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About the Museum

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is one of 15 divisions of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The Museum is composed of:

  • The Museum of Space History. Contains exhibitions ranging from Robert Goddard's early rocket experiments near Roswell to a mock-up of the International Space Station.
  • The International Space Hall of Fame. Commemorates the achievements of men and women who have furthered humanity's exploration of space.
  • The John P. Stapp Air & Space Park. Displays larger exhibits, such as the Apollo program's Little Joe II rocket and the rocket sled that "Fastest Man Alive" Stapp rode to 632 mph.
  • Daisy Track. Commemorates aeromedical and space related tests which were crucial in developing components for NASA's Project Mercury orbital flights and the Project Apollo moon landings.
  • The Clyde W. Tombaugh Education Center. Home to the museum’s Education programs, the Center includes classrooms for on-site group and summer camp programs, the education and marketing offices, and the New Horizons Theater. The extra wide hallways at the Center showcase the Smithsonian exhibit Earth from Space and, in the lobby, the interactive exhibit Magic Planet.
  • The New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium. Named for the spacecraft that flew by Pluto in 2015, it is the first dome theater in the world to feature the Spitz SciDome 4k Laser fulldome planetarium system. The theater offers giant screen films, full dome digital planetarium shows and live star talks.
  • Astronaut Memorial Garden. A tribute to the Apollo 1 and Space Shuttle Challenger & Columbia astronauts.
  • The Hubbard Space Science Research Building. Home to the Museum's new archives and library and Curatorial Department. Researchers and students will find an academic-based collection of New Mexico space history, Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range information and photos, as well as NASA publications, photos, and collections. In addition, the building houses the museum’s small artifacts and collections.
  • The Museum Support Center. The facility where Museum employees and volunteers conserve and restore the many large artifacts exhibited at the Museum.

The mission of the museum is to educate the people of New Mexico and our visitors from around the world in the history, science, and technology of space. The museum stresses the significant role that the state of New Mexico has played in the development of the U.S. Space Program through collecting, preserving, and interpreting significant artifacts relevant to the history of space.



The New Mexico Museum of Space History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

AAM Accreditation is a seal of approval from the museum field that recognizes a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. It also signifies that a museum fulfils its obligations to the public as set forth in its mission.

Developed and sustained by museum professionals for 35 years, AAM's museum accreditation program is the field's primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability. It strengthens individual museums and the entire field by promoting ethical and professional practices.