New Mexico’s Seacoast: Interactions, Past and Present

September 15th, 1987 - December 31st, 1990 | PROJECT

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque will design and construct a 6,250 square foot permanent exhibit on the geology and biology of the intracontinental Cretaceous Period seacoast environment of New Mexico. Using more than 20 interactive exhibits as well as modern and extinct plant and animal species, visitors will experience and explore this ancient, yet familiar world and develop a sense of the relationships between past and present, living and dead, extinction and survival as well as the continuity of natural processes. The Museum will also construct related traveling exhibits for statewide display and install semi-permanent satellite exhibits in four communities that have relevant geologic and paleontologic resources. Exhibition designs will be based on formal and informal studies of exhibit effectiveness, systematic study of learning styles of visitors to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, and interaction with schools throughout New Mexico. This new natural history museum has an impressive staff, a record of institutional development and of state-wide community service, and a clear plan for carrying out informal science education with regional themes that serve the varied populations of New Mexico. The museum presently receives about 375,000 visits a year, of which 70,000 are in organized school groups with 45% Hispanic and/or Native American children. There is a substantial outreach program and extensive relationships with teachers and schools throughout the region. This $1.6-million exhibit project is supported by $840,000 of state funds and $500,000 in private contributions. A National Science Foundation award of $298,886 for FY87 is recommended.

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Team Members

Michael Judd, Principal Investigator, New Mexico Museum of Natural History
Caren Walt, Author, New Mexico Museum of Natural History
Jeffrey Gottfried, Co-Principal Investigator, New Mexico Museum of Natural History
David Gillette, Co-Principal Investigator, New Mexico Museum of Natural History


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 8751429
Funding Amount: 298866


Access and Inclusion: Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities | Indigenous and Tribal Communities
Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Geoscience and geography | Life science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits