natural history museum

V.20 No.36 | 9/8/2011

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Dino Maize Maze

Rio Grande Community Farm's annual Maize Maze is a disorienting romp through seven acres of carefully coiffed corn. This year, however, the farm teams up with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science to create a dinosaur-themed maze, complete with prehistoric play like an all-new dino hunt. Until Oct. 31, the maze is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children. For more info and to buy tickets online, you can visit

V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011

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First Friday Fractals

Say that 10 times fast. After that, head down to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History's Planetarium (1801 Mountain NW) for its super-successful First Friday Fractals. A fractal is a geometric shape that can be split into smaller, equal parts—theoretically, forever. Picture a snowflake or a crystal. It just so happens these mathematical wonders look absolutely amazing on a big screen, like a Fear and Loathing-inspired acid trip without the nasty side effects or legal run-ins. The visual escapade plays today at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. These do sell out regularly. For more information and to secure tickets, visit