New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Trip Start Aug 12, 2013
47Trip End Oct 02, 2013
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Ramada Albuquerque Airport
I went to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science today. BLM's web site said that the fossil tracks from Prehistoric Trackways National Monument are brought here and they can be viewed, by appointment. I asked about seeing the tracks when I first arrived. I was passed off to several people until someone eventually said he could handle the request. We went across the street to another of the museum's buildings. I saw lots of racks containing fossils, and some containing fossil tracks, but the person he wanted to pass me off to wasn't there. We wound up going back to the museum.
I didn't go through the museum in their recommended order. You're supposed to start on the second floor but I got sidetracked by exhibits on the first floor and didn't go upstairs until much later. I don't think going through in the wrong order mattered.
If you go through in the recommended sequence, it starts with an exhibit on the origins of life on Earth. The exhibit told the latest scientific theories and didn't make any concessions due to religion. Next are three exhibits of fossils from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Most of the fossils on display were found in New Mexico.
Next is a display on the Age of Volcanoes, the Cenozoic period. This lead into the Rise of the Recent display, which is also on the Cenozoic period. Then came a display on Caves during the Pleistocene period. The last display was about New Mexico's Ice Age, also during the Pleistocene period.
These displays were fine but my favorite display is one that was off to the side and isn't included in their Walk Through Time path through the museum. It was a display called Startup: The Computer Revolution. It turns out that Microsoft's first customer was MITS, who was an early personal computer company that was based in Albuquerque. Since MITS was such an important customer, Microsoft had their offices here for the first few years of the company's history. The display did a good job of presenting the history of the computing, in general, and Microsoft and the personal computer revolution, in particular. It was funded by Paul Allen, one of the founders of Microsoft.
I used up all of my time in the museum and never got around to trying, again, to see the dinosaur tracks from Prehistoric Trackways National Monument.