Watch Dinosaurs, take a Planetary Adventure and Pet Snakes – Oh the Choices!
Albuquerque has quite a few museums but if you want to watch dinosaurs, learn about the stars and have your heart set on petting snakes, you will want to go to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. They do have a really big exhibit about the super giants. The second floor starts with a walk through time which takes you through billions of years of New Mexico history from the formation of the universe to the present. Here you will see many species of dinosaurs from fish to amphibians to birds. This local San Antonio influencer and travel writer enjoyed this part of the museum best. Pretty scary looking into the jaws of a 40 foot long, 12 foot high T. Rex.
Be sure to experience the Lockheed Martin Dynatheater, an immersive digital 3D experience. Take a trip into the planetarium to discover the constellations & stars. You will learn something about space research here too. This amazing theater mixes art, science and fun for all ages to enjoy. You can even view the sun or moon during the observatory’s open hours.
You then continue your walk through time on the first floor. Here you travel through the age of volcanoes, on to the Rise of the Recent (cenozoic), the Cave (pleistocene) and the New Mexico Ice Age (pleistocene).
While taking this “short” trip through time you will pass Fossilworks where you can watch scientists extracting dinosaur fossils from the rock matrix that has encased them for millions of years.
The museum has changing exhibits like Wild Music, an exhibit of sounds, music, singing birds, animal and different musical instruments, which we caught while there. Whales compose, bullfrogs chorus, songbirds greet the dawn, and people everywhere sing and dance. What do we all have in common? Long before the advent of iTunes, the musical instinct ran deep. It shows you the many ways sounds impact our world.
And what about the snakes you ask? Well they do have an interactive snake exhibit where you can hold and pet snakes. That’s where I found my husband hanging out with children and a snake on his shoulders. I didn’t even know he was a snake man!
Before you leave, go have a snack and soda at the cafe. Then check out the gift shop and pick up a rock or mineral sample as a souvenir.
Location: 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hours: Open daily 9am to 5pm (Closed on major holidays)