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Address: 411 N. Main Street, Mesilla Valley Mall, Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone Number: 505/522-3120
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Locally-funded museum with a focus on science and natural history.

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Fabulous fossil footprints

I love the Smithsonian and Field museums, but they can be overwhelming. This one is just whelming. Quite compact and limited in scope, it has an outstanding collection and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Guy L
Bloomington, Indiana
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Bloomington, Indiana
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the Smithsonian and Field museums, but they can be overwhelming. This one is just whelming. Quite compact and limited in scope, it has an outstanding collection and presentation of pre-dinosaur reptile, amphibian and insect tracks. The primary display shows where dozens of creatures scurried through drying mud, all within a few hours, including top predator Demetrodon. Other exhibits... More 

Thank Guy L
Colorado Springs, CO
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477 reviews
195 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 893 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would not consider small aquarium tanks of animals, 2 fossil displays, and a rotating sun to ever remotely be qualified to be a "museum". What a disappointment! That is what we saw here. We felt so terribly sad for the very large snapping turtle in the aquarium tank that was only twice as wide as he was. It was... More 

Thank nowincolorado
New Mexico
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45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Come by and visit and learn! Wonderful exhibits, learn about nature, history and science in a stimulating environment. Something new to see and learn each visit.

Thank marigoldchantel
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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115 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

The museum has some excellent historical displays. History of the indigenous people, some early transportation displays. Today they had a wonderful display of the artist Shoofly. Loads of great cowboys at work and play. There are loads of animals that children and adults would be able to see outside. The gift shop has some wonderful New Mexicor products for sale.... More 

Thank duepplestrasse5-7
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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187 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We stopped here after doing the Saturday morning street market. It's on the side of the north end of the market. It's just a small museum but had interesting displays of petrified wood and an assortment of live local lizards, snakes, frogs, etc. It's worth the 30 minutes or so that you will spend here. And it's free!

Thank Jorden N
Belen, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

I remember when this museum was in a mall. They now have a nice, new facility. It is especially good in telling the story of the Chihuahuan Desert, not as well known as the neighboring Sonoran Desert. Would be a good place to take children as they have live animals to see.

Thank theodoreh660
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47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Everyone should go to a museum every year, whether art, natural history, or whatever. This one is local and a great start. Museums are about the only place you can see what history was truly about and wonder at the marvels of the world around us.Natural history will amaze you with the evolution of the world from a life sciences... More 

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Saint Clair, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

this is a great place to see the creatures that are actually from the area. There are snakes, lizards, frogs and more all in a beautiful setting for viewing. The staff will come out to answer question about the exhibits and show you a model of the mountain ranges and how this beautiful area got its name. This is a... More 

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405 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We dropped in here with no preconceptions and were quite blown away at what they have here. Its small but they have very cool critters (frogs, snakes, turtles etc) live in tanks and much much more. Well worth a visit!

1 Thank Five15
Rio Rancho,NM, United States
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

As we entered, we were greeted by a very nice gentleman , who also gave us directions to the train museum for later. Nice displays, kind of simple, but we learned a few things we didn't know about NM critters. Plus there is a art museum on the other side of entrance as you go in.

1 Thank Larry Dee W

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