Free Admission to NM Museum of Natural History & Science: March 1

February 26, 2015 by  
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New Mexico residents get in free to The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on the first Sunday of every month.  So the next free admission day is this Sunday March 1, 2015, from 9 am to 5 pm.

This Sunday March 1 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, they’ll also have a special event to celebrate the special exhibit “Birds of Paradise.”  You’ll be able to meet New Mexico bird experts as well as learn how New Mexico is working to protect our New Mexico birds.  Karen Herzenberg, a naturalist who serves on the advisory committee for New Mexico Master Naturalist Program, will share her knowledge about the fascinating Florence Merriam Bailey.  Bailey is the author of “Birds Through an Opera Glass” (1889) and “Birds of New Mexico” (1928).  The presentation will be geared for children and families from 11:00 to noon.   From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, the presentation will be geared for adults.

You can visit the other museum’s displays for free, including their core exhibits which offer a journey through billions of years of New Mexico’s natural history, from the formation of the universe to the present day.   Don’t forget the Naturalist Center room for kids to see specimens and go ‘hands-on’ with exhibits.

To get free admission on the first Sunday of the month, take your New Mexico ID.  The free admission day saves $7 per adult (aged 13-59), $6 for seniors aged 60+, and $4 for kids (aged 3-12) on the usual ticket price.

Even with the freebie, you have to pay regular admission if you want to go in to the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater or the Planetarium.

New Mexico resident seniors age 60+ also continue to get free admission every Wednesday to the NM Museum of Natural History and Science.

New Mexico Museum of Natural and Science is located in Albuquerque Old Town at 1801 Mountain Road NW.

–Tania


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Blue Star Free Museums Admission for Active Military Summer 2014

July 13, 2014 by  
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Participating Albuquerque museums and others across New Mexico offer free admission to military personnel and family members, through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

The terrific Blue Star Museums initiative is a partnership between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and 2,000+ museums and monuments nationwide, to give free admission to active duty military personnel and their families. Be sure to take advantage of this discount before it ends on September 1, 2014.

The free admission is for the military ID holder plus up to 5 immediate family members, defined as a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, and grandparents etc. Families of deployed military can still benefit from the offer with the required documentation. Some special museum exhibits may not be included in the program. And – sorry! – the offer isn’t for veterans.

The Blue Star Museums FAQ gives full details on who is eligible and the required ID – please read those before setting off!

Here’s the list of participating New Mexico Museums and state monuments- but keep checking the Blue Star Museums page, more might join later (we can only hope!):

Albuquerque museums:

Santa Fe museums:

Other New Mexico museums:

–Tania
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Free Admission to NM Museum of Natural History & Science: July 6

June 30, 2014 by  
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New Mexico residents get in free to The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on the first Sunday of every month.  So the next free admission day is this Sunday July 6, 2014, from 9 am to 5 pm.

This Sunday July 6 between 1:30 and 2:30 pm, they’ll also be offering a free guided tour of the museum exhibits, although it’s limited to 14 participants,  for ages 13+. It’s a first-come, first-served basis, so I’d ask about it as soon as you arrive at the museum.

You can visit the  museum’s displays for free, including T-Rex Attack and the Naturalist Center room for kids to see specimens and go ‘hands-on’ with exhibits.

To get free admission on the first Sunday of the month, take your New Mexico ID.  The free admission day saves $7 per adult (aged 13-59), $6 for seniors aged 60+, and $4 for kids (aged 3-12) on the usual ticket price.

Even with the freebie, you have to pay regular admission if you want to go in to the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater or the Planetarium.

New Mexico resident seniors age 60+ also continue to get free admission every Wednesday to the NM Museum of Natural History and Science.

New Mexico Museum of Natural and Science is located in Albuquerque Old Town at 1801 Mountain Road NW.

–Tania

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ABQ Museum Free Evening: ABQ Poet Laureate & Hip Hop

October 15, 2013 by  
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The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History offers free evening admission on select Thursdays (usually the third Thursday of each month), with talks and special events on those evenings.

The next Albuquerque Museum free Thursday evening is this Thursday October 17, 2013. There is no charge for admission from 5 pm and hours are extended until 8:30 pm.

Albuquerque poet laureate Hakim Bellamy has designed the event for this month’s free Thursday evening on October 17.  Of course you’ll be able to hear poetry performances throughout the evening, as well as listen to music and watching dancers from hip hop dance crews. There will also be a chance to participate in an artist–led mural inside the museum.  The community night provides a great opportunity to check out the current gallery exhibit African American Art in the 20th Century, on tour from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

In between the activities, visitors can grab a snack at the Slate at the Museum cafe and browse the museum gift store.

Admission to the Albuquerque Museum is also free on:

  • Saturdays from 2 pm to 5 pm – this is a new free afternoon that they’ve recently added!
  • Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm
  • All day on the first Wednesday of the month

Even on free days and evenings, expect to pay the usual fees for special exhibits.

The regular admission price is:

  • $4 for adults, or $3 for New Mexico residents with ID. (Ages 13 – 64)
  • BUT out-of-state visitors can get the same $3 deal for adults/teens if they buy tickets to Albuquerque Museum online and print them out at home.
  • $2 for seniors (65+) wherever you hail from
  • $1 for kids aged 4-12.
  • Children aged 3 and under go free.

If you’re visiting Albuquerque so don’t know your way around these parts, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at the corner of Mountain Road and 19th Street, in Albuquerque Old Town.

–Tania

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Smithsonian Day Free Admission to NM Museums: Sept 28

September 23, 2013 by  
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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day gives free admission to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, El Rancho de las Golondrinas and more, when you use the free admission coupon to print out or show on your smartphone.

Two people get free admission to participating museums across the country on Saturday September 28, 2013, on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.   Albuquerque museums joining the party are:

  • The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
  • Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

You can’t just turn up and get in free. Sign up for a Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day free admission ticket and they’ll email it to you. The ticket covers two people’s admission and is only valid on Saturday September 28, 2013. Some museums allow you to show the ticket on your smart phone to save printing it out. (Check the relevant museum page at the participating New Mexico Museums link to see if they offer that option.)

Other New Mexico museums offering the free admission are:

  • El Rancho de las Golondrinas (Santa Fe)
  • Bradbury Science Museum (Los Alamos)
  • Los Alamos Historical Museum (Los Alamos)
  • Kit Carson Home and Museum (Taos)
  • Haak’u Museum (Acoma Pueblo)
  • Hubbard Museum of the American West (Ruidoso Downs)
  • Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art (Roswell)
  • Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum (Tucumcari)
  • University Museum, New Mexico State University (Las Cruces)
  • Western Heritage Museum Complex and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame (Hobbs)

Savvy cheapos might use their ticket for the higher cost museums – such as the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, especially as it does not have a regular free admission day. But however you spend it, enjoy your free museum day!

–Tania

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Go Free to NM Museum Natural History & Science Sept 1 and Coprolites

August 29, 2013 by  
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New Mexico residents get in free to The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on the first Sunday of every month.  So the next free admission day is this Sunday September 1, 2013, from 9 am to 5 pm.

This Sunday September 1 the museum is also hosting a free event about coprolites – or fossilized poop to you and me. They are imaginatively calling this event: On the Origin of Feces.  Whoever thought up that name playing on Darwin’s On the Origin of Species deserves a raise.

The On the Origin of Feces event runs from 12 noon to 4 pm. During that time you can meet Dr. Adrian Hunt, a scientist who specializes in the study of fossilized dinosaur poop. Dr. Hunt will explain why the study of old dinosaur and animal scat is so important. In case you’re not convinced yet, you’ll also be able to see specimens of coprolites from animals like bear, turkey, fox, deer, rabbit and coyote.

If you want to see the new Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at a discount, the first Sunday of the month also offers the chance to do just that. See my earlier post on the Titanic Exhibit on the Cheap.

Of course, you can also visit the  museum’s regular displays for free, including T-Rex Attack and the Naturalist Center room for kids to see specimens and go ‘hands-on’ with exhibits.

To get free admission on the first Sunday of the month, take your New Mexico ID.  The free admission day saves $7 per adult (aged 13-59), $6 for seniors aged 60+, and $4 for kids (aged 3-12) on the usual ticket price.

Even with the freebie, you have to pay regular admission if you want to go in to the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater or the Planetarium.

New Mexico resident seniors age 60+ also continue to get free admission every Wednesday to the NM Museum of Natural History and Science.

New Mexico Museum of Natural and Science is located in Albuquerque Old Town at 1801 Mountain Road NW.

–Tania

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ABQ Museum Free Evening: Chatter 20-21

August 13, 2013 by  
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Chatter 20-21 encourages everyone in this free evening event to Slow Down, Albuquerque!

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History offers free evening admission on select Thursdays (usually the third Thursday of each month), with talks and special events on those evenings.

The next Albuquerque Museum free Thursday evening is this Thursday August 15, 2013. There is no charge for admission from 5 pm and hours are extended until 8:30 pm.

During this free Thursday on August 15, you can experience the music and art fusion event: Slow Down, Albuquerque, featuring music by Chatter 20-21. The idea is to, yes, slow down and take time out to relax while being inspired by the art of the Perceptions of the Western Landscape exhibit, while musicians from Chatter 20-21 perform Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel and John Tavener’s Funeral Canticle.

Chatter 20-21 is so named because the chamber ensemble performs works from the 20th and 21st centuries. This Slow Down, Albuquerque! performance will include a chorus of 24 voices in addition to strings and celeste. Visitors can sit in the gallery on the floor to view the art and take in the music (a very few chairs will be available) or just wander through all dreamy and enjoy the experience that way.

Chatter 20-21 also performs at venues including The Kosmos, but tickets usually start at around $15, so here’s your chance to hear them for free! After you’ve been soothed and inspired, visitors can also grab a snack at the Slate at the Museum cafe and browse the museum gift store.

Admission to the Albuquerque Museum is also free on:

  • Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm
  • All day on the first Wednesday of the month

Even on free days and evenings, expect to pay the usual fees for special exhibits.

The regular admission price is:

  • $4 for adults, or $3 for New Mexico residents with ID.
  • BUT out-of-state visitors can get the same $3 deal for adults if they buy tickets to Albuquerque Museum online and print them out at home.
  • $2 for seniors (65+) wherever you hail from
  • $3 for youngsters aged 13-18
  • $1 for kids aged 4-12.
  • Children aged 3 and under go free.

If you’re visiting Albuquerque so don’t know your way around these parts, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at the corner of Mountain Road and 19th Street, in Albuquerque Old Town.

–Tania

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Free Admission to NM Museum of Natural History & Science: August 4

August 2, 2013 by  
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New Mexico residents get in free to The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on the first Sunday of every month.  So the next free admission day is this Sunday August 4, 2013, from 9 am to 5 pm.

This Sunday August 4 between 1:30 and 2:30 pm, they’ll also be offering a free guided tour of the museum exhibits, although it’s limited to 14 participants,  for ages 13+. It’s a first-come, first-served basis, so I’d ask about it as soon as you arrive at the museum.

If you want to see the new Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at a discount, the first Sunday of the month also offers the chance to do just that. See my earlier post on the Titanic Exhibit on the Cheap.

Of course, you can also visit the  museum’s regular displays for free, including T-Rex Attack and the Naturalist Center room for kids to see specimens and go ‘hands-on’ with exhibits.

To get free admission on the first Sunday of the month, take your New Mexico ID.  The free admission day saves $7 per adult (aged 13-59), $6 for seniors aged 60+, and $4 for kids (aged 3-12) on the usual ticket price.

Even with the freebie, you have to pay regular admission if you want to go in to the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater or the Planetarium.

New Mexico resident seniors age 60+ also continue to get free admission every Wednesday to the NM Museum of Natural History and Science.

New Mexico Museum of Natural and Science is located in Albuquerque Old Town at 1801 Mountain Road NW.

–Tania

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ABQ Museum Free Evening: Fusion Theatre Play

July 16, 2013 by  
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Watch a Sam Shepard play and see artist Larry Bob Phillips at work on a painting during July’s free evening admission at the museum!

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History offers free evening admission on select Thursdays (usually the third Thursday of each month), with talks and special events on those evenings.

The next Albuquerque Museum free Thursday evening is this Thursday July 18, 2013. There is no charge for admission from 5 pm and hours are extended until 8:30 pm.

During this free Thursday, you can watch the artist Larry Bob Phillips create a landscape-inspired painting on the Museum’s lobby wall and hear him talk about his work. The artist teaches at Central New Mexico Community College and he specializes in mural-like paintings and drawings.

At 7 pm, FUSION Theatre Company will present the one-man play Kicking a Dead Horse by Sam Shepard. The play’s Old West theme is about a western art dealer who now wants to live the same kind of life he sees portrayed in the Old West art. (Some adult language is involved!) Although it’s free to watch the play, seating is limited and the free tickets will be given out one hour before the performance.

Visitors can also check out the exhibit Changing Perceptions of the Western Landscape, grab a snack at the Slate at the Museum cafe and browse the museum gift store.

Admission to the Albuquerque Museum is also free on:

  • Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm
  • All day on the first Wednesday of the month

Even on free days and evenings, expect to pay the usual fees for special exhibits.

The regular admission price is:

  • $4 for adults, or $3 for New Mexico residents with ID.
  • BUT out-of-state visitors can get the same $3 deal for adults if they buy tickets to Albuquerque Museum online and print them out at home.
  • $2 for seniors (65+) wherever you hail from
  • $3 for youngsters aged 13-18
  • $1 for kids aged 4-12.
  • Children aged 3 and under go free.

If you’re visiting Albuquerque so don’t know your way around these parts, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at the corner of Mountain Road and 19th Street, in Albuquerque Old Town.

–Tania

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ABQ Museum Free Evening: Western Family Night

June 19, 2013 by  
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Learn to line dance and listen to live music in the amphitheater on Western Family Night!

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History offers free evening admission on select Thursdays (usually the third Thursday of each month), with talks and special events on those evenings.

The next Albuquerque Museum free Thursday evening is this Thursday June 20, 2013. There is no charge for admission from 5 pm and hours are extended until 8:30 pm.

This Thursday’s evening will be themed as a Western Family Night! Yee-ha!

Listen to live western country music in the museum’s Amphitheater, with Syd Masters and the Swing Riders at 5:45 pm and 6:45 pm, then The Saltine Ramblers take the stage at 7:45 pm.

If you need a little brush-up on your country line dancing, they’ll have free line dance lessons at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Other Western Family Night hands-on activities in the galleries include some make-and-take projects.

Visitors can also check out the exhibit Changing Perceptions of the Western Landscape, grab a snack at the Slate at the Museum cafe and browse the museum gift store.

Admission to the Albuquerque Museum is also free on:

  • Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm
  • All day on the first Wednesday of the month

Even on free days and evenings, expect to pay the usual fees for special exhibits.

The regular admission price is:

  • $4 for adults, or $3 for New Mexico residents with ID.
  • BUT out-of-state visitors can get the same $3 deal for adults if they buy tickets to Albuquerque Museum online and print them out at home.
  • $2 for seniors (65+) wherever you hail from
  • $3 for youngsters aged 13-18
  • $1 for kids aged 4-12.
  • Children aged 3 and under go free.

If you’re visiting Albuquerque so don’t know your way around these parts, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at the corner of Mountain Road and 19th Street, in Albuquerque Old Town.

–Tania

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