Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Announces Temporary Closure

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

February 25, 2021


The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) will close to the public beginning Friday, February 26, and will remain closed until Wednesday, March 17.

Earlier this week, four positive cases of COVID-19 were reported by staff members of the MNHS. In all cases, the virus was contracted outside the workplace.

In an abundance of caution, those working at NMMNHS since it reopened on February 17 are self-isolating for two weeks and have been asked to contact the New Mexico Department of Health if they experience any symptoms.

The highest priority of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is the health and safety of our visitors and staff, and we are taking every necessary precaution to prevent, manage, and mitigate the possibility of the virus spreading at one of our facilities. Staff and contractors at the facility are expected to utilize appropriate PPE and observe social distancing at all times.

DCA museums and historic sites comply with the NM Environment Department’s Rapid Response requirement to report positive cases among employees within four hours, even if they are not working on site.


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