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“Chiricahua Desert Museum”

Chiricahua Desert Museum
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Rodeo
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Owner description: A beautiful stop along Historic Route 80NM. Open 7 Days a week 9-5pm. Closed only Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. Hundreds of Reptiles on Exhibit. A stunning gift shop and two out door desert garden areas complete with a running creek and pond. Photographers delight in the abundance of wildlife. Come see us soon. Adults $7.00 Youth 12 and Under, Seniors 55 and over, Active Military,and First Reponders $5.00 Children 5 and under a free with a paid gaurdian.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Chiricahua Desert Museum”
Reviewed 13 February 2014

Very pleasant stop. You do have to pay for the Museum but the gift shop is worthwhile as well. The small but well put together museum has interesting displays. Snakes and other desert creatures seem well taken care of (I always want them to have larger cages but they were clean and maintained) and accompanying displays include old collections of related items and contemporary art with a general reptile theme. Clean bathrooms, even good coffee is available for a fee. Walk out into the small outdoor display that they're expanding. Very Nice.

Visited February 2014
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Tucson, Arizona
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58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Excellent viewing of various herps and great gift shop”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

The variety of herps to view is amazing. There is a small fee, but worth it. The gift shop and book store is fantastic. They have the whole range from trinkets and garden art to naturalist books and field guides.

Visited July 2013
Thank R S
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Clifton, Arizona
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Herper's Heaven”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Naturalists of all kinds will enjoy this stop over on the way to the Eastern Slope of the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona. They maintain an indoor and an outdoor reptile museum and also have the largest nature book store I've ever seen... It's a great place to visit and shop!
There is a small fee to visit the indoor museum, but it helps maintain the live exhibits so that's a worthy cause.

Visited September 2013
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Cool, educational escape from summer's heat”
Reviewed 3 June 2013

Discovered the museum about a year ago on the way to Portal, Arizona. Had only a short time to spare, so explored the fabulous gift shop and vowed to return. Visited the museum on June 1 - what a delight! The unusual exhibits include a quirky, eclectic blend of items from around the world with a reptile theme, all beautifully and thoughfully displayed in an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. The upper walls are lined with fantastic and creative artwork which also adds to the visual stimulation. It's a museum, art gallery and shopping experience all rolled into one.
Both inside and out, the building, artwork and gardens are gorgeous. There's handicap access for wheelchair accommodation. The building is air conditioned, and snacks are available.
The gift shop (free) is worth a visit in itself. Most gifts have a southwestern theme. The quality products are offered at fair prices - a one-stop shop for Christmas and birthdays. We will be back!

Visited June 2013
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Georgetown, Texas
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112 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Well worth the side trip!”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

If you are traveling the Southwest, and not in a hurry, this is a great stop! It is a bit out of the way some 30 miles South of I-10 on NM Hwy 80. This 8000 sq ft facility is part museum ($3 fee) and part gift shop (free)

The museum is an eclectic hodge-podge of things from a million-year old chinese dinosaur egg, through a rough history of characters the old west, to a collection of beers that even I have never seen. The museum also houses a very good collection of live snakes, predominately poisonous ones from the Chiricahua Desert. It will make you watch where you step after you leave!

In addition to the museum, there is a nice little desert garden that is very pleasant to walk through if it is not too hot outside.

The gift shop is very good, complete with some excellent Native American jewelery at reasonable prices, a very good selection of books on local history & color, guide books on birds, desert plants, desert reptiles & other animals as well as wares from local artists and the usual collection of T-shirts & hats. The gift shop actually supplies most of the other gift shops within a radius of several hundred miles.

Visited May 2013
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