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Museums to admit N.M. residents free

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The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science has a new admissions policy that will make the museum and Sandia Mountain Natural History Center more accessible to New Mexico residents.

Both the museum, at 1801 Mountain NW, and the Natural History Center, at 60 Columbine Lane in Cedar Crest, will be free to New Mexico residents (with ID) the first Sunday of every month. (Entrance into the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater and Planetarium will be at regular admission fees.)

Previously not open to the general public, the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is an award-winning environmental education center in the Sandia Mountains just east of Albuquerque. The 128-acre piƱon-juniper forest is owned by Albuquerque Public Schools and operated by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. The facility will now be open to the public the first Sunday of every month.

The center has more than five miles of hiking trails for self-guided hikes, a bird blind and a picnicking site. Each first Sunday a presentation will be offered from 10-11 a.m. A solar telescope will be available for safe viewing from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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