Roswell, New Mexico: International UFO MuseumMost serious look at UFOs in town. For those who go bug-eyed over little green men and their cracked-up saucers, the truth is in here.
Visitor Tips and News About International UFO Museum
The best time to visit the UFO Museum by far is July 4th weekend. Every year the museum hosts the Roswell UFO Festival during this weekend, and for the price of museum admission you get to hear lectures by self-proclaimed abductees, UFOlogists, and a variety of scientists who believe in the UFO phenomenon. Some of the biggest names in the UFO community stop by for this event. The city of Roswell has other events during this weekend, such as an alien costume contest (for pets and humans), and as of 2011, a wine festival. There are people roaming downtown in foil hats and a variety of alien costumes. Be sure to book lodging early, as this event sells out Roswell's hotels and RV parks every year. I have gone every year for the last four years (in costume!) and it's a blast.
If you don't visit during the festival, it's still an interesting place. Be sure to check out the rest of downtown and ask about the walking tours of the former air base.[Stephanie, 07/20/2011]
No trip to Roswell is complete without some time spent at The International UFO Museum & Research Center. It's a fascinating museum (and research center; make sure you check out the expansive library and periodical room on the lower level) put together by passionate folks.
A recent featured exhibit is a replica of the carved sarcophagus lid of the Palenque Astronaut, K'inich Janaab' Pakal.[Sara, ofwhimsyphotography.com, 05/12/2010]
Wow, was this place disappointing. Poor quality displays. Very amateurish. A total waste of money.[Darby, 05/01/2010]
With a $2 donation "strongly urged" (toward the building fund), we headed in. There are a lot of framed newspaper clippings, some good photos of related information. More than just Roswell, but all UFO/alien related. There is a great deal of thought-provoking information here, but most could be gathered from the internet. The fun is meeting Glenn Dennis wandering around (he started all this) and seeing the other UFO visitors. Great gift shop and comprehensive library. Good stuff for the alien implant in all of us![Mike and Geneva, 09/02/2005]
This entertaining museum is dedicated to the famous alleged crash landing of a UFO near the small town of Roswell, NM. The museum is free, however donations are appreciated according to the front desk signage. They recommend giving yourself 1 1/2 hours to see it all -- I got considerable enjoyment out of it in 30 min. Highlights include maps of the supposed crash site, newspaper clippings from across the U.S. about the event and a gruesome dummy from the Alien Autopsy hoax. Make sure you bring a small chunk of change so you can bring home one of their hundreds of alien paraphernalia.[Jason Graham, 03/26/2002]