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Virgil and museum were both delightfully quirky

As museums go, it is lacking. It is more like someones attic full of this and that. It was true fun... read more

Reviewed December 13, 2018
Sylvia A
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Gallup History

This is a nice little museum that will give you a great background on the history of the town of... read more

Reviewed September 9, 2018
EconMom
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Jacksonville, Florida
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300 West Historic Route 66, Gallup, NM 87301-6353
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Reviewed December 13, 2018

As museums go, it is lacking. It is more like someones attic full of this and that. It was true fun not knowing what you would see in the next cabinet or on the floor behind you.What truly made the place was Virgil, the flamboyant...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sylvia A
Reviewed September 21, 2018

Had sign up that they were closed for a bit (during open hours). We went shopping, came back later...never open.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

This is a nice little museum that will give you a great background on the history of the town of Gallup. There are many interesting artifacts but the real treasure here is Museum Operator Virgil Smith, who is very plugged into the local community and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank EconMom
Reviewed June 10, 2018

This is a one story museum that has been numerous things in the past including the old Rex hotel (hence the name). There are antiques and memorabilia from Gallup and the surrounding area. The highlight was the proprietor, a colorful, proud, talkative Native American who...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank John B
Reviewed May 31, 2018

On our visit we were met by a very interesting and knowledgeable chap, sorry I can’t remember his name. Gave us a good background on Gallup and their mining for coal. Actually found out some of our country men (Welsh) came here long ago. This...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 29, 2018

Good history of how Gallup got started. Small, so doesn't take a lot of time to go through it. Greater was also very interesting.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Rocky T
Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

Check out the Rex Museum, it's a small museum - back in the coal mining cowboy days, the building use to be a borthol? Interesting and info stuff - Virgil will give information on the town and coal mining days - it's free to come...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Judging by the building, it's a small museum. I found it on TA, where a reviewer was very upset describing it, and I quote: “this is historical museum only if you think coal and mining are history”... Yup, they are, on my books. However, for...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Oliver S
Reviewed March 3, 2018

We stopped here on our RT 66 road trip & were glad we did. The volunteer at the desk was so interesting & really loves telling stories about the area. We walked though the museum & read a lot of the articles in there for...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank mcriss50
Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

I stopped by for about 20 minutes today to visit Rex Museum. I had looked over the reviews before going in. My main reason for visiting was to get a better idea of the area, its history and it's people. The gentleman at the front...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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They open again Monday Closed sunday
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