New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

Museum Adds Interactive Volcano Exhibit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2019

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Andrea Jacquin
505-206-9144
andrea.jacquin@state.nm.us

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Visitors to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science can expect a more realistic and interactive experience when they visit the museum’s volcano exhibit this summer. The permanent exhibit titled “New Mexico: Land of Volcanoes” is undergoing a significant upgrade.

The volcano exhibit will be closed starting July 8 while improvements are being made and will reopen July 20.

“Visitors will be able to explore New Mexico’s unique geographic past. “40 million years ago there were multiple volcanic super eruptions in New Mexico. In the past few hundred thousand years there have been large out-pourings of lava and many cinder cone eruptions in New Mexico,” says research curator of Volcanology, Dr. Larry Crumpler. “These volcanoes are an important part of modern New Mexico’s landscape.”

The exhibit will include an interactive touch screen showing New Mexico’s numerous volcanoes. Look for enhancements and upgrades to the current exhibit. The exhibit will have new flooring with simulated interactive lava, new lighting and enhanced sound. “The Land of Volcanoes” exhibit will be open by July 20.

The Volcano exhibit is included in the museum’s regular admission. The changes are part of a series of improvements that will continue throughout the summer. The final product will be complete by the fall.

 

About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org.

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.

 

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