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Museum of Nature & Science

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Excellent fossils

It great place to spend some time looking at fossils and ancient tracks. They have some live small... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Los Angeles, California
So much to see!

Very nicely maintained museum. I learned a lot. Free admission ask for donations if possible I... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
San Antonio, Texas
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Locally-funded museum with a focus on science and natural history.
411 N Main St, Mesilla Valley Mall, Las Cruces, NM 88001-1272
+1 505-522-3120
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It great place to spend some time looking at fossils and ancient tracks. They have some live small lizards, snakes, frogs and turtles, too. Watch for the road construction around Las Cruces, though, it's terrible.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 20 August 2018

Very nicely maintained museum. I learned a lot. Free admission ask for donations if possible I think I took 1 to 2 hours here . My mom uses a walker so she was able to use it throughout the building . Museum is about two...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

This is a museum trifecta! The Art Museum, Nature & Science Museum, and the Branigan Cultural Center (all FREE and on the same block) are must-sees while in Las Cruces. The Senior Art show was on display while I was there, and I was simply...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

This small but very interesting museum is located downtown at 411 Main Street, in the area of several other museums...it is not at the Mesilla Valley Mall. Very well done, with examples of the Early Permian fossil beds, many living examples of native turtles, frogs,...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

I think older children might enjoy this museum. It's very small and you can probably go through it, reading most everything, in less than an hour. It's free, well lit, and pretty interesting in a cliff notes sort of way.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

This is a free museum with some interesting exhibits. I think children would enjoy seeing the cast dinosaur skull and the live exhibits of the spiders, snakes, turtles, etc. The staff is very friendly and welcoming. It is part of a "complex" of museums downtown.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

So glad we decided to go to the free museum, based on the recommendation of the folks in the BLM office. The museum has an excellent explanation of the significance of the prehistoric trackways found by Jerry McDonald, including an interactive Q&A with McDonald at...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

This is a small, new downtown museum. Two special things: Copies of the dinosaur tracks found locally and an original "lawnmower" telescope of the discover of Pluto (Clyde Tombaugh, a native of Las Cruces).

Date of experience: October 2017
Reviewed 26 October 2017

This may be a small museum but it is full of very interesting stuff. I liked the Permian Tracks and the tanks with the animals.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

My 13-year-old son and I visited this on Saturday. The exhibits were extremely well done and the presentations very informative. I highly recommend it!

Date of experience: September 2017
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