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Museum of Nature & Science

Address: 411 N. Main Street, Mesilla Valley Mall, Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone Number: 505/522-3120
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Ranked #8 of 22 Attractions in Las Cruces
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Locally-funded museum with a focus on science and natural history.
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This was an unexpected delight to go through and see lot's about this area...very worthwhile!! Didn't expect also to see live animals....desert mostly....but the frogs were amazing too see as well!!

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Harker Heights
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

In downtown Las Cruces. Great displays on area environment. Most interesting was fossilized dino footprints. A few terrariums with local snakes, lizards and turtles. Some Saturdays there is bits farmers market and craft booths set up on street in front of museum. Lots of variety there.

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Busan, South Korea
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63 reviews 63 reviews
41 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The last time we visited this tiny museum was almost a decade ago. At the time, it was at one lonely end of a dying mall. It was somewhat interesting, with terrariums and aquariums filled with live critters from the Chihuahuan Desert. The new location, though, is much better and bigger. It's in Lac Cruces' Downtown Mall, near the fabulous... More

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Ardmore, Oklahoma
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Very interesting things to look at. My grandson liked the giant geode. It wasn't very big but free to get into.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Very well presented displays done with children in mind.. Very pleased with the reaction of my 10 year old grandson to all that he viewed especially the astronomy exhibit. Enjoyed the visit and interaction of children visiting and their prolonged interest in exhibits. Etta Kaufman

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This month a great exhibit from the collection of Cheech Marin (of old Cheech & Chong fame) who is a big promoter of Chicano Art. He even came for opening of exhibit, spoke, autographed. Exhibits usually change monthly at the first part of the month. The week before the first Friday is usually closed as changing exhibits.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I unrolled my daughter in the one week marine biology class here and she got to dissect starfish and other species she enjoyed herself greatly. Wonderful knowledgeable staff very friendly and clean.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The museum has a lot of space and it is not all in use as yet. But it is a very interesting place and offers a lot for visitors to take in. There are exhibits especially for children who will enjoy their visit as well. I recommend it.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is not a BIG museum but it is a definite must see if youre in Las Cruces.They have exhibits of dinosaur fossils and a section of dinosaur trackway. They also have exhibits of desert wildlife.Well worth the trip.And it is next door to the art museum. Go on Wednesday, there is a craft market just down the street.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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8 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

My 5 yr old grandson was quickly bored. Half of the live reptile exhibits were above his eye level and there was only one interactive display. The gorgeous desert specimens of coyote, eagle, etc were located 20 ft above floor level- very difficult to see and appreciate. Do not recommend for kids 6 and under.

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