Science Geeks Top Sites to Visit in New Mexico

(in order of distance from Albuquerque)

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History (Albuquerque)
The nation’s only congressionally chartered museum in its field. An intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age. Exhibits spanning the early research of nuclear development through today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology. The museum is the only Smithsonian Affiliate Museum in the city of Albuquerque

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
The Museum’s permanent exhibit halls illustrate a journey through time, covering the birth of the Universe (≈13.6 billion years ago) to the Ice Age(≈10,000 years ago). Other permanent exhibits include a planetarium and a floor of exhibit galleries dedicated to astronomy and space exploration. STARTUP: Albuquerque and the Personal Computer Revolution, another exhibit, was dedicated to the history of the personal computer and operated for ten years, is based on a concept by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, who along with Bill Gates started Microsoft in Albuquerque. 

Bradbury Science Museum (Los Alamos)
The Bradbury Science Museum is your window into Los Alamos National Laboratory its national security mission, and the broad range of exciting science and technology research to improve our nation’s future. Approximately 40 interactive exhibits trace the history of the WWII Manhattan Project, highlight and Los Alamos National Laboratory’s current and historical research on life sciences, achievements in space, supercomputing, energy and the environment.

Very Large Array Radio Telescope (Magdalena)
The Very Large Array Radio Telescope facility is a two-hour drive from Albuquerque, 50 miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. The Visitor Center features an award-winning film narrated by Jodie Foster, plus exhibits describing radio astronomy and the VLA telescope. A self-guided walking tour features large, informative signs and takes you to the base of one of the giant dish antennas.

International Space Hall of Fame (Alamogordo)
The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a museum and planetarium complex in Alamogordo, New Mexico, dedicated to artifacts and displays related to space flight and the space age.  It includes the International Space Hall of Fame. The Museum of Space History highlights the role that New Mexico has had in the U. S. space program. The Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate.  

Spaceport America (Truth or Consequences)
As the nation’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, Spaceport America is designed with the needs of space tourism in mind. Unique geographic benefits, striking iconic design, and the tradition of New Mexico space leadership are coming together to create a new way to travel into space. Tenants of the spaceport include Virgin Galactic and SpaceX. Once on the grounds of Spaceport America’s futuristic 18,000-acre campus, guests will trek up Astronaut Walk for exclusive access to the inner workings of the commercial spaceport guided by expert aerospace and site operations crewmembers. Spaceport America is located about 60 miles north of Las Cruces off of Interstate 25.