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Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory

Closed Now: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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A hidden gem, worth stopping for and getting a break form the road

We visited here on 4/27 on our way to ABQ. The museum has a surprising number of fossils and bronze... read more

Reviewed May 7, 2017
Peter K
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Hurricane, Utah
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For a small facility it is quite well done. They have an interesting side story regarding the... read more

Reviewed April 19, 2017
C L
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The Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory is located in Tucumcari, New Mexico, on old Route 66. Many of the genuine fossils on display were collected by students enrolled in the College's Paleontology program...more
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222 E Laughlin Ave, Tucumcari, NM 88401-2730
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Reviewed May 7, 2017

We visited here on 4/27 on our way to ABQ. The museum has a surprising number of fossils and bronze casts of dinosaurs. It also does a good job explaining why there are so many fossils in the area. We spent an hour plus visiting...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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DinosaurDirector, Museum Director at Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2017

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write a review.

Reviewed April 19, 2017

For a small facility it is quite well done. They have an interesting side story regarding the college being involved in metal casting done internationally for the bones and I was surprised at the quality of the exhibits for such a small facility.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank C L
Reviewed March 12, 2017

In the smallest town I've seen...more interested in what people do in this town than the dinosaurs! Had one cool sand/water exhibit. Other than that, not too exciting, but cool if you like science fiction Very nice gift shop. Employee was very friendly.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed October 21, 2016

I was on a trip from Sante Fe, NM, to Amarillo, TX. I wanted to find something redemptive to take some time. I had read about the Dinosaur Museum in Tucumcari. It was well worth stopping for and very surprising in a small town that...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed October 19, 2016

My partner & I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this "dinosaur" museum. They were still putting the finishing touches to one section but 90% was open/accessible. A great mixture of resin (and other materials) models and genuine artefacts. NOt a huge space to have to walk around...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed September 25, 2016

My husband & I spent almost 2 hours here and learned so much at this dinosaur museum. You can even see into the lab where they are doing research. This is also a great place to bring your kids.

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed August 25, 2016

Came in to buy a toy dinosaur for a grandson and got a very interesting short tour. Certainly would like to return when I can stay longer.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed August 19, 2016

Good for kids, allows them to touch and feel. Glass partition to see lab where people work on fossils. Suggest putting up a map to show general locations / areas (but not exact) of where fossils are found, just like is done in the western...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed July 13, 2016

What an AWESOME PLACE!! It's small but so worth it. So much to do and see. Live scientific research happening in front of you. They were doing dinosaur eggs when we were there. Ride the dno!!

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Daniel R
DinosaurDirector, Museum Director at Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2017

Thank you for including the Dinosaur Museum in your road trip.

Reviewed July 8, 2016

A small place with a lot of stuff. Interesting exhibits and a very friendly staff, some nice hands-on stuff for the kids.

Date of experience: June 2016
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Response from TOM D | Reviewed this property |
Do not know, but you should call the Museum and ask them - they were very helpful when I was there.
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Response from DinosaurDirector | Property representative |
$6.50 Adults; $4.00 for Children 5-11; Children under 5 Free; Discount for: Seniors, College Students, Teachers, and Active Military Families
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