New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque

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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. To visit New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on your trip to Albuquerque, use our Albuquerque itinerary maker.
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  • I grew up on the Smithsonian's in DC. This is a very respectable local option. Good variety and quality of exhibits.  more »
  • A friend who grew up in Albuquerque took me and another friend here. It was more fun than I expected! The exhibits were really good (mammoths and dinosaurs and volcanoes, oh my!), they had some cute/f...  more »
  • Well organized, rooms/display areas are marked so that you can go in time-sequence. BEAUTIFUL Opal display. Decent gift shop. Easy to find just catty-corner from north edge of Old Town. Highly recomme...  more »
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  • This is a nice natural science and history museum! It is located within 5 minutes of Old Town Albuquerque. We came because it was included with the NM Culture Pass. I'm glad we visited! They have a nice collection of dinosaur bones here, quite a few displays. They also had an exhibit about the origins of the computer industry that was quite unusual! Particularly good for grade school and pre-school children...but fun for all ages!
  • The Natural History Museum is a great place to visit but when you're there you must go to the Dynamax theater Karma an experience you will never forget , especially with the 3D glasses everything just seems so real. Took an elementary class on a field trip the kids loved it , 4th graders from Rio Rancho Elementary School
  • I have been going here for years and my son really likes it here. If you are a local with young children you should consider getting a membership. It may seem expensive at first, but it pays for itself pretty quick after a few visits with the family. Also, membership does have certain benefits such as discounts to the gift shop and overnight museum sleepovers, which are pretty fun. They have a hands-on room just for kids devoted to learning that is always worth a stop. You may even get to handle a snake in there.
  • I've been to the Smithsonian several times as well as to Denver's Nat. Hist. museum, but there's something special about this museum. I think it has a lot to do with the unique architecture and how they've made the chronology flow so well. My son loves it so much he likes going there for his birthday. In 30 years, I've always had a great experience. Avoid going here on the cheap day (first Saturday of the month or something). It's just not worth fighting the crowds. Cough up the money and go on a quieter day so you can get the most out of the place.
  • Great museum, they keep a lot of the favorite exhibits, but they usually have a lot of new things too. They change their IMAX shows, planetarium shows, and some exhibits to stay relevant and have new material. I love that you can watch the paleontologists work on the fossils.