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Jun 17, 2022 through Mar 12, 2023
"Chocolate: The Exhibition" opens at the NM Museum of Natural History & Science
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

“Chocolate: The Exhibition” is nearly ready to open at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS), and we will have a few new treats for you to explore once it does. 

What: “Chocolate: The Exhibition,” is a traveling multimedia exhibition that engages the senses and traces the evolution of chocolate from a small, bitter seed found deep in the rainforest to the continent-spanning delicacy it is today. Visitors will be able to learn the biology behind cacao – the tropical seed that chocolate is derived from – while standing under a life-sized cacao tree, explore how cultures throughout history have used chocolate, and much, much more. 

The Museum is also thrilled to announce a series of chocolate-themed Family Days during the summer, fall, and winter, featuring family-friendly demonstrations, lectures, and other attractions. Check www.nmnaturalhistory.org for updates on chocolate-centric Family Days! 

Additionally, the Museum will host a chocolate-themed Relaxed Night on July 12, featuring lower-stimulation, sensory-friendly activities so that visitors who might get overwhelmed by crowds, sounds and flashing lights can experience the exhibition. More details are available at www.nmnaturalhistory.org/events/relaxed-nights-museum-3. 

NMMNHS is still seeking volunteers to assist with the exhibition. The Museum in need of Gallery Hosts for this large exhibit. Volunteers will be needed for 3 hour shifts from Wednesday through Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and evening special events. Anyone interested should email Volunteer Coordinator Kristin Hsueh at Kristin.Hsueh@state.nm.us. Learn more at www.nmnaturalhistory.org/content/volunteer-association. 

Who: “Chocolate: The Exhibition” and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum in Chicago. The Presenting Sponsor for the exhibition is Bank of Albuquerque and the Lead Sponsor is Albertson’s. Additional Sponsors include Thornburg Investment Management, Kirtland Federal Credit Union, and Cumulus Radio.   

Where: Visitors can find “Chocolate: The Exhibition” on the first floor of NMMNHS, located at 1801 Mountain Rd. NW in Albuquerque. Entry to the exhibition is included in Museum admission. 

When: “Chocolate: The Exhibition” opens on Friday, June 17, and runs through March 12, 2023. The Museum is open Wednesday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Tuesday. 

Why: Because who doesn’t love chocolate? 

For more information, contact Stephen Hamway at 505-412-3758 , stephen.hamway@state.nm.us

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