New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

The Bisti Beast Meets Godzilla

June 07, 2019


(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- New Mexico’s Bisti Beast will be welcomed home with Japanese performances and food at a celebration June 22 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. The museum’s newest attraction, the Bisti Beast is a robotic dinosaur based on the skull found in the Four Corners area of New Mexico. The robotic dinosaur was made in Japan and is a permanent exhibit at the museum. (*see below for media resources)

“The Bistihieversor is actually unique to New Mexico. The realism of the dinosaur will really make it come to life for people,” said David Lundy, exhibit curator at the museum.

The evening of the event, the museum will screen the film Godzilla Vs. Mothra in the Dynatheater. In the 1992 film, Battra and Mothra must stop Godzilla from attacking Yokohama, the second largest city in Japan. Admission to the film is $5. Food will be available for purchase the night of the event.

The museum will be open to the public for free with Japanese entertainment included. The Japanese drumming group New Mexico Taiko Group will perform. The New Mexico Taiko group was founded in 1981 through the New Mexico Japanese American Citizens league. The group continues to preserve the cultural tradition of Japanese drumming. Members wear the traditional kimono attire and perform choreographed drumming.

The celebration will also include martial arts performances. There will be Japanese origami, handmade crafts and books for sale as well.


Link to this release & image(s):

Video link: Approved for Media Use by the NM Dept. of Cultural Affairs

(included interviews) David Lundy, Curator of Exhibits

Dr. Thomas Williamson, Curator of Paleontology

Megumi Katabira, Manager Kokoro Company


About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science:

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the board of trustees of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation, through the generous support of donors.

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.

1801 Mountain Road NW, northeast of Historic Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 841-2800.  Open seven days a week 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 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


Related Photos

30-NMMNHS- Godzilla vs. Mothra movie poster
Opening day of the “A Great Journey of Dinosaurs” exhibit at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Fukui, Japan, July 7, 2016, in front of the animatronics Bistahieversor sealeyi, a tyrannosaur dinosaur known only from New Mexico.

Back to Press Release List »