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Who We Are & What We Do

Foundation Mission
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit corporation  whose sole purpose is to further the cultural and scientific programs and purposes  of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. The Foundation’s objectives are to receive, raise and administer funds for the benefit of the Museum and to provide the Museum with a widespread base of support.

The Foundation provides many services that support the Museum’s research and outreach mission including: financial and marketing services, travel programs, several revenue-generating enterprises and development activities. Corporations, foundations and individuals throughout New Mexico continue to demonstrate financial commitment to the Museum, and the Foundation serves as the liaison between the Museum and donors. The Development Department conducts several activities in order to help facilitate the giving process.

Funds raised by special events benefit the Foundation and its efforts to support programs at the Museum. The annual gala black-tie fundraiser Chocolate Fantasy has become one of the premier parties in New Mexico. Mouth-watering chocolate creations by some of New Mexico’s finest chefs highlight the evening. A silent auction helps to raise a substantial amount of funds that ultimately go to further the cultural and scientific programs of the Museum.

A Message from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation President/CEO

I want to thank you for your interest in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation. The Foundation is committed to raising funds for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Your unrestricted gifts play a key role in providing the educational programs, transformative exhibitions, and enhanced guest experiences that have made the Museum a favorite destination. The Foundation also raises money from diverse sources including grants, special events, membership and annual giving.

The Foundation runs all of the entrepreneurial enterprises in the Museum including the NatureWorks Discovery Store, the Membership program, the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater (5 story screen theater), camp in program, and the museum cafe.

A visit to the Museum will allow you to explore natural history topics in a supportive and fun atmosphere. You will discover the exciting world of super scientists at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and become a paleontologist when you search for fossils. Travel deep into a volcano, blast off into space, explore the vastness of the universe in the Planetarium, learn about the beginning of the personal computer, experience a cave with bats and stalagmite formations, and study the exciting New Mexico reptiles and amphibians of today and long ago.

Our community supporters continue the mission of improving the Museum visitor’s experience through their numerous donations of money, time, and expertise. The Foundation Board works to develop dynamic programs and services to fit the ever-changing needs of our community and audience.

As science education becomes increasingly important to our competitiveness as a world-class city and nation, the Foundation and the Museum are partnering to develop classrooms of the future. The classrooms will be hands-on, hi-tech learning environments led by the best science educators, which we believe will serve to inspire our next generation of scientists and engineers.

Please join our ever-expanding membership program and be part of the fascinating world of natural history and science at our Museum, today and tomorrow.

Jotina Trussell NMMNHF President/CEO