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Museum of Nature & Science

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Address: 411 N Main St, Mesilla Valley Mall, Las Cruces, NM 88001-1272
Phone Number: 5755223120

Locally-funded museum with a focus on science and natural history.

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Learn more of prehistoric trackways

I love this place. Learned a lot when and how it started. They have live critters, snakes, and they're educational. You can get in free. They have some videos you can watch. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2016
Marilyn P
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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I loved nature and science museums so decided to stop in after the farmers market. It's free, so there is that going for them. It did have some interesting exhibits, but the place is very small with not too much in it. Plus we had the added bonus of visiting on school field trip day. Very crowded, with lots of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

I love this place. Learned a lot when and how it started. They have live critters, snakes, and they're educational. You can get in free. They have some videos you can watch. It is worth to come and visit this place. I will be back here and bring friends.

1 Thank Marilyn P
Rock Hill Sc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Kudos to the city of las cruces for having such an interesting museum! It was free and would have been worth paying for. Live animals on display showing off NMs wildlife as well as beautifully done taxidermy animals! The wolf and mountain lion we my favorite. Very knowledgeable staff were very happy to tell you about animals and answer any... More 

1 Thank Wendy C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

There are live critters to watch, fossils, educational displays, and hand on learning experiences. The orb projector let's you see more the just the sun. You can choose from the sun, moon, or planets.

1 Thank Beth I
Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

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 

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Colorado Springs, CO
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

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 

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

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.

1 Thank marigoldchantel
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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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 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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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!

1 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.

1 Thank theodoreh660

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