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Mesalands Dinosaur Museum

222 E Laughlin Ave, Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401 USA

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  • 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
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

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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!

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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

Reviewed by
suziparound

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
August 09, 2017
Rated 5.0

So much fun! There are lots of cool fossils and bronze replicas of dinosaur skeletons

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Reviewed by
kinziemarieharvell

  • 27 Reviews
  • 1 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!

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Reviewed by
HeatherGearhart

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 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.

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Reviewed by
LMoney

  • 10 Reviews
  • 1 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.

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Reviewed by
bjennz

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 23, 2016
Rated 5.0

It was a lot of fun! Even my "too cool"for this pre-teen enjoyed himself. We will definitely be back.

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Reviewed by
lynnpape

  • 1 Review
  • 0 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!

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Reviewed by
srosello84

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 11, 2016
Rated 5.0

My family had a blast at the dinosaur museum. There were a lot of cool information and it only took about 45 minutes to go through. Tickets were cheap and they have a great military discount.

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Mesalands Dinosaur Museum

222 E Laughlin Ave
Tucumcari, New Mexico
88401 USA

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  • Tue - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
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