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Party like it’s 1599! Don't miss the best Renaissance party since Mona Lisa was painted, happening Friday night at the museum.

Dress as a Renaissance character, learn crafts and dances from the period, and party the night away! Reliving the Renaissance is a themed-costume adult dance party in conjunction with the Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS). All exhibits will be open including Da Vinci—The Genius.

For this special Renaissance evening, the NMMNHS has joined forces with the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory, and the Society for Creative Anachronism. Reliving the Renaissance happens Friday, April 20, from 6-11 p.m. at the Museum.

This is a 21+ event featuring a cash bar, early music performance by Música Antigua de Albuquerque, followed by a DJ playing dance tunes. Patrons can participate in a dance lesson from The Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory beginning at 6 p.m. The event officially begins at 6:30 p.m. with music and dance performances until the DJ begins around 8 p.m. Tickets ($27 adults, $22 seniors, $17 students) can be purchased online.

A featured event of Discovering Abundance: NM Phil’s Music & Arts Festival 2018, music will be provided by Música Antigua de Albuquerque. Música Antigua de Albuquerque has been performing medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music since 1978, appearing throughout the state of New Mexico, as well as in Houston and Milwaukee.

Time-travel to visit the Italian Renaissance through the arts and sciences of the era that the Barony of al-Barran (Greater Albuquerque area) will bring to the event. The displays will include period clothing, scribal arts, astronomical instruments, archery, and weapons of the era. The group is a part of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a worldwide educational organization.

Katie Marshall, the artistic director of The Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory (MPAC), along with her partner Joe Nava, a company dancer with Festival Ballet Albuqeurque, will demonstrate and teach dances from the Renaissance period. MPAC teaches Classical Ballet & Point along with Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Contemporary styles of dance.

Sound will be provided by Kirk Brown with Oasis Sound. The musical entertainment transitions about 8 p.m. to DJ, Andres Sedillo. A cash bar will be provided by Left Turn Distilling.
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Travel back to the sights and sounds of immortal musical groups, brought to life in laser light! Laser and planetarium projectors will fill the dome with choreographed light, allowing the music and images to envelope the audience. Laser concerts light up the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science October 21-November 3. More than a million laser-generated hues and colors poetically express each timeless track.

For a few select evenings only, songs from the Beatles, U2, Led Zeppelin, and Metallica will be featured in dedicated shows along with compilation productions with tracks from classic rock, pop, and alternative bands. Two albums of Pink Floyd will be presented in recorded shows, but on the very special night of October 22, Dark Side of the Moon will be performed live with the laser by the band Pink Freud, presented in partnership with AMP Concerts as part of the New Mexico Culture Squared initiative. Use this link to find your favorite show on our website calendar:

In the mornings at 11 a.m., two classic mythological stories will be told with laser light animation. During the first week of the laser's presentations, the story of Orion the Hunter's epic battle with Scorpius will be expressed in exciting detail. During the second week, come back to hear the tale of Perseus and Andromeda's defeat of the sea monster, Cetus.

Each afternoon at 4 p.m., bring the kids after school for the fun, Halloween-themed show, Fright Light. Laser characters, beautiful abstract patterns, and music create a spine-tingling treat. The show features a variety of ghoulish classics, including Thriller by Michael Jackson, Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley, Iron Man by Black Sabbath, and Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters by Weird Al Yankovic.

Fright Light will also be shown at 8 & 9 p.m. during the Spooky Salsa event on October 20 and is included in event admission. The Halloween laser show will be offered at 3, 4 & 5 p.m. on October 31 along with fun, Halloween activities in front of the museum and in the atrium

Laser Show Admission:
• October 22 Live Performance: $15 adults; $14 seniors and museum members
• 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. Shows: $6 adults; $5 seniors and museum members; $3 children
• 5, 6, 7 & 8 p.m. Shows (except October 22): $6 adults; $5 seniors and museum members (these shows are not recommended for children due to adult lyrics)
• Buy two shows in the same evening (for example: Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall) and receive a $1 discount (not available for advanced purchase)!
• Group rates are available for all programs (except October 22) and showings at other times may be possible. Contact or 505-841-2869 for more information.

All proceeds support museum space science programs.
All regularly-scheduled 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. planetarium programs will be preempted by the laser shows listed above October 21 - November 3 along with the 3 p.m. show on October 31.
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$5 First Friday: Be the Dinosaur!
February 3, 2017 | 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Travel back to the time of dinosaurs in the museum’s temporary exhibit "Be the Dinosaur!" During this special evening only, the museum’s paleontologists will be available to answers any questions about the world before 65 million years ago.

• $5 per person museum admission
• Expertly-manned tables and fun activities throughout the museum
• Exhibit tours by museum Director of Research and Collections, Spencer Lucas, at 6:15 and 7:30 p.m.
• Fossil Works lab operating 5:30 – 8 p.m.
• $5 per person DynaTheater movies:
o 6:30 p.m. - Great White Shark
o 7:30 pm. - Incredible Predator
• $5 food truck open 5 – 8 p.m.
• First Friday Fractals in the Planetarium at 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m. (visit for tickets and more information)
• Observatory open 7 – 9 p.m. (weather permitting)
• Nature Works store open 5:30 – 8 p.m.
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Larry Crumpler is the Planning Lead for the Mars Opportunity Rover, and his office is right here at the museum! Did you know he posts exclusive content about the MER mission on the museum's website? Check out the latest entry in "Field Notes from Mars."
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The Museum will be closed on December 25th and January 1st. Happy Holidays!
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There is still time to sign up for our Young Explorers Camp! Come enjoy these winter camps for school age campers!

Filled with materials-based and hands-on activities
For Kinder through 5th grade
From 9:00am to 4:00pm
$75 per child per camp (10% discount for members)

Register online at

Dec.19- Galactic Engineers:
Unleash your inner techno-geek and explore in outer space, from Sputnik 'til tomorrow. Learn what is being made on the International Space Station today, what the Mars rovers are up to and much, much more!

Dec. 21- Dinos to Dire Wolves
Become an expert in prehistoric life from the largest monsaur to the littlest Adelobasileus, and the dinosaurs in between. Numerous types of prehistoric life will be investigated from the Triassic to the Ice Age!

Dec. 22- Winter in the Wild
Plants and animals are so active in the spring... but what happens in the winter? Put your naturalist hat on and investigate the amazing diversity of NM habitats during the cold days of winter.

Dec. 30- Ginormous Geology
Don your geologist's hat and join us as we venture through the dynamic world rocks, minerals, and volcanoes. We will explore geology from identifying rocks, and the stories they tell, to examining the minerals that are part of our everyday life.

To inquire about camp openings or for more information, please contact Charlotte at or call (505) 841-2848
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Sandia Mountain Stargazing
December 7 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Admission by donation; Canceled if the sky is cloudy

The museum and the Albuquerque Astronomical Society will have telescopes set up for observing the night sky and will conduct star and constellation tours in the dark skies of the East Mountains.

If weather is questionable on the day of the event, check the SMNHC Facebook page for a possible cancellation: For questions about the event, email or call (505) 281-5259.
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December 2, 2016 | 5pm – 9pm
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Spend some time with prehistoric friends while kicking-off the holiday season! Enjoy an evening of holiday crafts and activities, music, entertainment, and extraordinary shopping. 10% off all gift shop items for shoppers, and 20% discount for members of NM Museum of Natural History & Science, Explora and the Albuquerque Museum. Enter a raffle to win a one-year Family Plus Membership. Kid's will have fun watching the Polar Express movie for $5 in the DynaTheater and/or taking a picture with Santa and/or Stan the T. Rex. Tour the entire Museum, including the new traveling exhibit Be the Dinosaur. Conchita’s Catering will have $5 food items and drinks will be available in the Making History Cafe. Admission to the museum, entertainment, and crafts are free!

Entertainment Schedule:
· 6 p.m. – Polar Express Movie ($5.00)
· 6 to 6:45 p.m. – Guitar New Mexico
· 6 to 9:00 p.m. – Observatory (weather permitted)
· 7 to 7:45 p.m. – Bosque School Choir
· 8 to 9:00 p.m. – Prestige Acapella - Manzano High School
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Celebrate World Space Week at the Museum October 5 - 7!
World Space Week
World Space Week
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Even though seeing meteors on your computer screen is not nearly as impressive as watching them streak across the real sky, an online show is being offered tonight with some information and views of falling stars, just in case our NM skies are cloudy the rest of the week.
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