Slither into this Albuquerque museum and come out rattled over how cool it is. If you asp me, you don’t want to hiss the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Located in Old Town, Albuquerque, the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop celebrates all things serpentes. The Albuquerque museum’s mission is to correct common reptilian misconceptions and, with around 34 different varieties of live rattlesnakes, it is home to the world’s largest collection of different species (they say they have more than the Bronx Zoo, Philadelphia Zoo, National Zoo, Denver Zoo,San Francisco Zoo, and San Diego Zoo combined!). The museum was opened on May 5, 1990 by native Albuquerque resident and former high school biology teacher Bob Myers.
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Snake through the rooms of the museum to find different species at every corner. Get up close and observe the snakes in glass tanks furnished with the finest greenery and hiding spaces typical of their native habitats.
You’ll also be able to explore snake and snake-related memorabilia, artwork, and artifacts, study materials and educational tools, and shop the gift shop for the perfect snake souvenir.
Scared of snakes? While this might not be the best attraction for those who suffer from ophidiophobia, for the casual visitor there is nothing to worry about. Rattlesnakes only bite people when they’re scared or angry, so as long as you refrain from tapping on the glass or reaching into the habitats, you should be fine. Still, anyone who forks over the admission fee will come out with a Certificate of Bravery to commemorate their trip and reward them for courageously making it through.
Scale up your road trip itinerary and add this snake museum to your agenda. I promise, these snakes will charm you.
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Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop
Address: 202 San Felipe St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Cost: $8.95 (Adults), $7.95 (Seniors 60+, Active Military, Teachers, Students – ID Required), $6.95 (Children 3 through 12), FREE (Children Under 3)
September 1st – May 31st: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30pm-5:30pm, Closed Sunday-Monday
June 1st – August 31st: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30pm-5:30pm, Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm, Closed Monday
Hours, admission, and information subject to change. Visit the attraction’s official website for up-to-date information.