The wonders at Albuquerque's most popular museum include a simulated volcano (with a river of bubbling hot lava flowing beneath the see-through glass floor), the frigid Ice Age cave, and "Dawn of the Dinosaurs." The only Triassic exhibit in North America, this permanent hall features some of the state's own rare finds. The Evolution Elevator (aka the Evolator) uses video, sound, and motion to whisk you through 35 million years of New Mexico's geological history. The Paul Allen–funded "Start-Up!" galleries explore the silicon age. Detailing the birth of the PC right here in the Duke City (bet you didn't know that Seattle was the second stop for Allen and a very young Bill Gates). These exhibitions are a fascinating tour through the early garage days of many such start-ups, including the Apple side of the story. Also here is, the LodeStar Science Center; the state-of-the-art planetarium is home to the wildly popular First Friday Fractals show (tickets available online only).
1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104, United States