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The Natural History Museum has a planetarium, DynaTheater, a hands-on room for exploring natural phenomenon, special exhibits and of course, dinosaur bones. It's a kid favorite and has exhibits that tell the natural history of New Mexico. Start Up, a special exhibit on the beginnings of personal computers, is a must-see.
Location: 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: For exhibits: $7 adults, $6 seniors 60+, $4 children 3-12.
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Even if you don't love snakes, you'll come away appreciating them more after a visit to this museum. The animal conservation museum has the largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes in the world. Discover more about these fascinating creatures, and enjoy the snake collections and memorabilia throughout.
Location: 202 San Felipe NW, Old Town, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Hours: September - May, Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Hours, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 adults, $4 seniors, military and students, $3 kids
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The Telephone Museum of New Mexico features communication equipment on three floors of a 1906 building. You'll find photographs from early times with the telephone, as well as history exhibits and lots of old telephones and switchboards. There are teletype machines which used to send news. Discover a piece of the history of New Mexico and the world in this unique museum.
Location: 110 Fourth Street NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87103 (on 4th street mall, south of Copper)
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (not open on holidays/weekends)
Cost: $2 adults, $1 children under 12.
The Tinkertown Museum is part collection of miniature wooden scenes, part gallery of the odd and unusual, and part adventure. The exhibits were created over a 40 year period, in what started as a hobby. The miniature wood-carved figures are often animated, and the detailed scenes depict weddings, western towns, circuses and more. There is a gift store and bookstore on site.
Location: On Highway 536 on the way to the Sandia Crest in Sandia Park
Hours: April 1 through October 31, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily
Cost: $3.50 adults, $3 seniors 62+, $1 children 4 - 16. Kids under 4 admitted free of charge.
Did you know turqoise is New Mexico's state gemstone? The museum houses an extensive collection of turquoise from mines around the world. You'll find specimens of many shapes and sizes and everything you ever wanted to know about this iconic New Mexico gemstone.
Location: 2107 Central NW
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays; closed Sundays
Cost: $3 children 12 and under, seniors 55 and over, AAA and groups of 15 or more.