Our mission at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation is to advance 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 community support.
The Foundation provides many services that support the Museum’s research and outreach mission either directly or indirectly: financial and marketing services, development/fundraising and all of the entrepreneurial enterprises at the Museum including the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater, the NatureWorks Discovery Store, the Museum Membership program, the Museum camp-in program, the on-site café, and special events.
Funds raised by special events benefit the Foundation and its efforts to support programs at the Museum. The annual black-tie gala, 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; while a silent auction raises significant funds that will ultimately further the objectives of the Museum.
A visit to the Museum allows visitors to explore a wide variety of natural history topics in a supportive and fun atmosphere. Discover the exciting world of super scientists 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, experience a cave with bats and stalagmite formations, study native New Mexican reptiles and amphibians of the past and today, and explore one of our many travelling exhibits. The Foundation plays a key role in providing the educational programs, transformative exhibitions, and enhanced guest experiences that have made the Museum a favorite destination in New Mexico.
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 the STEM Education Wing. This Wing will be a hands-on, hi-tech learning environment 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!