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“Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away ...”

International UFO Museum and Research Center
Ranked #8 of 27 things to do in Roswell
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Owner description: This museum contains a diorama and a film of the "official" autopsy of the alien bodies after the 1947 crash.
Reviewed May 11, 2013

...these little white men got in their space ship and went for a Sunday drive....headed straight for Roswell...Nah, couldn't be. They wouldn't choose Roswell. They'd go to Vegas!!

Whether or not you think it's possible there's life out there, the International UFO Museum and Research Center is worth a visit. Aliens are part of the American folklore. And the UFO Museum is the center of the universe for alien information. In the late 1940s and early 1950s what people saw -- or thought they saw -- in Roswell was front page news all over the United States. That story and America's fascination with UFOs and aliens is enshrined here. And they've done a great job of collecting and displaying all sides of the story, from "eye witness" accounts to official U.S. government denials to general public reactions and numerous alternate theories, like lenticular cloud formations. It's a credible job of reporting a story that gripped the nation.

I especially loved the display of old newspaper editorial page cartoons -- like the one from the Cincinnati Enquirer on the 50th anniversary of the alien event. Two Air Force officers are listening to a scientist debunk the alien myth and one says: "You mean we've been keeping crash test dummies on life support in a hangar at Wright Patterson AFB for 50 years?"

The museum fills an old movie theater and is easy to cover thoroughly in a couple house. The price is right, just $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for kids age 4 to 15. The staff is friendly and take the ribbing in stride. There's plenty of free parking beside the theater or on the street. And there are some really imaginative items in the gift shop. (I couldn't resist an "official" Area 51 parking permit sticker for my Porsche.)

Thank MrsPincheon
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

The museum is very well made, large, eye friendly, with information on all things UFO: Betty and Barney Hill, crop circles, famous people who believe in extraterrestrial life, etc. Of course there are a lot of materials about the incident at Roswell itself. The gift shop is large and has a variety of original items, in addition to a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books. There is also a research room, which I did not visit.
I knew quite a bit about the Roswell incident, so it was interesting to me, but for someone who has never heard about it, it might be hard to puzzle out what exactly happened; the gist of the story kind of gets lost in the details. An introductory overview panel and/or an informational short video would be good. I was actually expecting a short documentary, maybe a clip from Unsolved Mysteries, to watch and refresh my memory, but the museum only showed feature length films about aliens, including the movie Roswell, which is very good, but mot people would not have time for.
Overall, I recommend the destination, just read up on what happened and the different theories before you go.

Thank Suby88
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Could it be true? An original cassette Walkman in duty? Oh yeah, an original Walkman as a tour help trough the small museum. We loved it! The service was extremely nice, we were allowed to mark our site at the earthmap and the tour could start.
Roswell is different, if it was as all other towns, the aliens could crash someplace else, but they choose Roswell. Even if you didn't believe as you started the tour, you will at least think about the possibility that it really happened after it. The exhibition is full of facts, comments of witnesses of the time period, documents. It's not much into fun, but that's ok, this is a serious incident! At the entrance you receive a mark, so you can leave the museum and come back as often as you like all day long. That's cool. They close at 5pm, but you shouldn't arrive later than at 4pm. The photo studio (you can take funny pictures for extra money), closes at 4 pm.

Thank 0_Aneta_0
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

This 'Museum' is something you probably should do if in Roswell. The newspaper clippings were very interesting at first then it got a little redundant. The ET displays were more popular for my group as we are not UFO enthusiasts as much as just looking out for unique places for vacation fun. I’m thinking the conspiracy theorists should really enjoy the written descriptions of close encounters and the numerous articles on government cover-ups. Most everyone else seemed to glance through the articles while looking ahead to the next alien prop.

Thank Mojo451
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We stopped here because I thought my spouse should be able to check this off his bucket list. It was fun. He had seen most all the display and news articles on TV, but still it was a fun time. The museum is gracious about the use of personal cameras, so now we have his photo standing in front of the little men (not so green as it happens) and their space ship. He will be getting an enlarged and framed copy for his birthday later this month. Bought a new mouse pad and stuck our entrance stickers on it. What a good deal!!!

Thank texaslady523
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