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New Mexico’s Science Sites & Museums

Land of Enchantment? Try land of dinosaurs, space, UFOs, and overall, science.

In New Mexico, nerds can see what Richard Feynman was up to during WWII in Los Alamos, release their inner Ross Gellar amongst dinosaur exhibits in Tucumcari, and catch a peek at the elusive Area 51. Get out your PalmPilot, because here’s your itinerary:

Bradbury Science Museum

Enjoy your next exploration of New Mexico. The Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos, strives to promote science education and literacy, as the "window" to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The museum interprets the Laboratory's research and history.

Admission is free, so visit as often as you like to view the exhibits and science demonstrations. The museum also travels to schools and conducts exciting educational programs.

While in Los Alamos, schedule time to visit the Los Alamos Historical Museum and enjoy many outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, rock climbing and rafting. Stay within walking distance of the downtown shops and restaurants. Enjoy discovering the the Land of Enchantment in the beautiful Santa Fe area.

International UFO Museum/Research Center

It's easy to associate New Mexico and UFO activity. The International UFO Museum/Research Center, opened in 1992 as a means to educate the public on the aspects of the UFO phenomena. The museum is located in Roswell, the site of the famous "Roswell Incident," a documented UFO cover-up in 1947. Museum visitors view exhibits of crop circles, Area 51, abductions and information on Roswell.

The library is also available for visitors to research further information on UFOs. The annual UFO Festival, held during the first week of July, is a fun way to celebrate the curiosity of UFOs. Stay in comfort and enjoy excellent area accommodations. Have fun visiting in southern New Mexico.

Mesalands Dinosaur Museum

Ideal for those traveling with kids, the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum is located on the Mesalands Community College campus in Tucumacari. The museum's exhibit space encompasses 10,000 square feet of exhibit space and includes a paleontology/geology laboratory, a classroom and gift store. Tour the museum's exhibits and learn about the area's rich heritage as a premier location of fossils.

Students in the natural science degree program, use the classroom for studying. Three unknown life species have been discovered in their field research. Sign up for a summer course for a fun and educational week in the field. Northern New Mexico travelers enjoy discovering beautiful New Mexico.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Enjoy an edifying experience in New Mexico. The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, located in Albuquerque, was founded in 1969 and originally located on the Kirtland Air Force Base.

The museum is now located in Albuquerque's museum district. Learn about the nuclear age, as you stroll through the 13 permanent indoor exhibits, a gallery for temporary exhibits, a library and theater.

Outdoor space provides space for military aircraft, missiles and vehicle exhibits. Stay close to the many area attractions, shopping, restaurants and museums – enjoy your time, during your travels in Northwest New Mexico.

New Mexico Museum of Space History

See one of the premier attractions in New Mexico. The New Mexico Museum of Space History displays a broad collection of space flight and space age artifacts and exhibitions.

The museum strives to educate its visitors on the role the state has had in the U.S. Space Program. Schedule time to see the John P. Stapp Air and Space Park, the IMAX Theater and Planetarium, the Hubbard Space Science Research Building, the Daisy Track, and Astronaut Memorial Garden.

The International Space Hall of Fame pays tribute to those who have contributed to space flight. Stroll through the hall to see the inductees' biographies and photos. Enjoy a day of fun and exploration on your next stay in southern New Mexico.