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New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Ranked #11 of 218 things to do in Albuquerque
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Owner description: Visitors explore the origins and geological history of the American Southwest through vivid displays including dinosaur models, ice-age cave replicas, a naturalist center and a walk-through volcano.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Dinosaurs, Imax movies, ever-changing exhibits -- what's not to like? Plus a year-long schedule of talks by prominent scientists on caves, Mars, volcanoes, ancient life-forms, etc. etc. Go and learn something.

Visited October 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“A Great Multi-Purpose Attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

You can spend a couple of days in the NM Museum of Natural History and Science and not exhaust all its possibilities. In addition to displays spanning time from dinosaur paleontology to up-to-the-minute space science and computer technology there is both a planetarium and a DynaMax theater. And, in relation to other similar facilities in other large cities, it's both family-friendly and bargain-priced. This is definitely a major stop on any tour of New Mexico.

Visited November 2013
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jefferson, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great for adults and kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

What a well thought out museum. The $7.00 admission is well worth it. The theme rooms exit out and flow into the next and the next and before you know it, you are on the second floor via display floors gradually rising via ramps.
Lots of dinosaur bones, skeletons, fossils. Rooms for animals of New Mexico, historic aquatic life, volcanoes, rock & gem formations, astrological displays and more. They have interactive displays to keep the kids interested also. Really nice museum.
I happened to look on their events page and they were giving a gem/stone wire wrapping class to make jewelry! Wow! Only $35. including all material. There was a 1/2 hour lecture about how the different rocks and gems are made and excavated. Very interesting. Then a class teaching us how to make a pendant, bracelet, and earrings. The teacher, Camille, from Creative Wire was very generous with her supplies and attention. A really great class. Check out her website if you're in the area. She will hold classes for a group or individuals.

Visited November 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Love the dinosaur exhibit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

My husband and I spent 4 1/2 hours wandering around this museum and still didn't see everything. First we looked at the rocks and minerals and the solar system-related exhibits. Then we checked out the Evolution of Computers, which was quite interesting. Finally, we began upstairs at the beginning of the natural history exhibit, which starts with the formation of the earth and winds around upstairs and downstairs, going through the rise and fall of the dinosaurs to the rise of mammals. There are some full-sized reproductions of some dinosaur skeletons, as well as few real fossil dinosaur bones. This exhibit is fascinating. We really liked the mocked-up video of the asteroid hitting the earth and causing the extinction event. There is so much to see and read here it would probably take two visits, or a really long day, to see it all. Highly recommended.

Visited October 2013
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“Great Dinosaurs, neat planetarium, friendly staff and volunteers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

New Mexico is a state rich in the fossil record. This museum has an excellent collection and an extensive display of Dinosaurs and their remains. Their per and post dinosaur fossils are also very good. This is a great place to visit with the family or by yourself. Don't forget to go to the planetarium. The staff and volunteers are friendly and very knowledgeable. There is another museum accross the street so make a day of it!

Visited October 2013
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