Finding The Truth At The International UFO Museum and Research Center
- Date Visited: February 10, 2021
- Address: 114 N Main St, Roswell, NM 88203
- Phone: (575) 625-9495
- Hours: Open Daily 9 am-5 pm
- Price: Adults $5 - Children $2
- Pets: Yes
The Roswell crash…did it really happen?
You just might find the answers at the The International UFO Museum and Research Center.
Only one word pops in everyone’s head when you mention Roswell, New Mexico and that is Aliens. The town became famous in early July 1947 with what would be later known as “The Roswell Incident.” For several days flying discs were reported being seen in the sky. Then an unidentified flying object supposedly crashed on a ranch near Roswell. Rancher William Brazel discovered unusual debris in the field and reported the incident.
The US military stated that the crashed object was merely a weather balloon launched from nearby Alamogordo Army Air Field as part of classified Project Mogul. Many didn’t believe the story though. There were rumors that a ship and bodies were discovered and everything was covered up by the government.
The International UFO Museum & Research Center is a nonprofit corporation that was founded in the fall of 1991 by Walter Haut, Glenn Dennis and Max Littell. The museum opened its doors to visitors in the fall of 1992. The museum is dedicated to the collection and preservation of any and all materials and information that are related to “The Roswell Incident.” They also collect and preserve materials on all other unexplained phenomena related to UFO research.
The UFO Museum’s Research Center Library is rumored to be the second largest collection of UFO information in the world (I believe the C.I.A. is number #1…what a surprise)! The museum houses more than 7,000 books, over 30,000 magazines, periodicals, pamphlets and more than 1,500 DVDs all related related to the UFO phenomena. The collection is completely open to the public and contains a number of rare and unique items. Unfortunately this area was closed while we visited because of COVID-19 so we didn’t get to peruse the collection.
Now let’s talk about the exhibits inside the museum. There’s an in-depth timeline on the walls of the entire “Roswell Incident”. There’s a giant replica of Gort from the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still as well as other movie and TV memorabilia. There is alien themed artwork and comics, information on crop circles and alien abductions, as well as some unusual art pieces.
My favorite piece was a replica of the Palenque Astronaut. This piece of ancient Mayan art is believed to show evidence that an alien had visited Earth before? The piece was just intricately detailed and beautiful.
There is a mock alien autopsy and the set from the TV show Making Monsters that appeared on the Travel Channel that make great photo ops. Actually, there are a ton of great photo ops to be had inside.
One aspect of the museum I love is that they don’t try to persuade you that the Roswell crash happened or that aliens exist. They just present you with all the different information they have collected and give you the opinions on both sides. You have to decide what you believe is the truth.
So if you’re in Roswell and only have time to make one stop it has to be this museum. It’s worth every penny of the very cheap admission. Also this place is pet friendly as long as they are on a leash. Many businesses in Roswell are.
And just for curiosities sake do you believe in little green men?
I for one do not, but I’m pretty sure the Reptiloids are already walking among us 😉