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American International Rattlesnake Museum

202 San Felipe NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 (West Old Town)
505 242 6569
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Ranked #27 of 123 attractions in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: This museum houses the world's largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes and aims to correct common reptilian misconceptions.
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Austin, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed the specimens and info, but the facility itself needs a thorough cleaning and updating. They have other animals besides snakes, including some rare turtles and one cool Gila monster. The entry is very reasonable, and the experience is really great with well behaved kids. Essentially, the snakes get frightened, coil up, and rattle particularly when a kiddo... More

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new york, new york
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Museum is small but don't let that throw you....you can do the whole thing in 40 minutes, or longer if you like. Respectable amount of live snakes and varied. But what was a surprise to me was the collection of all (and I mean ALL) things related to snakes,...... like bottles, license plates, clothes...you name it. The man who owns... More

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Byram, Mississippi
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My sons (12 and 17, respectively) spotted this place while walking through Old Town. Although the entrance fee was very modest, I didn't think it would be worth it because the space looked too small to have much of anything. Turns out we were (thankfully) wrong. Dozens of different varieties of poisonous snakes, and a few creepy-crawly critters, to boot.... More

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Joplin, Missouri
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is a neat little place to visit if you are already in the area. It is very small and they have a lot of live animals. Don't go if you can't stand to be around snakes!

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Vienna, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the rattlesnake museum. The owner has collected an amazing variety of snakes and snake artifacts. The exhibits are well labeled and you can learn a lot. It is all displayed in a fairly cramped space, making it a little hard to linger if there are a lot of visitors. The owner is very nice and... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

if you like snakes (and our kids do) this is an incredible find! There are tons of snakes, not just rattlesnakes, and lots of info.

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Houston
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We had 4 guys on a motorcycle trip and we wanted to go here as soon as we saw it on the map. And it was worth it. Many different varieties of rattle snakes and other snakes. They all seemed to be out and very visible, not many hiding away where you couldn't see them. It was very educational as... More

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

This unusual Museum, near the Plaza in Old Town, is well worth a visit even if, like me, you are not a fan of snakes. You will see a lot of snakes, all caged, and learn a great deal. We saw one "rattling" and it was fascinating! The proprietor is very welcoming and ready to answer questions. Take time for... More

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Timaru, New Zealand
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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Being from New Zealand, I am not at all used to snakes. So seeing so many snakes in one place was a little bit freaky. There was a wide range of rattlesnakes, and the think that impressed me was just how well camouflaged so many of them were. I don't think I would be keen on meeting any of them... More

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Groton, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

With a 5 and 2 year old, how can you resist a museum that features snakes and cool snake memorabilia. I got tons of cool pictures. One rattlesnake was riled up and my oldest was able to watch him rattle his tail. They show a movie about snakes in the wild. It's not huge, but the price is reasonable and... More

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