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The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo features exhibits on the international effort to explore space, from the early days of rocketry to today’s space industry. Photo courtesy of Jim Harris.

NM Museum of Space History Offers Reduced Admission Fees During Carpet Installation

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is offering half price admission for the museum from Monday August 14 through Friday September 1, while new carpeting is being installed on several floors in the building.

“Although our guests will be temporarily inconvenienced by the flooring work, we are very pleased that progress continues to be made in upgrades to our museum, exhibits and grounds. It’s this kind of work that resulted in our visitation increases over the past few years and will continue to make a positive impact on our guests,” said Orwoll.

This phase of carpet installation with complete the new carpeting throughout the museum. In addition to the flooring, sheetrock installation will also be taking place in certain areas of the building.

“We worked very hard with Home Service Contractors and First Street Carpet and Tile to come up with a work schedule that would allow us to remain open, but even with before and after hours work there will still be disruption in the galleries,” said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll.

“We’ll have to move exhibit cases and close off sections of galleries as the installation progresses in steps, so we felt like offering half price admission would be a way to help offset the inconvenience for our guests.” Orwoll added that there is a possibility of an early closure when the work makes its way to the ground floor, where the reception area and gift shop is located.

The carpet installation is just one of many planned projects at the museum over the next several months. As sheetrock is installed in strategic locations, gallery redesign will begin on floor 2 B and throughout the rampways, where the International Space Hall of Fame Inductees will be honored.

Graphic design elements and artifact displays will begin being incorporated on to floor 3 B, showcasing the existing satellites and incorporating the story of the global positioning system (GPS). Floor 2A will also undergo changes as the exhibit begins to explore manned spaceflight.

Outside, near the rocket park, a new playground will be installed along with a sunshade and picnic tables. “The playground project was made possible through a large grant from PNM and support from our Foundation. We’re very excited about it and look forward to everyone coming to play on our new rocket climber!” said Orwoll.

An announcement will be made when installation of the playground begins.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs.  For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website or Facebook Page.

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