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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!

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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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Tips for watching the Perseid Meteor shower:

* Get as far away from artificial lights as possible in a place that has an unobstructed view of the whole sky.
* Direct your attention generally toward the northeastern sky. That is the direction where the constellation of Perseus rises, and most of the shooting stars can be seen streaking from that area of the sky.
* Have patience!! Plan to observe the sky for at least an hour. Nothing unusual will be seen over only a few minutes.
* A peak in activity can happen at any time, or maybe not at all. No credible source of information can predict meteor shower activity with 100% accuracy. This year, observe the sky for as long as possible during the nights of August 11 and 12.

For more information, visit this link:

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Don't forget to attend $1 Science Night on Wednesday. Opportunities to enjoy so many programs happening in one evening for such a low price are very rare, so don't miss it! Visit the event page for more information:
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