About Us

Mission Statement:  The Foundation is dedicated to advancing the educational, scientific, and cultural programs of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science by raising funds and generating 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 Verus Research DynaTheater, the NatureWorks Discovery Store, the Museum Membership 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 fundraiser, Chocolate Fantasy, has become one of the premier events 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, and study native New Mexican reptiles and amphibians of the past and today. 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 partnered to develop the STEM Education Wing.  This Wing is 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.  This Wing also serves as a host for many educational events.


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