Last Updated: 10/10/20 | October 10th, 2020
The truth is out there and little gray aliens have visited the planet. Well, at least according to those at the Roswell UFO Museum in Roswell, New Mexico.
Supposedly, on July 3, 1947, ranch owner Mac Brazel discovered a crashed flying saucer, along with several alien bodies. The military, at first, said it was a flying saucer, then later called it a weather balloon and swore everyone to secrecy. Many books have been written and TV documentaries have been filmed about it.
Any potential evidence was removed and put in Area 51, the CIA basement, or some other super-secret place where they also keep Indiana Jones’ Ark of the Covenant.
Opened to visitors in 1992, the museum’s mission is to educate the general public about all aspects of the UFO phenomenon. Its exhibits include information on Roswell, crop circles, sightings, Area 51, government cover-ups, and alien abductions.
The highlight of the museum is a fake alien corpse from the 1994 Showtime movie “Roswell: The UFO Coverup.” The museum also has a replica of the Mayan sarcophagus lid found in Palenque, Mexico, that supposedly shows a man blasting off in a spaceship.
Clearly, there is a lot of this weird stuff here. If you are a sci-fi or alien enthusiast, this place is for you. Even if you are a skeptic, you should check it out anyway. It’s always good to know what the other side thinks!
As visitors began going to Roswell en mass, the town decided to come up with an annual anniversary to celebrate the crash. Since 1996, the annual Roswell UFO Festival draws people from all walks of life to the town. Here, activities range from carnivals to trade shows, from alien costume contests to UFO lectures, and everything in between. Famous UFO researchers attend to present up-to-date information on aliens and UFOs.
Many visitors come numerous times and some spend days or even weeks doing research in the library designed to help people prove the existence of aliens and a government coverup.
There’s something for every interested person here — skeptic, curious, or true believer. At the very least, it gives you a chance to break up that long road trip through the desert and see a bit of quirky America.
More Things to See and Do in Roswell
Aside from the UFO museum, there are plenty of other things to see and do during your visit. Here are some of my top suggestions:
- Explore Bottomless Lakes State Park – Located just outside of town, these cenotes are a great place to spend a relaxing day. Have a picnic, go for a swim, and enjoy the scenic views while you ponder whether or not we’re alone in the universe. The park is just 14 miles from Roswell and free to visit. Campsites start at $10 USD.
- Visit the Roswell Museum and Art Center – Home to a collection of over 11,000 items, this museum showcases the history and cultural traditions of the American West. They feature a lot of Native American art and history as well. Admission is free.
- See the Historic District – There is some really interesting architecture here, and you can see the various influences on many of the homes and buildings are you walk around. There are lots of cute shops (as well as lots of kitschy ones). There’s also a ghost tour you can check out if you’re looking to learn more about the city’s paranormal past. Ghost tours are $20 USD.
- Visit the Walker Aviation Museum – Located at the Walker Airforce Base, this is a great stop for aviation geeks or anyone traveling with children. They have some helicopters and planes as well as some relics from WWII. Best of all, admission is free!
- Explore Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge – Walking trails can take you around this park and wetland, where you can see all sorts of birds and wildlife, as well as some 80 species of dragonflies! There are also over 350 types of birds and 50 species of reptiles. Admission is free.
How to Visit the Roswell UFO Museum
The Roswell UFO Museum is located at 114 N Main Street in Roswell, New Mexico. If you have a car, the museum is a 3-hour drive from Albuquerque, 9 hours from Phoenix, and just over 7 hours from Dallas.
If you plan on taking the bus, Greyhound has tickets starting at $60 USD from Albuquerque and $105 USD from Phoenix.
Admission to the museum is $5 USD for adults and there are discounts for children, seniors, military members, and first responders. They’re open daily from 9am-5pm (but closed on Chrismas Day, New Year’s Day, and Thanksgiving). The museum also offers lectures and events throughout the year.
For more details, you can contact the museum by phone (+1 575-625-9495) or visit their website at roswellufomuseum.com.
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