This is one of the most fascinating museums in New Mexico; it is in the White Sands Mall in Alamogordo, NM. The Shroud of Turin is actually a special part of New Mexico's own history, and it was part of the Centennial celebration last year, with speakers from all over the world. It was in Albuquerque that the Shroud of Turin Project began, and the famous project itself included many scientists from Los Alamos! Plus, the research is ongoing, so New Mexico is still part of the Shroud.
The museum's founder, Peter Schumacher, was the original VP-8 image analyzer production engineer during the 1970s. He gives great tours and explains how the VP-8 was involved in the early studies of the Shroud. You can even try the machine yourself, because the museum holds one of the few left in the world. He is glad to answer any questions.
There is a life-size photo of the Shroud under special lighting, so it feels like you are looking at the original. There are also several "3-D" pictures of the Shroud, developed by Dr. Petrus Soons (who himself comes up from South America to give presentations)--and you have to wear the 3-D glasses to view these so that they seem to come alive. Kids will love this especially!
Other distinguished guests come throughout the year, including the Shroud of Turin Project's Dr. John Jackson, Dr. Eric Jumper, and the shroud.com founder Barrie Schwortz. Wow, these presentations are historical, and well worth planning for!
This place is magical. Personally, I believe I am looking at the face of God when I see these beautiful photos of the Shroud of Turin. Prepare to be amazed.
As for the White Sands Mall, it is a lot of fun and the food is fantastic. There are 2 Chinese buffet-style cafes, and I also like Juan's Cactus Café, which is a New Mexico original.
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