About the Museum

Our Mission

To inspire and educate, to promote and preserve, and to honor the pioneers of space exploration.

Our Vision

To bring the history of mankind’s exploration of air and space to New Mexico and to show the world New Mexico’s key role in mankind’s past, present and future pursuit of the frontiers of air and space.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Governor’s Commission to the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Programs and exhibits are supported by the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation through the generous support of donors.

Dedicated October 5, 1976, as the International Space Hall of Fame, the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s mission is to inspire and educate, to promote and preserve, and to honor the pioneers of space exploration.

A Smithsonian Affiliate, the museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and 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 museum campus facility includes: the Museum of Space History, International Space Hall of Fame, John P. Stapp Air & Space Park, Daisy Track, Clyde W. Tombaugh Education Center, New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium, Astronaut Memorial Garden, Hubbard Space Science Research Building, and Museum Support Center.

3198 State Route 2001 | Alamogordo, NM 88310 (Mailing: PO Box 5430, Alamogordo, NM 88311-5430)
For more information: (575) 437-2840 or toll-free 1-877-333-6589.
Hours 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Monday and Wednesday-Saturday, Noon – 5:00 p.m. Sunday (closed Tuesday), closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Events, news releases and images about activities at the New Mexico Museum of Space History and other divisions in the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at media.newmexicoculture.org

NMMSH is one of 15 divisions of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

Created in 1978 by the New Mexico Legislature, the Department of Cultural Affairs represents New Mexico’s dedication to preserving and celebrating the cultural integrity and diversity of our state. The Department oversees a broad range of New Mexico’s arts and cultural heritage agencies. These include 15 divisions representing a variety of programs and services.

Among its primary functions is the management of the largest state-sponsored museum system in the country. Additional divisions of the Department support the unique cultural, historical, and artistic heritage of the state as well as the operations of the Department.

NMMSH is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate.

Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term partnerships with museums and educational organizations. Through the Affiliate network, the Smithsonian shares collections, exhibitions, and research expertise with affiliated partners so that local communities can experience the Smithsonian in their neighborhoods. Smithsonian Affiliations also reaches across the country with special educational programs designed for museums, schools, and centers serving learners of all ages.

NMSH is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

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 fulfills 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.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and its member institutions – science centers and science museums around the world – are committed to advancing public understanding of science and contributing to the development of a scientifically literate society.

The International Space Hall of Fame Foundation supports the museum.

The International Space Hall of Fame Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support the New Mexico Museum of Space History. It provides major funding for the museum’s education and exhibition programs. For more information about the ISHFF and how you can help, visit https://www.spacehalloffame.org/

New Mexico Museum of Space History Governor’s Commission

The Governor’s Commission is the group appointed by the Governor comprised of leaders in the scientific, education and political communities responsible for the oversight of the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. In keeping with a desire to fulfill their duties as representatives of the public trust, this direct email link has been added to our site. All emails received will be directly forwarded, and distributed to the respective Commissioners. Please note your name and district of residence in your email. Your suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Jill Gutierrez – Member, District 7
Jim Hayhoe – Member, At- Large
Dr. William Dettmer – Chairman, District 3
Michael Kelley – Vice-Chair, District 7

Ed Brabson – Member, District VI
Dr. Donald Elder, III – Member, District IV
Jacqueline S. Fryer – Member, District V

Contact the Commission at msh.commissioners@state.nm.us