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January 3 • First Sunday

January 9 • STARTUP Studio
3D Printing, Scanning, and Design

January 10 • Special Event
30th Anniversary Celebration

January 18 • Space Science Event
Lunar Monday

January 21 • Prehistoric Preschool
Session 1 First classes

January 21 and 24th • Short Preview Talk/Field Trip
Bosque del Apache Field Trip

January 22 • Curator’s Coffee
Search for Alien Planets

January 27 • Adult class-Art and Science
Minerals and Jewelry

Ongoing • Museum Exhibit Tours

Upcoming • New Exhibits
Top Secret: License to Spy
30 Years of Space Photography

Don’t Forget! • Junior Docent Program
Calling All Teens!

First Sundays

Sunday, January 3
9:00 am–5:00 pm
FREE Admission to the Museum for all New Mexico Residents

On the first Sunday of every month, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is free to all New Mexico residents. Bring NM ID or proof of residence; regular admission fees for DynaTheater and Planetarium shows. There will also be a guided tour of the museum starting @ 1:30; limited to first 14 participants ages 13 and up.

STARTUP Studio Workshops
For families (children ages 8 and up), students, and adults
Workshops are held in the Highlands Classroom at the Museum

3D Printing, Scanning, and Design
Saturday, January 9 • 1-4pm
Instructor: Allie Burnquist, New Mexico Highlands University AmeriCorps Intern

Learn how to scan and design objects for 3D printing.

Allie Burnquist is an AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Intern focusing on using art in STEM programming at the museum. She is a graduate of the New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts and Technology Program.

$15 (Members, 10% discount) for each class; pre-registration required. Go to
Questions: Contact August Wainwright at or call 505-841-2861.

Special Event

Celebrate our “Diamond Anniversary”- The 30th Anniversary of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
Sunday January 10, 2016 • Tiara Unveiling Ceremony at 2:00 pm

Welcome the Museum’s New Director
Celebrate our Smithsonian Affiliation
Participate in Family Activities
Demos and displays by The Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Club
Public Unveiling of The Smithsonian Post Tiara: A “Treasure from the Vault” of the National Museum of Natural History

Created in France around 1840, the silver and gold Post Tiara has 1,198 old mine and rose cut diamonds mounted on trembler springs to enhance their sparkle with movement. Purchased for the Smithsonian by Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1970, the tiara is on loan to us from the National Museum of Natural History to celebrate our 30th Anniversary and our status as a Smithsonian Affiliate.

All exhibits and events are included in general museum admission. Check the Museum website for more information about the special 30th Anniversary events on January 10th and throughout the 2016 year.

Space Science Event

Lunar Monday
January 18 from 7:00-8 p.m.

Canceled if the Sky is Cloudy

Join members of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and study the moon in the museum’s observatory. Different lunar features are highlighted each month. Also find out about other interesting objects in the current sky.

No registration required; Admission by Donation

Prehistoric Preschool
Prehistoric Preschool is a Museum program for 3- to 5- year-olds and their grown-ups to explore natural history topics in a supportive and fun atmosphere. All activities are child-centered, hands-on, and age appropriate. All class participants must be accompanied by an adult. No more than two children per adult companion and no more than two adults per child.

Spring Session 1: Dinosaur Detectives
Begins January 21st, 22nd, 23rd

Visit New Mexico’s prehistoric past with your junior paleontologist! We’ll travel through time to meet our state fossil from the Triassic, Coelophysis. We’ll stomp through the Jurassic swamps with Seismosaurus and Saurophaganax, and swim through our Cretaceous seas like a Mosasaur! We’ll discover what characteristics make a Pentacertops a dinosaur and why a Pterosaur is not a dinosaur!

Pre-registration is required; $90 for first child, $81 for second child in the same family. 10% discount for Museum members or Museum volunteers. Scholarships are available. Pro-rated registration is available after classes have started.

For more information or to Register for classes, go to
Questions: August Wainwright at or (505) 841-2861

Preview Talk & Field Trip

Birds of the Bosque del Apache

Preview talk: Thursday, January 21 • 7:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Trip Date: Sunday, January 24 • 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Depart Albuquerque/Return to Albuquerque)
Trip Leaders: Laurel Ladwig, Birder/Photographer and Tish Morris, Naturalist

Join us on a day-long journey and see thousands of birds at New Mexico’s own world-famous refuge south of Socorro. Drive there on your own OR come with us in the Museum van (limited van seats! You must let us know when you register). We will stop for a sack lunch (bring your own lunch) and then board a large, windowed Refuge bus for the afternoon. We will identify as many species of birds as we can until dusk. Trip includes a buffet dinner in Socorro.

Laurel Ladwig will give a Bosque del Apache preview talk for field trip participants on Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m. at the Museum.

Laurel Ladwig is a life-long birder and photographer. Tish Morris is a naturalist and retired Museum educator who has led many field trips for the Museum, including annual trips to Bosque del Apache.

No experience necessary—come and join the fun! Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 25 participants. Adults only.

Cost: $65 for the field trip and talk ($60 for members)
(Includes the preview talk, limited seats in the Museum vans, snacks, bus and tour guides at Bosque del Apache, and dinner in Socorro)

Go to for registration. Questions: call August Wainwright at 841-2861, or email

Curator’s Coffee
A Café Style Program; join us for a casual discussion followed by a themed tour. Limited to 15 people and includes coffee, light refreshments, and Museum admission.

The Search for Alien Planets
Friday, January 22, 2015-9:30am to 11am

Michelle Creech-Eakman, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Physics, New Mexico Tech

Science fiction has become science fact. We now know of more than 1400 planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy and much of that research is being done in New Mexico. What do these planets look like? How big are they? What type of stars do they orbit and what type of atmospheres do they have? What would it be like to visit them? What is the probability that they have life… perhaps intelligent life? Join Dr. Creech-Eakman for a fascinating voyage of the imagination to distant planets.

Dr. Michelle Creech-Eakman is an astrophysicist at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech). She is the Principal Investigator on the New Mexico Tech Extrasolar Spectroscopic Survey Instrument (NESSI) and Project Scientist of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer. She worked previously at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Lab, and earned her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Denver.

$8 (10% discount for members and Museum volunteers)
Pre-registration required. Limit 15 participants. To guarantee your place, register online, go to Questions: August Wainwright-email: or call (505) 841-2861

Adult Class – Art and Science

Creative Wire: Minerals and Jewelry
January 27th • 9:00–noon
Camille Argeanas, artist and Jayne Aubele, geologist

Learn a few fun things about New Mexico’s minerals and then create your own handcrafted wire jewelry for yourself or as gifts. No prior experience required. If you have taken this class previously, learn more and take home more finished jewelry.
This class is geared for adults and older children, ages 13 and above. The class fee includes all materials.

Camille Argeanas, a native New Mexican, is a nationally known artist who has transformed the use of wire to create jewelry.
Jayne Aubele is an Adult Programs Educator/Geologist at the Museum. Over the years, she has taught adult classes in all aspects of geology.

$45 (10% member discount); Pre-registration required. For more information or to guarantee your place in this class, register online, go to

Museum Tours

Museum Exhibit Tours

Mondays • 1:30–2:30 pm

Take a docent-led, fact-filled, fun, guided tour of the Museum exhibits; limited to first 14 participants ages 13 and up. Meet in the Atrium at the stadium seating. Free (with Museum Admission)

New Exhibits

Two new exhibits coming in February 2016

Top Secret: License to Spy

Uncover facts and learn about the science and technology of spying and espionage.
Watch for more information about the exhibit on our website

30 Years of Space Photography

We are proud to be the permanent home of a coveted collection of photographs that explores the convergence of science and art. Originally organized by Curator Jay Belloli and exhibited in Los Angeles and New York City, this collection includes the first photographs of each planet in our Solar System and chronicles the early U.S. spaceflight missions run by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA. Missions such as Lunar Surveyor, Mariner 9 and Voyager brought these worlds into close view for the very first time. The Museum has added images from Venus, rovers on Mars, and the New Horizons Mission to Pluto to complete this record of exploration.

Not only a scientific record, this collection can also be viewed as art. Los Angeles art critic Christopher Knight, wrote in the collection’s catalog, “… framed and hanging on the walls of a gallery, space photographs are transformed into aesthetic objects….”

Free (with museum admission); Watch for more information about the exhibit on our website

Don’t Forget!

Museum Junior Docents Applications accepted beginning February 1

Are you a teen entering 7th grade – 12th grade this fall and 13-17 years old?
Know anyone who is?

Join us on an adventure in science and technology as JUNIOR DOCENTS this summer!
Learn science content and put your customer service skills as you work as an educator in the Museum’s exhibit halls. Special projects are available to draw on your interests and skills, and the field trips are just one of the perks.

Applications accepted: February 1 – March 15, 2016 (If openings remain, applications will be accepted after this date)

Acceptance notification by April 15th.
Training Week – June 6-10, 2016
Work weeks: June 11- Aug 5, 2016

COST: $175
Visit for more information and applications or contact Kelly White, Junior Docent Coordinator at