New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
|Location||Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA|
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is a natural history and science museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico near Old Town Albuquerque. The Museum was founded in 1986. It operates as a public revenue facility of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.
The Museum's permanent exhibit halls illustrate a journey through time, covering the birth of the Universe (≈13.6 billion years ago) to the Ice Age (≈10,000 years ago). The eight journey through time halls are as follows:
- Dawn of the Dinosaurs
- Jurassic Super Giants
- New Mexico's Seacoast
- Age of Volcanoes
- Evolving Grasslands
- Cave Experience
- New Mexico's Ice Age
Other permanent exhibits include an interactive planetarium. There is also a floor of exhibit galleries dedicated to astronomy and space exploration. STARTUP: Albuquerque and the Personal Computer Revolution, another exhibit, was dedicated to the history of the personal computer and operated for ten years, being based on a concept by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, who along with Bill Gates started Microsoft in Albuquerque. In May 2007, two exhibits in the STARTUP Gallery won MUSE awards from the American Alliance of Museums: Pizza Run - A Slice of Programming won a Silver Level MUSE Award in the category of Interactive Kiosks, and the artifact theater Rise of the Machines won a Gold Level MUSE Award in the Multimedia Installations Category. The Fossileworks exhibit shows people removing material from fossilized dinosaur bones.
The museum currently hosts an exhibit entitled Wild Music, a highly interactive collection of both natural and artificial musical displays on the second floor, all with fully bilingual signage. Acoustical physics and musical theory are presented in various ways and from various parts of the world.
The Jurassic Super Giants exhibit features the complete skeletons of Seismosaurus, Saurophaganax, Stegosaurus, and one leg of a Brachiosaurus. In the museum's atrium is the skeleton of Stan, a Tyrannosaurus rex measuring forty feet (≈12.2 meters) in length and twelve feet (≈3.7 meters) in height, the second largest T. rex ever found.
Bronze statues of two dinosaurs created by artist David A. Thomas, a Pentaceratops named "Spike" and an Albertosaurus named "Alberta", stand at the entrance. Many dinosaur fossils have been found in New Mexico, and a few of the ones on display in the museum are only known from New Mexico.