Alien Research Center
Alien Research Center
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Speciality & Gift Shops
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Alien Research Center is the gateway to Area 51, stop in for the latest in Alien apparel, hats, mugs and magnets. Learn about the great things to do in Area 51.
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100 Extraterrestrial Highway, Hiko, NV 89017
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mary t
Pittsburgh, PA26 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Very Disappointed because after checking if they were open, they were closed at 2;00 IN AFTERNOON. We walked around the outside and looked in the door, but no one was around, The drive to get there was interesting. Much of the land very barren with a few farms along the way.
Written 30 September 2023
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Jim T
Kenai, AK1,161 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
I was really looking forward to exploring the Alien Research Center located at 100 NV-375, Hiko, NV. So planning ahead I checked to see what their hours and days of operation were since I was going to be there on a Saturday morning. No problem, open daily from 9am - 5pm….. or so I thought.
Upon arrival at about 11am I found the doors locked. A sign on the door said it was supposed to be open (except on Mondays and Tuesdays when they would be closed). So disappointed….. but since I would be coming back by in a few hours perhaps they would be open then…… nope, at 2 pm they we’re still closed.
I won’t be making a special trip back out there just to visit this place….. maybe if I’m nearby I might try again.
Written 13 April 2022
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Tabitha A
Kangaroo Flat, Australia388 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This place could be wow - but it’s missing it’s opportunities. It’s a shop full of plastic junk you could buy at Walmart, with exception of a few stickers that are probably out of stock anyway. Not worth the several hours drive to/from Vegas. It should be about information in the area, what/when/how/who with exhibits and stories and newspaper articles and photos and all that stuff, but instead it’s a wall full of graffiti.
Written 15 January 2020
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Me_n_my_rucksack
Yorkshire, UK6,226 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
As opposed to the Lil Alie'in at Rachael which is kinda quirks with food amd lots of information.... this is just a Sci Fi shop.

Lots of people have bemoaned its never open - but I dont think that matters that much - its just a shop and the main attraction is getting some photos (It has a cool AREA 51 sign).
Glad we stopped and had a look as it was en route elsewhere... happier that we didnt make a special trip.
Written 17 April 2023
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NevadaTurista
Nevada34 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Solo
North side of Nevada SR 375 just a short distance after it splits off from SR 318 near Hiko. Steel agri-dome structure with big, goofy alien outside (should have tipped me off as to the level of "research" that takes place here). No website that I can find, but the Facebook page indicates it's a liquor store (although they sell a lot more than liquor).

Thankfully, there was no admission fee. If you're a level-headed, serious aerial phenomena researcher, don't even waste the elbow grease turning your steering wheel to pull in here. All this place holds is a collection of mass-produced sci-fi and UFO pop-culture trinkets - T-shirts, posters, toys, books, videos, maybe a few autographed posters and photos from "ID4" (Independence Day), "X-Files," "Paul" and other movies and TV shows. It is very much the cliche' tourist trap aimed at passionate UFO/Area 51 admirers and curiosity seekers (like me). The guy who runs it wasn't even there the day I visited. Instead, his disinterested, less-than-enthused niece was hosting the checkout, and she barely lifted her eyes to acknowledge my presence - even though I was the sole visitor. She did admit that it was not truly a research center but rather merely a store. Just bought a couple of refrigerator magnets to say I'd been there.

I do highly recommend that you visit nearby ET Fresh Jerky (see related review) - if not to satiate your curiosity about UFOs and Area 51, certainly to cure any hunger pangs. Good variety of jerky, nuts, snacks, dried fruits and veggies, and prices are not bad.
Written 22 February 2015
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JRinLasVegas
Michigan248 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
I've been this way six or seven times and only once was the Center open. There is no signage indicating their hours so we were stumped as to when we could get in again. The interior is large and well maintained with many interesting and intriguing info bytes on the subject of extraterrestrial life and the gift shop was nicely done too. I'd give it five stars if I could ever get back inside again!
Written 18 January 2016
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dm73
Gimli, Canada85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
If you're truly expecting an actual alien research centre you'll be disappointed, but if you understand this is just another part of the fun of the Area 51 experience you'll enjoy it. If it is closed, try calling the phone number for someone to open it up.
Written 31 July 2016
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Mickey J
Enigma, GA55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
A fun stop on the extra-terrestrial highway. Staff very friendly and gives you a lot of tips on travel and things to avoid.
Written 26 June 2020
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scoobyscout
Belfast, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Great place to stop on your way to 51, the lady was very helpful and chatty and a great choice of tacky souvenirs which had to be bought.
Written 30 August 2019
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Lourdes A
Riverside, California8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Fun place to stop for a rest, buy Area 51 souvenirs and take some pictures with the giant alien statue outside. To complete your Area 51 experience, I also highly recommend touring with the guys at Planet XV Area 51 tours where you’ll also get to see cool UFO’s.
Written 29 June 2018
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