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Museum of Nature & Science

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Address: 411 N Main St, Mesilla Valley Mall, Las Cruces, NM 88001-1272
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+1 505-522-3120

Locally-funded museum with a focus on science and natural history.

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Nice place to spend an hour or so and it's free

Went to the cultural center adjacent to the museum to view a traveling display of Jack London's photography. Ended up enjoying all the displays in both places. Not large, but... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Marsha K
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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291 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to the cultural center adjacent to the museum to view a traveling display of Jack London's photography. Ended up enjoying all the displays in both places. Not large, but they made excellent use of the space and everyone was most helpful. Learned a lot in a short period of time and it all was free.

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Buda, Texas
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647 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

A real nice place for nature and science. Dinosaurs, reptiles, anything that can walk, creep or crawl you can fin here in a state of prehistoric scene. Very interesting. Very well done.

Thank daddymo2
Gold Canyon, Arizona
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136 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016

I loved nature and science museums so decided to stop in after the farmers market. It's free, so there is that going for them. It did have some interesting exhibits, but the place is very small with not too much in it. Plus we had the added bonus of visiting on school field trip day. Very crowded, with lots of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016

I love this place. Learned a lot when and how it started. They have live critters, snakes, and they're educational. You can get in free. They have some videos you can watch. It is worth to come and visit this place. I will be back here and bring friends.

1 Thank Marilyn P
Rock Hill Sc
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

Kudos to the city of las cruces for having such an interesting museum! It was free and would have been worth paying for. Live animals on display showing off NMs wildlife as well as beautifully done taxidermy animals! The wolf and mountain lion we my favorite. Very knowledgeable staff were very happy to tell you about animals and answer any... More 

1 Thank Wendy C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

There are live critters to watch, fossils, educational displays, and hand on learning experiences. The orb projector let's you see more the just the sun. You can choose from the sun, moon, or planets.

1 Thank Beth I
Bloomington, Indiana
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53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2016

I love the Smithsonian and Field museums, but they can be overwhelming. This one is just whelming. Quite compact and limited in scope, it has an outstanding collection and presentation of pre-dinosaur reptile, amphibian and insect tracks. The primary display shows where dozens of creatures scurried through drying mud, all within a few hours, including top predator Demetrodon. Other exhibits... More 

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Colorado Springs, CO
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276 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,014 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2016

I would not consider small aquarium tanks of animals, 2 fossil displays, and a rotating sun to ever remotely be qualified to be a "museum". What a disappointment! That is what we saw here. We felt so terribly sad for the very large snapping turtle in the aquarium tank that was only twice as wide as he was. It was... More 

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New Mexico
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51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Come by and visit and learn! Wonderful exhibits, learn about nature, history and science in a stimulating environment. Something new to see and learn each visit.

1 Thank marigoldchantel
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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168 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2015

The museum has some excellent historical displays. History of the indigenous people, some early transportation displays. Today they had a wonderful display of the artist Shoofly. Loads of great cowboys at work and play. There are loads of animals that children and adults would be able to see outside. The gift shop has some wonderful New Mexicor products for sale.... More 

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