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“loved this little museum”

Smokey Bear Museum and Gift Shop
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Capitan
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

It looks hooky from the road. Only $5 each so we went in. Never knew smokey the bear was real. small museum but very sweet, and loved the story of smokey and his pics.

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Everything you always wanted to know about the anti-forest fire icon. Lots of info about forests and the environment in general. A short but very informative nature trail is just outside, culminating in Smokey's grave. Lots of nostalgia with old Smokey commercials and memorabilia inside. A whopping $2 admission charge is in place.

2  Thank Sean M
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Went on "4th of July" and enjoyed everything. Nice small museum and great walk around grounds. A nice relaxing time with an icon that everyone can relate to.

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Reviewed May 4, 2012

Who cannot love Smokey Bear, a cub that barely survived a forest fire in 1950 and went on to become a living legend, protecting our national treasures. First, the gift shop is a marvel, filled with historical memorabilia but also having in stock really neat items like t-shirts (e.g., "Get Your Smokey On). Very stylish and clever marketing. Friendly staff. The museum houses excellent history of Smokey as well as information about forest fires and fire-fighters (Mescalero Apache Hotshots for instance). The landscape includes native plants but also the final resting place of Smokey himself, Capitan's most "famous son," who returned at his death at 26 from the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Smokey Bear Days, an annual celebration, takes place in early May when the horrific Capitan Fire that almost took the cub's life, occurred in 1950. Not only is this educational, it's a fun trip down memory for those of us who grew up with Smokey Bear (and never say Smokey "the" Bear; "Bear" is his last name!) The actual park is a modest $2 admission fee; the gift shop is free.

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Reviewed April 1, 2012

Smokeys birthplace and fun time for kids to enjoy the great outdoors.

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