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A Virtual Tour of
the New Mexico Museum of Natural History
Albuquerque, NM
"Home of the Jurassic Super Giants"

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Beginning with the formation of the universe and ending with the present day, the Museum takes you on a journey through time that emphasizes the natural history of New Mexico and the Southwest, including lots of dinosaurs!

You won’t find it at the American Museum of Natural History, nor at the Smithsonian, or the Field Museum. You will only find the world’s longest dinosaur – Seismosaurus – at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque, NM.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science's completely remodeled Jurassic Super Giants Hall features two super giant New Mexican dinosaurs locked in mortal combat.

Seismosaurus – (SIZE-mo-sore-us) means “earthquake lizard,” in reference to its enormous size and speculation that it must have shaken the ground when it walked. It was 110 feet long, the longest land animal of all time and is estimated to have weighed about 30 tons when it was alive. It was a super giant dinosaur that was a plant eater and lived 150 million years ago during the Jurassic period. Scientists estimate that it was probably over 300 years old when it died. Also known as “Sam”, “Stretch” or just plain “Seismo”, it was found in 1979 by two hikers near San Ysidro, Sandoval County, New Mexico, on Bureau of Land Management land. Seismo has only been found in New Mexico and it took seven years to collect the huge fossil bones. The fossils have been excavated, prepared, studied and now exhibited at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Scientists from all over the world have come to NMMNHS to study “Seismo”.

Saurophaganax – (sore-oh-FAG-uh-nax) means “reptile eater,” in reference to it having been a fierce Jurassic predator. More fearsome than T-Rex in that it’s front limbs were highly functional and capable of grasping it’s prey. At 40 feet in length and 3 tons in length it was the largest Jurassic meat-eating dinosaur. Lived 150 million years ago but was not as long-lived as Seismosaurus. Found by NMMNHS volunteers in New Mexico west of Albuquerque on Bureau of Land Management land. “S’nax,” as he is affectionately called, has also been found in Oklahoma, but is quite rare and known from only a few fossil localities. The only NM fossil was excavated, prepared, studied and is now exhibited at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

The exhibit includes replicas of the skeletons of these two super giant dinosaurs as well as the real fossils that were found in New Mexico. This permanent remodeling of the Jurassic Hall will be the only exhibit in the world featuring these two dinosaurs.

The exhibit also includes a Stegosaurus skeleton, real dinosaur footprints, real fossil fish, replicas of fossil birds, rockwork, artificial ancient plants and two large murals of dinosaurs.

Address & Phone
1801 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone: 505-841-2800


 

Directions
From I-25, go west on I-40. Exit at Rio Grand Blvd turning south, left at the stop light at the bottom of the off ramp. Turn east, left at the stop light at Mountain Rd. Turn left again, north on 18th St. There is parking on the north side of the Museum.

Hours & Admission
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Non-Holiday Mondays in September and January.
Museum admission prices are $6 for adults, $5 for Seniors and $3 for Children.

The Lockheed Martin Dynatheater is currently showing three giant screen films at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Please check the current listings at www.NMNaturalHistory.org or call (505) 841-2800.

DynaTheater tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Please note we stop selling tickets to each film 10 minutes before the hour and there is no late seating.

NatureWorks, the Museum store, and Café Sensations at the Museum are open during the Museum’s regular hours.

The Museum is accessible to all visitors.

The Museum has wheelchairs that are available at no charge and children’s dinosaur strollers are available for rent.

The Museum is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the State of New Mexico.

For more information go to www.NMNaturalHistory.org

 

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