Albuquerque, NM 87104
Hours and Admission:
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
Free admission every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month; and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Free admission is for general museum admission only, not for special exhibits or events.
General admission, adult, $3 NM resident, $4 out of state; out of state tickets purchased online are $3.
Teens (13-18), $3
Child (4-12), $1
Tickets can be purchased from 9 a.m. to one half-hour before closing at the admissions desk. Tickets can also be purchased online if you have access to a printer.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Explora Science Center
Slate Street Cafe at Museum:
The cafe is open Tuesdays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The third Thursday of the month, the cafe is open until 8:30 p.m. for those who come for Third Thursdays.
What to Expect:
History of the area is a major component of the museum. The core history exhibit provides information on the state's earliest settlers, the native inhabitants, and the changes that took place from earliest settlements through the 20th century. The Rio Grande Valley was inhabited by Tiwa-speaking Pueblo people when the Spanish explorer Coronado came to the area in 1540. The museum exhibits also provide insight on the founding of Albuquerque and the establishment of its economy. Online history exhibitions feature information on Ernie Pyle, America's most loved reporter, fashion in 1950s Albuquerque and the 1914 Ingrim/Foster Biplane. The museum also has photo archives of Albuquerque and New Mexico.
The museum's art collection concentrates on the work of regional artists, both past and present. A permanent exhibit, Art in New Mexico, presents museum-owned works from the late 1800s to today. Changing exhibits range from art on world tours to more regional collections. The collections include works by the Taos Society of Artists, the Cinco Pintores and the Transcendental Painting Group. The museum owns several works by the famous artist Georgia O'Keefe.
The museum gift shop features art, jewelry and gifts.
In addition to art and history, the museum provides tours, lectures, performances, demonstrations, school programs and art classes. The Museum School offers year round classes and workshops in art and history. During the school year, classes are held on Saturdays, and homeschool classes are on Tuesdays. Summer classes cover a variety of topics for preschoolers through teens.
Family art workshops provide a space for families to come together to create art. They taks place Saturdays from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and are free with museum admission.
Parking is free for museum visitors who park in the lot located directly south of the museum on 19th Street NW. Park in the lot and provide the space number to the admissions clerk when purchasing your ticket.