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American International Rattlesnake Museum

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Neighbourhood: West Old Town
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Address: 202 San Felipe St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1442
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+1 505-242-6569
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 17:30
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

This museum houses the world's largest collection of different species of...

This museum houses the world's largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes and aims to correct common reptilian misconceptions.

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Tiny Museum with Many Snakes

This little museum does not look like much from the outside but there is quite a bit of variety in reptiles. The animals appear to be well-cared for and each display provides... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 December 2016
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

This little museum does not look like much from the outside but there is quite a bit of variety in reptiles. The animals appear to be well-cared for and each display provides information about the habitat and habits of the snake. Though I am not a fan of snakes I felt this would be a good opportunity to learn about... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

If you can get past the fact that a thin piece of glass is the only thing between you and a venomous, dangerous serpent, you'll really enjoy it. And we did! Many varieties of rattlesnakes are shown, some of them are even sassy enough to show off their rattles. There's also lots of information about rattlesnakes, some really cool souvenirs... More 

Thank Deborah P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

As a visiting Brit, i knew nothing about rattlesnakes. I now consider myself educated. It's not a big place but it's packed full of stuff. The guy who works there was very interesting to talk too. I saw this on a Billy Connolly "route 66" documentary and knew i had to go! Recommended

Thank Mikw
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

This small, quirky museum (?) is a cross between a serpentarium and a state fair exhibit. Regardless, the five of us thoroughly enjoyed it, especially our 8 year old grandson who asked repeatedly to return the next day. There was a little bit of everything. The educational film was engrossing, the rattlers and other reptiles were fascinating. The owner has... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

October 7, 2016 - The American International Rattlesnake Museum is located in Old Town Albuquerque just off the main plaza. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors and $3 kids. The hours are vary by season. Entering the museum takes you first to the gift shop where you pay admission to proceed into the exhibits. Once going past the gift shop,... More 

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Colleyville, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This was the best stop in Old Town. The admission is cheap and once you get past the gift shop it is quite entertaining. We learned a lot about the different types of rattlesnakes and some history of the area. We were very surprised at the quality since we have been to lesser museums that cost a lot more. Worth... More 

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Ames, IA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We included this museum in our first visit to Old Town. It is small and a little crowded, which does feel a little close if you think too hard about the snakes, but it was fascinating. The information about the snakes is interesting, and there are so many! The owner was friendly and answered lots of questions for us.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Small but has a lot of reptiles, facts, and spiders to view. Videos to watch and everything is kid friendly with steps for kids to view.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

A fun and inexpensive little museum (I think it costs $2 to get in). There are live rattlesnakes and scorpions and merchandise and a short video. It's in Oldtown and a nice way to break up the day down there.

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Greenwood Village, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

I visit every time I'm in Albuquerque. It's not only interesting, but great conservation and interpretation for kids. Must see if you are in town.

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