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10 Awesome New Mexico Museums That Most New Mexicans Haven’t Been To

10 Awesome New Mexico Museums That Most New Mexicans Haven’t Been To – (October 12, 2016)—New Mexico—New Mexico, in all its beauty, is the fifth largest state in the US. It’s also one of the most unpopulated, being the 36th most populated state. Being so large and so unpopulated, there’s no surprise that there are tons of things to learn about our state, past, and present. The only thing is, you have to get up, get out, and go do it. Here are ten of the best museums that the state has to offer. Some, you’ve probably never heard of.

Despite whether you’ve heard of them or not, each one is worthwhile and they would definitely appreciate the visit.

 10. American International Rattlesnake Museum 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

One of the many Rattlesnakes on Display at the Rattlesnake Museum / Photo by Instagram user southwestern_college

One of the many snakes on Display at the Rattlesnake Museum / Photo by Instagram user southwestern_college

As long as you’re not squeamish, there is a good chance that you’ll have a great time visiting the rattlesnake museum, located in Albuquerque’s Old Town Plaza.


SEPTEMBER-MAY HOURS
Monday-Friday…11:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday…10am-6pm
Sunday…1pm-5pm
(School Groups…Mon-Fri…10-11:30am)

SUMMER HOURS
Monday-Saturday…10am-6pm
Sunday…1pm-5pm

Phone: (505) 242-6569
Closed Major Holidays, Field Trips and Animal Rescues
Kids $3 • Adults $5 • Seniors, Military, Students $4


 9. Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum / Photo taken by instagram user the_smw

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum / Photo taken by Instagram user the_smw

Since 1972 Albuquerque has hosted the International Balloon Fiesta and some of those who have pioneered the event deserve recognition, as well as the pilots and the people that have designed them. Each year, millions of people from all over the world, attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This fantastic museum is not only a beautiful sight from the exterior, the interior houses artifacts and tidbits about the history of ballooning and the Balloon Fiesta. Basically, anything that you ever wanted to know about ballooning. A truly magnificent place for the family.

Address: 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Hours:
Wednesday 9AM–5PM
Thursday 9AM–5PM
Friday 9AM–5PM
Saturday 9AM–5PM
Sunday 9AM–5PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9AM–5PM
Phone: (505) 880-0500
Founded: 2005


 8. Billy the Kid Museum 

Fort Sumner, New Mexico

The Sign at the Billy the Kid Museum at night / Photo taken by Instagram user santafeins

The Sign at the Billy the Kid Museum at night / Photo taken by Instagram user santafeins

Anything that you wanted to know about William H. Bonney, you’ll learn here. Through the trials and tribulations of New Mexico’s “young guns”, this museum will make you feel like you’re part of the wild west. Nonetheless, it’s a place you must visit if you’re in New Mexico.

Address: 1435 Sumner Ave, Fort Sumner, NM 88119
Hours:
Tuesday 8:30AM–5PM
Wednesday 8:30AM–5PM
Thursday 8:30AM–5PM
Friday 8:30AM–5PM
Saturday 8:30AM–5PM
Sunday 8:30AM–5PM
Monday 8:30AM–5PM
Phone: (575) 355-2380


 7. International UFO Museum 

Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell International UFO / Photo Credit: Instagram user mandovr01

Roswell International UFO / Photo Credit: Instagram user mandovr01

Have you ever wanted to discover what really happened in Roswell? The Roswell International UFO museum is probably the best place in the world to find out. Next time you’re in Roswell, New Mexico, don’t hesitate to come through these doors, you’ll be glad that you did. Even if you don’t learn anything, at least you’ll have fun.

Address: 114 N Main St, Roswell, NM 88203
Hours:
Tuesday 9AM–5PM
Wednesday 9AM–5PM
Thursday 9AM–5PM
Friday 9AM–5PM
Saturday 9AM–5PM
Sunday 9AM–5PM
Monday 9AM–5PM
Phone: (575) 625-9495
Founded: 1991


 6. Bradbury Science Museum 

Los Alamos, New Mexico

A view of some of the exhibits inside the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico / Photo by Flickr User Jeff Keyzer

A view of some of the exhibits inside the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico / Photo by Flickr User Jeff Keyzer

If you’re a science buff, which I know you are, the Bradbury Science Museum will take you on a journey through some of the biggest nuclear science breakthroughs in the past century.

Address: 1350 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Hours:
Wednesday 10AM–5PM
Thursday 10AM–5PM
Friday 10AM–5PM
Saturday 10AM–5PM
Sunday 1–5PM
Monday 1–5PM
Tuesday 10AM–5PM
Phone: (505) 667-4444
Founded: 1953


 5. Casa Grande Trading Post (Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum) 

Los Cerrillos, New Mexico

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Photo by Instagram Photographer meltdown_studio

Hours:
OPEN 9am-5pm Daily
Address: 17 Waldo St, Los Cerrillos, NM 87010
Phone: (505) 438-3008


 4. City of Las Vegas Museum 

Las Vegas, New Mexico

City of Las Vegas, NM museum. It houses Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Rider collection of memorabilia, photographs, and documents. / Photo by Flickr Photographer Birdie Jaworski

City of Las Vegas, NM museum. It houses Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Rider collection of memorabilia, photographs, and documents. / Photo by Flickr Photographer Birdie Jaworski

Las Vegas, New Mexico, the original Las Vegas, was once a epicenter for commerce and one of the most populated cities in New Mexico. Things have changed. The city of Las Vegas Museum will take you back in history, to a time where Las Vegas was considered the capital of the wild west.
Address: 727 Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Phone: (505) 454-1401
Hours:
Wednesday 10AM–4PM
Thursday 10AM–4PM
Friday 10AM–4PM
Saturday 10AM–4PM
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10AM–4PM


 3. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum 

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Outside the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Outside the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Among all the residents of New Mexico, past and present, Georgia O’Keeffe has become one of the most famous inhabitants. The Georgia O’Keeffe museum will take you through her journey as a New Mexican and how it expanded her career as an artist.

Address: 217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Hours:
Tuesday 10AM–5PM
Wednesday 10AM–5PM
Thursday 10AM–5PM
Friday 10AM–7PM
Saturday 10AM–5PM
Sunday 10AM–5PM
Monday 10AM–5PM
Phone: (505) 946-1000
Founded: 1997


 2. Kit Carson Home and Museum 

Taos, New Mexico

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Kit Carson Home and Museum, Taos, New Mexico / Photo taken by Instagram photographer heidiwhelchel

Address: 113 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, NM 87571
Hours:
Wednesday 10AM–5PM
Thursday 10AM–5PM
Friday 10AM–5PM
Saturday 10AM–5PM
Sunday 10AM–5PM
Monday 10AM–5PM
Tuesday 10AM–5PM
Phone: (575) 758-4945


 1. Museum of New Mexico 

Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico Museum of Art / Photo Credit: Instagram user tideandhoney

New Mexico Museum of Art / Photo Credit: Instagram user tideandhoney

If you ever wanted to dig deeper into what New Mexico is about, this is the place. It will help you explore the many different cultures and heritages that have made New Mexico what it is today.

Address: 120 Sheridan St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: (505) 476-5097




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