Celebrate National Fossil Day Oct. 12 and Attend ‘Startup Sendoff’. Courtesy photo
ALBUQUERQUE ― The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science announces the presentation of two special programs designed to expand access to the Museum and Tuesday closures designed to provide more flexibility in after hour access.
The first special program “Afternoon Science Adventures” celebrating National Fossil Day is 3-6 p.m., Oct. 12. The second special program “Startup Sendoff” is 5:30-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, to bid farewell to “StartUp,” the Museum’s computer revolution exhibition. The Museum will be closed every Tuesday beginning Tuesday, Oct. 11.
“Closing on Tuesdays allows our small staff more flexibility to stay open after school and, occasionally, in the evening. We’ll be able to increase staff support on the weekends to provide better service to our customers,” Museum Director Margie Marino said. “We’ll be able to use this day for construction projects, changing exhibitions, and other renovation efforts that are difficult to do when we are open.”
With greater access in mind, the Museum is announcing the first of what will be many “Afternoon Science Adventures” taking place 3-6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12. This first Afternoon Science Adventure will celebrate National Fossil Day and include hands-on fossil activities, a fossil identification station, Museum scientists sharing their fossil discoveries, and a special feature in Fossilworks where staff and volunteers will be able to show off their progress in preparing a recently-discovered baby Pentaceratops dinosaur. Admission to the National Fossil Day Adventure is free with paid museum admission.
National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. This day is an opportunity to remember that the Museum was founded to preserve fossil materials for the educational benefit of the people of New Mexico and to reflect on the Museum’s achievement in acquiring and preserving more than 100,000 scientific objects in its collections.
In addition, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is delighted to announce that the entire Museum will be open on select First Fridays and will include activities and lower prices for families, beginning Friday, Nov. 4. The next First Friday, “StartUp Sendoff,” is 5:30-9 p.m., Nov. 4, and features a final fling with the Exhibition “StartUp” the first museum exhibition dedicated to the microcomputer. Several institutions from around the state will host activities which explain how computers work and are used in modern technology.
Fractal Planetarium programs are available for the regular price of $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children. And the DynaTheater will also be open with a 6:30 p.m. program, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs for only $5. If the sky is clear, the museum observatory will be open 7-10 p.m., with an astronomy preview talk offered at 6 p.m. in the Museum’s new STEM Auditorium.
So, for this special “Startup Sendoff” you can tour the entire Museum and see a DynaTheater presentation on the large screen for what it normally cost to see just a movie. Admission to the Museum, Planetarium for Fractal Friday, and DynaTheater are all sold separately.