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"The New Mexico Museum of Natural History" New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Tip by traveldave


The New Mexico Museum of Natural History was founded in 1986 to teach visitors about dinosaurs, fossils, geology, volcanoes, astronomy, and other aspects of natural history and science.

Eight exhibit halls take vistors on a "journey through time" which include the Origins exhibit which covers the beginning of the universe 13,600,000,000 years ago through the Paleozoic Era 251,000,000 years ago. It features meteorites and other displays of geologic artifacts from the earliest days of the planet. Dawn of the Dinosaurs covers the Triassic Period 251,000,000 to 202,000,000 years ago. Displays include fossils of early dinosaurs, including the skeletons of an erythrosuchian and crocodile-like phytosaurs. Age of Super Giants covers the Jurassic Period 202,000,000 to 144,000,000 years ago. Featured are the fossilized skeletons of giant dinosaurs, including the Seismosaurus, the largest dinosaur found in New Mexico, and the Saurophaganax, the largest Jurassic carnivore. New Mexico's Seacoast covers the Cretaceous Period 144,000,000 years ago to 66,000,000 years ago, when much of New Mexico was covered by an inland sea. Fossils of marine animals and birds, the jawbone of a Tyrannosaurus rex, and a living tropical forest similar to those of the Cretaceous Period are on display. Age of Volcanoes covers the Paleogene and Neogene periods 65,000,000 to 1,800,000 years ago. It features displays about every type of volcano that was found in New Mexico, as well as a large collection of various types of volcanic rocks. Evolving Grasslands also covers the Paleogene and Neogene periods. It shows fossilized skeletons of giant predatory birds, alligators, camels, elephants, and saber-toothed cats. The Cave covers the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs 4,000,000 to 10,000 years ago. It features a re-creation of a cave similar to the Carlsbad Caverns, which are located in southern New Mexico. New Mexico's Ice Age covers the Quaternary Period 1,600,000 to 10,000 years ago. Its displays include the fossilized remains of large mammals, including wolves, mammoths, and saber-toothed cats.

Other exhibits and displays in the museum include a planetarium, two floors with exhibit galleries dedicated to astronomy and space exploration, the history of the personal computer in the STARTUP: Albuquerque and the Personal Computer Revolution exhibit, and the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater, a large-screened theater similar to IMAX theaters. The Naturalist Center is a hands-on educational exhibit for children, and Fossilworks shows how trained volunteers process fossils.

There are also two large bronze statues of Pentaceratops and Albertosaurus dinosaurs at the entrance to the building.

Address: 1801 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Directions: The New Mexico Museum of Natural History is located at 1801 Mountain Road NW, just north of downtown Albuquerque.
Phone: +1 505-841-2800

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  • Updated Dec 9, 2010
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