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Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum

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Address: 222 E Laughlin Ave, Tucumcari, NM 88401
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+1 575-461-3466
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

The Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences...

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 bronzes dinosaur sculptures created through the Fine Arts Bronze program. We office a discount on admission for active military.

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Way more than we expected!

Needed a little time out of the car so decided to try this museum. What a great spot! Very informative! Displays well done. Best part is that the College has done many displays... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2016
Kabob A
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

Needed a little time out of the car so decided to try this museum. What a great spot! Very informative! Displays well done. Best part is that the College has done many displays as brass castings so that they can be touched. My husband and I enjoyed that part and think it would be a real hit with kids. Museum... More 

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Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

This museum is wonderful and has a large gift shop for everything dinosaur. Great exhibits on Earth life history, what is a fossil, New Mexico dinosaurs and dinosaurs in general. You also get to look through windows into the huge Paleontology lab which had lots of dinosaur bones laying out on the prep tables. This museum is a true hidden... More 

Thank ChzHeadTX
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Reviewed 12 March 2016

Kids will love the gift shop! We would have gladly spent more time here if the displays had more to offer. They were a mixture of paintings and locally made bronze replicas (made with great talent and skill). While the overall count of items would be impressive, many were replicas or casts and not originals. A considerable portion of the... More 

Thank Russ C
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Reviewed 8 February 2016 via mobile

Great pictorial history of the area. You can use a guide or just drive around and find them as you like. Provides plenty of great pictures if on holiday.

Thank Krysiaski
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Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

This was not your typical museum. Its pretty small but very informative. Lots of dinosaurs you can touch. Gift shop had a lot of cool things for sale too.

Thank Cristina P
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 January 2016

Stop to have lunch in Tucumcari and saw an advertisement for this museum. How much can a small dinosaur museum teach you in New Mexico? A lot.They have many displays of everything relating to dinosaurs....complete skeltons,heads, footprints,nature scenes showing how dinosaurs lived..and a huge thigh bone you can stand next to.They have easy explanations describing all the exhibits. I learned... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

This museum was brilliant. It was packed full of interesting information and was a good size. Lots of interactive activities which would make it great for family visits.

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Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed 28 November 2015

Was a great stop, the kids loved stopping and seeing all the fossils. I purchased a trilobite. It's very cool.

Thank Andreamelo
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Reviewed 12 November 2015

Great exhibits. Some are hands on. Fairly large kids area. Really get an idea of how big some of the dinosaurs were. Also interesting to see artifacts that were found locally by community college classes.

Thank Diane A
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 November 2015

Check out the virtual sandbox as well as all of the awesome bronze replicas of our favourite predecessors.

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