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New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Executive Director Announces Retirement 

October 8th, 2021

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (NMDCA) announced today that Margaret M. Marino, executive director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS), will retire effective October 22, 2021. 

Marino was appointed in November 2015, bringing with her 30 years of experience as a museum professional. Previously she served for a decade as executive director of the North Museum of Nature and Science in Pennsylvania. 

NMDCA Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego expressed her gratitude for Margie’s years of service to the museum and wished her the best as she enjoys retirement. 

A search for the Museum’s new executive director will begin immediately by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Board of Trustees. NMMNHS Deputy Director Gary Romero will serve as acting director, ensuring the museum continues to operate smoothly.


About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science  
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Trustees of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation, through the generous support of donors. Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs, and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience, and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater. 


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