Museum of Southwestern Biology
Museum of Southwestern Biology

The Museum of Southwestern Biology is a research and teaching facility in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico.

open weekdays 8am - 5pm
visitors welcome by appointment
information for visitors

phone: (505) 277-1360
fax: (505) 277-1351
museum administrator


Museum of Southwestern Biology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

University of New Mexico
302 Yale Blvd NE
CERIA 83, Room 204
Albuquerque, NM, USA 87131

Undergraduate Education

Museum collections and associated digital biodiversity data provide an unparalleled platform for innovative education because they provide authentic, place-based experiences that  engage students in the process of discovery. You can view a series of short videos about the potential of integrating natural history museums into education and outreach here.

MSB continues to lead in training under-represented students or international students, especially those from Latin America. Indeed, MSB has been the locus of large student-training efforts for many years including two museum-centered programs (funded by the National Science Foundation) that focus on student success: Undergraduate Opportunities (UnO) and AIM-UP! Many of these students have obtained competitive professional positions and assumed leadership roles in their respective fields over the past 50 years.

The Museum of Southwestern Biology offers several courses through the UNM Department of Biology:

  • Bird Specimen Preparation BIOL 419/519 - Learn to prepare bird study skins and skeletal material
  • Flora of New Mexico BIOL 463L - Identification, classification, nomenclature, and geography of vascular seed plants in New Mexico. Survey of adaptations and evolutionary trends in plants of the Southwest
  • GIS mapping techniques
  • Herpetology BIOL 488L - Classification, phylogeny, natural history and literature of reptiles and amphibians
  • Ichthyology BIOL 487L - Classification, phylogeny, natural history and literature of fishes
  • Mammalogy BIOL 489L - Classification, phylogeny, natural history and literature of mammals
  • Natural History Collections Curatorial Techniques BIOL 419/519
  • Ornithology BIOL 486L - Classification phylogeny, natural history and literature of birds.
  • Parasitology BIOL 482L - The protozoa and worms important in human and veterinary medicine. Emphasis on life histories, epidemiology and ecology of parasites with laboratory practice in identification and experimentation.