home to live animals and insects, and there is likewise a geologic display on the minerals of the area.


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