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American International Rattlesnake Museum

Field review by the editors.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Despite its hemisphere-spanning name, and its claim of housing the world's largest collection of live rattlesnake species, the American International Rattlesnake Museum is the work of one man, Bob Myers. His maze-like attraction features over 150 snakes behind glass, 34 varieties in all, including the rare, highly venomous midget faded rattlesnake; the Eastern diamondback (considered to be one of the world's most dangerous snakes); and even a bright yellow albino rattler that would've been quickly eaten in the wild.

Bob Myers, 2008.

Albuquerque is a large city that celebrates its rattlesnakes (there's a giant one outdoors just down the road), and Bob is a rattlesnake friend, not foe (he's only been bitten once); his museum strives to debunk myths and cure phobias, as well as showcase examples of snake-related art, snakebite kits, and "snake oil" medicine.

Bob says that more women than men visit the museum, feeding time is always popular (but not for the mice on the menu), and all visitors receive a Certificate of Bravery, signed by Bob, when they exit into the gift shop.

American International Rattlesnake Museum

202 San Felipe St. NW, Albuquerque, NM
Take Central Ave. west from I-25 about 3 miles to Old Town and Old Route 66.
Sep.-May M-F 11:30-5:30, Sa 10-6, Su 1-5. June-Aug. M-Sa 10-6, Su 1-5. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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