Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

“Admission by Donation” for 4 days as Da Vinci Moves Out & $10 Museum/Planetarium Combo Ticket Debuts Labor Day

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

August 20, 2018


(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Following enormous popularity and public support for the Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition, held-over at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) through Wednesday, August 29, the Museum will offer four pay-what-you-can days to exhibits and planetarium shows Thursday through Sunday, August 30, 31, September 1 and 2 - which is the normal free Sunday for New Mexico residents. The DynaTheater will also be offering special discounted admission.

“We have all been immensely gratified to be able to bring the genius of da Vinci to so many New Mexicans during this exhibition – it’s the most people we’ve had in the museum since it opened 30 years ago,” said Margie Marino, Director of the NMMNHS. “Da Vinci closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29, and immediately we begin packing it up and shipping it on to the next stop. The museum will be rather noisy and chaotic those days while we dissemble the 10,000 square-foot-plus exhibition, there will be empty spaces, and a lot of noise. We thought this would be an opportunity to let people come and enjoy the facility and donate what they can for these days.”

From Thursday August 30 through Sunday September 2, contribute a donation to see all of the museum’s permanent exhibitions and one planetarium show. The DynaTheater will offer a special rate of $5 per person for all shows.

Beginning Labor Day, Monday, September 3, the Museum will return to regular museum admission pricing, with a new cost-saving ticketing option: a combination ticket for admission to both the Museum and the Planetarium. Currently the pricing structure for adults is $8 admission for the Museum and $7 for the Planetarium. Patrons will now be able to experience both for a combination $10 ticket for adults, $9 for seniors, and $7 for children. That will allow visitors to see any one of the five planetarium shows offered each day.


About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 1801 Mountain Road NW, northeast of Historic Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 841-2800.  Events, news releases and images about activities at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and other divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at



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