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Mesalands Dinosaur Museum

222 E Laughlin Ave, Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401 USA

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Opens Tue 10a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Wifi
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“replicated & original fossils”

The Exhibit Hall at the Mesaland’s Community College’s Dinosaur Museum houses a host of replicated and original fossils from tiny footprint casts to the 40′ long skeleton Torvosaurus, a rare carnivore relative of Tyrannosaurus rex which hails from the Jurassic period. The Museum’s focus is on the Mesozoic period, which is also known as ‘The Age of Dinosaurs.’ The Mesozoic is comprised of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Features of the Dinosaur Museum include: 10,000 square feet of exhibit space spacious, well-equipped paleontology/geology laboratory large storage area for Museum collections not on exhibit.

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Reviewed by
kinziemarieharvell

  • 27 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
July 10, 2017

We stopped here as it answered one of our clues for our family Amazing Race out west. We intially thought it wouldn't be worth the entrance fee but ended up really enjoying our time. We didn't agree with all the theories/dating on display but it was a very well done exhibit. The musuem was clean and the interactive portion kept my three kiddos (age 5, 7, 13) entertained for a solid hour. A nice little stop along our route!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
HeatherGearhart

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 09, 2017
Rated 5.0

Perfect stop to help break up our cross-country road trip. Kids are able to touch real fossils and cast fossils. Super friendly laid back atmosphere. My kids are 8 and 6, and they wanted to stop again on our trip home. Only thing is I wish the digging pit did not feature walnut shells as my son is very allergic to tree nuts. We avoided it entirely.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
LMoney

  • 10 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 14, 2017
Rated 5.0

I really enjoyed this. Lots of exhibits that you can touch plus a specific area for the kids where they can excavate a fossil, do a rubbing with crayon, and make footprints in sand. We only had 20 minutes before they closed but I still think it was worth the price.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lynnpape

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
June 30, 2016
Rated 5.0

We have visited a lot of museums and quite a few dinosaur exhibits (9 year old love dinosaurs). This is a really awesome museum. Discounts for teachers and students. It is updated by students from the college and has a lot of cool exhibits (check out the augmented reality sandbox). The bronze skeletons are fantastic! There is also a kid's area with a 6x6 dig area. The gift shop has some small fossils for sale. Great way to spend an afternoon!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
didikay007

  • 4 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 18, 2015

I'm not a huge museum person but this was really cool. Lots of interesting fossils accompanied with brief descriptions, some interactive pieces, and fun photo ops. It's not a very big museum so it makes for the perfect, quick yet fun leg stretching stop for roadtrippers with a more enticing destination ahead. Recommend for all!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
AswaldHHooker

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
April 24, 2015
Rated 5.0

Great place to stop for about one-two hours. I was able to meet the director. She took the time to explain and give me a tour. Great time.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ashc

  • 12 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
April 01, 2015
Rated 5.0

Very cool and interactive! Not just for kids!!!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
mjonthefarm

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
September 02, 2014
Rated 5.0

Very nice little museum. Several teeth and bones are local finds. Fun interaction for little kid

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Traquel

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 11, 2014

Loved this lil hidden gem!!! We took our 4 young children and they really loved the Mueseum. It was educational, interactive, and fun for the entire family! Well worth our detour!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kae.bingham

  • 3 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 25, 2014

This place was awesome. It even had a digging pit for the two little ones to spend some time in!

1 person found this review helpful

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Mesalands Dinosaur Museum

222 E Laughlin Ave
Tucumcari, New Mexico
88401 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Tue - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Yes Parking
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