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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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Ranch and Farm history of our area in New Mexico, plus live animals

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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109 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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167 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 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 reviews
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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 

Thank Mit Y
Saint Clair, Missouri
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 

4 Thank Sherry S
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404 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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
Northern IL
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48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Stopped in to check out the museum after my husband attended a lecture there. The museum may be small but had great exhibits about the local flora and fauna as well as educational exhibits about the geology and prehistory of the area. It is a great place to learn more about the natural history of the area!

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South Haven, Michigan
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131 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We enjoyed the exhibits with dinosaurs and examples of fossils. Small, but good for a rainy or cold day.

1 Thank JBMyers
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Drove by many times and wish I stopped in sooner. Lots of interesting displays and a really big amethyst geode you can crawl into if there wasn't a rope in front! Kids will like it too.

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