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Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Tucumcari
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Owner description: 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. Also on display are life-sized bronze dinosaur sculptures created through the College's Fine Arts Bronze program. We offer a discount on admission for active military, seniors, and educators. Parking available for RV's.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 19, 2018

We really enjoyed this museum. It was not crowded and we liked how the museum is set up so you wander through and are 'surprised' around every corner. Amazing Bronze skeletons! WOW! Because the college has a foundary, they were able to create these amazing sculptures. Right before the kid section they have this interactive weather sandbox...not sure how to explain it, Just do it! I could have played with that for hours, very magical.
And the gift shop is small but stocked with awesome dinosaurs and crystals/rocks at a great price.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Justine G
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Gretchen G, Museum Director at Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2018

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Reviewed April 18, 2018

We were very impressed with the displays and the layout of the museum. We spent an hour there just going through the exhibits. Great metal casts of the dinosaurs . I would recommend this to families. lots of hands on displays for the kids (and adults too)

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed March 22, 2018

This is a must-see museum for kids and adults alike. What a small-town treasure! It was so interesting and informative.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Patricia S
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Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

This was a must stop if you are anywhere around this town! We went to natural history museum in Dallas and this one beats it hands down! Not huge but so much to see and it is great for kids! Learned a lot and was very very impressed! Also gift shop prices are perfect!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 771tyk
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Gretchen G, Museum Director at Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2018

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Reviewed February 28, 2018 via mobile

We were here one afternoon and surprised by the quality of this museum. Although we were the only customers (bonus), the woman at the desk took the time to chat us up and explain the place.
Nice gift shop, too, with some interesting souvenirs.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank WingJan54
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