Take a walk through time from the big bang through the ice ages in one of the premier natural history museums in the country. ... More
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
Take a walk through time from the big bang through the ice ages in one of the premier natural history museums in the country. Also, discover a great collection of massive dinosaurs while you watch technicians work on actual fossils. You can also experience the Dynamax Theater with its multi-story screen and super sound system. Step into the Time Machine and stop by the Lode Star Center that includes a high-tech, 175-seat theater, telescope and planetarium. The STARTUP Gallery tells the story of Albuquerque's role in the development of the computer. The Nature Works store in the museum features a unique inventory of items related to dinosaurs, birds, and various species of animals and scientific gadgets.
i thought it was a fun experience for everyone. it was definitly worth the time. i also liked it because it showed you through time starting with the big bang and ending with the ice age. the dinosaurs had too be the coolest.
I've been to this, the newest Natural History Museum in the U.S., several times over the past few years. Check out the new "T-Rex Exhibit, and enjoy a walk through a living volcano, and ride aboard the incredible "evoulator," an elevator special effects machine that take you back through time. The I-max always has something interesting on it's "Big Screen!" For many, it is also a first opportunity to experience our universe via a Planetarium. Very educational. As for the negative comment that someone visited, and found a "The Sun is A Star" a bit simplistic...please remember that thousands of school kids are bused into the Natural History Museum each year from across New Mexico, and they have to provide appropriate levels of educational presentations. This is a most enjoyable attraction for "kids" of all ages. Especially if it's their first Natural History Museum. We're not Chicago or New York City afterall. :-) Thank God!
Even my three year old twins had a great time. There is a nice hands on learning room that they totally got a kick out of. They still talk about "Crunch," the turtle that was out for his daily exercise.
A fantastic experience, something for everybody. My second time to visit in 15 years and this time with children in tow. As always the kids each drifted to the area that interested them most and found enough to keep them busy. The mineral display, while small and tucked away, had some wonderful specimens. The extinction of the dinosaurs room was working this time through and the display helps to round out understanding why they died (but not mentioning the Dakkar Volcanics of India also found directly at the KT boundary, most curious).
From studying the walls and the rock displays (by the movie entrance) one can conclude that New Mexico is about to explode at any moment! (lots of Igneous), but then I guess Limestone just doesn't flock the tourists in.
I noticed that the displays seemed pretty much the same as they were in 1992 so I feel a new addition or two is needed, but still it was an outstanding stop.
All in all a great stop!
If you have the opportunity this is well worth anyone's time. There is something for all ages. It is well thought out. Large. Much larger than it appears from outside because of the creative use of space. The planetarium is GREAT. Buy a ticket and prepare yourself for an outstanding show. The employees are courteous. The facility is clean, well cared for.