New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

#8 in Best Things To Do in Albuquerque
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
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Key Info

1801 Mountain Road NW

Price & Hours

$8 for adults; $5 for kids 3-12
9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 5:30-9:30 p.m. first Friday of the month

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Neighboring the Albuquerque Museum on the outskirts of Old Town, this museum educates visitors on 12 billion years of natural history. Highlights include the display on the Jurassic era that features life-size replicas of dinosaur skeletons, and "The Hall of the Stars," which attempts to explain how the night sky is organized via a tapestry that's equipped with UV reactive thread. Along with several temporary exhibits, the museum is home to a planetarium and a 3-D movie theater.

Recent visitors praised the museum's artifacts and exhibits, especially the fossils, and said its informative displays have the ability to engage a variety of visitors (even children). 

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children between the ages of 3 and 12, although 3-D movies and planetarium access will cost you a bit more. Several bus stops service the Old Town area, including No. 36. For more information, check out the museum's website.

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#1 Old Town

For more than 300 years, both Native American and Spanish cultures have been shaping this neighborhood (this is the site of the original city settlement in 1706). Anchored by the central plaza, Old Town's cobblestone streets are filled with brightly colored adobe huts that now house galleries, restaurants and souvenir shops. The stunning San Felipe de Neri Church – Albuquerque's oldest building – can also be found here.

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