Hitting the Trail: New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

Hitting the Trail is a weekly feature here at Mud Puddles to Meteors. In each post we will share trails, parks, and museums from around the country (and sometimes even beyond). If you would like to join in and share a special nature location please send us an email at kidsandnature@gmail.com with the details listed at the bottom of the post and links to the photos. We would love to share your nature adventure!


New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Walking through the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science felt more like an adventure through time than a trip to the museum. With something spectacular around each bend, the kids found it hard to contain their excitement to see what was next. We could easily have spent the entire day roaming through the rooms and corridors, moving from one era to the next; checking out fossils spanning the ages, seeing life recreated with full sized specimens, walking through caves and volcanoes, checking out minerals, studying our local geology, marveling at live specimens in the nature lab and so much more. After an entire morning at the museum we feel as if we have only just scratched the surface.

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Location: New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science in old town Albuquerque, New Mexico

Favorite Animal & Plant Life: The large dinosaur fossils were favorite with the kiddos; Seismosaurus and the Age of Super Giants Hall was a show stopper for sure. We also spent a lot of time learning about New Mexico’s Seacoast of the Cretaceous Period; the ocean is always a source of interest for us and it was fascinating to learn about the amazing creatures living in this region when much of it was covered by an inland sea- so very different from the world we see now.

Special Features: While the exhibits in the museum were exceptional, we also really enjoyed walking outside the museum where they had rocks, plants and trees labeled. The signs helped us to identify some of the plants we had been seeing out on the trail. That was a pleasant surprise and much appreciated.

Best Time of Year to Visit: With the exception of seeing the native plant garden, this museum would be wonderful to visit year-round. We were there on a Saturday morning and felt as if we had the museum to ourselves, although I am sure it would  be much busier during the summer months when more tourists arrive.

4 comments… add one

  • Wendy N November 19, 2013, 8:01 am

    The plant garden with the native plants labeled sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    • dawn November 21, 2013, 6:29 am

      It was very neat. It is always a treat to learn about native plants and animals.

  • tamara November 23, 2013, 9:44 am

    Oh my goodness, my boys would have loved this! Yes, me too. :) It just amazes me to think these giants once roamed the earth. Incredible. The skeletons (replicas??) are quite something and it really puts size into perspective. I remember when Sue the TRex came to the history museum here and I couldn’t believe how massive she was. Just a little intimidating.

    I love seeing the plant and animal fossils and someday dream of finding one myself (probably more a plant fossil).

    • dawn & annie November 25, 2013, 7:19 am

      Yes! They would have loved it.
      The Seismosaurus made Sue look small – just amazing.
      I think it was at Blue Beach that they found that amazing amphibian fossil. You never know!

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