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Einstein Gala

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The Einstein Gala is New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year! This prestigious black-tie event is the Museum’s most important fundraising event, and in 2021, we are going virtual! Starting at 6 pm MT on Saturday, March 20th, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History staff and Board of Trustees invite you to explore our amazing online silent auction filled with the most unique items in Albuquerque, join us as we honor our National Award honoree for her contributions within the nuclear world, and experience entertainment featuring science experiments that will knock your socks off!

We have also partnered with Albuquerque's very own Slate Street Cafe to offer an appetizer selection to purchase to enjoy the evening of the virtual gala! Once you have purchased the appetizer along with your gala ticket, you can pick up your order on March 20, 2021, between the hours of 2 and 4 pm from Slate Street Catering - 515 Slate Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. See the delicious menu when purchasing your ticket!

In addition to hearing from the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History's Executive Director, Jim Walther, and the Museum Foundation's Board President, Wayne Laslie, guests will have the opportunity to hear from special guests, take a brief virtual tour of the museum, and enjoy science experiments hosted by the museum's education department. Throughout the course of the event, mobile bidding for the online silent auction will take place, and bidding will continue during the presentation. Bidding will close the evening of the event, and guests can start arranging for pick up and delivery of their silent auction items.

Online Silent Auction Now Open!

Starting NOW and lasting all the way until Saturday, March 20th, at 8:10 pm, a wonderful selection of incredible auction items are ready for bids. It is our great pleasure to invite all members of the community to bid on the wonderful assortment of silent auction items during our 23rd Annual Einstein Gala. Tickets to attend the virtual Gala are not required to bid on the Silent Auction.


The highlight of the Gala each year is awarding the National Award of Nuclear Science & History to a significant person or organization in the nuclear science world that has had an impact on nuclear issues. To learn more about past award recipients, click here. The award celebrates the wide scope of achievement and commitment to furthering scientific endeavor made by individuals in areas of military leadership, medical technology, public policy and government, energy sciences, education and space exploration.

This year, we are honored to award Cynthia C. Kelly, President and Founder of the Atomic Heritage Foundation. Ms. Kelly is President and founder of the Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Manhattan Project and its legacy. From 2002 on, AHF led efforts to create a Manhattan Project National Historical Park, working with Congress and Federal, State and local partners. Ms. Kelly will be introduced by Richard Rhodes, Author of “The Making of the Atomic Bomb”.

Proceeds from the Einstein Gala help support the Museum’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational programs for K-12 students as well as professional development workshops for science and math teachers.

The 23rd Annual Einstein Gala will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2021, via an online event platform. Tickets for the event will be available by clicking the purchase button below. When a ticket has registered, a link to the event will be emailed to the ticket purchaser.

Silent Auction information coming soon!

For further information regarding our 2021 Einstein Gala, please contact our Director of Development 505-245-2137, extension 110.

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Thank you to our generous sponsor:

Wayne & Mary Pat Laslie

Abdiel Ramirez

Toni & David Hiley

Jerry Adams & Sandy Wick

Michael McLaughlin & Palo Verde Generating Station

Zabrina Johal & General Atomics

Dr. John & Kristine Stichman

Alison Schuler Esq.

Dr. Katrina Groth & John H. Burke

Hal Behl

Judith Mead

Brad Steward & Pulakos CPAs

Ben Balkcom & Balkcom Pearsall and Parrish

Raffi Andonian

Dr. Sandra Biedron & Steve Milton

Aleli & Brian Colon

Erin Chisolm with Chisolm Trail RV

Robert Singer Esq. and Margaret Singer

Dr. Damon & Ellie Giovanielli

Roberta Conroy

Dr. Robert and Suzanne Busch

Dr. Gregg Franklin and New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants, Ltd.