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    A Serious Art Center in this city - not on UFO's

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    Roswell Museum and Art Center, New Mexico

    Yes, Roswell is not just about UFO's! There's a really serious Museum, also known as the RMAC, which has very serious artists, being awarded Subsequent Accreditation from the American Association of Museums. This means that RMAC has a seal of approval that brings national recognition that have a committment to excellence and high insitutional standards! There are 774 accredited museums in the USA and ten are in New Mexico.

    There is not one mention of UFOs or aliens when you enter the museum. The exhibits are very nice and the galleries with good square footage. However, sometimes they do touch the topic of UFOs -- like on July 2009, they do have some sort of Alien Costume Contest - Friday, July 3 where families can have a lot of artistic fun! Great Idea!

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    I made a short video of us in Rosell, New Mexico!
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    See the Famous Alien Autopsy Dummy!

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    The alien prop at the UFO Roswell Museum, NM

    Am I the one millionth person to see this dummy? Am I? Am I?

    Sorry, but I was tooooo late. The one-millionth visitor person passed through these doors in the Summer of 2001 since the Museum opened for visitors in the Fall of 1992 - that means an amazing average of 150,000 people annually representing 35 foreign countries and every USA state!

    And all of them to see the famous autopsy dummy at the end of the exhibit -- this alien prop actually scared the heck out of my son! It is one of the original aliens created for and featured in the Showtime movie, "Roswell" and Executive producer Paul Davids placed this in the museum after the movie was completed.

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    I made a short video of us in Rosell, New Mexico!
    Hope you like this spooky alien video:

    JUMPING FAMILY IN ROSWELL!

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    Do UFO/Alien Research at Roswell Library!

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    After going through the UFO and Alien Exhibits at the International UFO Museum, go to the left side before you go the exit and you will find the LIBRARY.

    This is open to the public and kids, specially...there still are some stuffed aliens and exhibits in the library, including a video show and a hallway full of UFO memorabilia.

    The library is considered the biggest and most comprehensive UFO library in the world, on the planet! A unique function of the library staff is to visit with people who have questions or info about their own experiences whether a sighting, and abduction or contact. We are not alone!

    There is also a wonderful large mural at the end wall of the library depicting the Roswell crash and paintaed by students of the 1999 Roswell High School Art Club.

    In the Museum itself, read about the UFO Timeline:

    The activities surrounding the events of July 1947 when the UFO supposedly crashed are all detailed at the Museum. Although people may laugh at the alien sightings, the research on this subject is actually a scientific endeavour and there are people who are really passionately pursuing it.

    The timeline exhibit provides a day-to-day accounting of the events that became the Roswell Incident. Yes, there's a lot of reading but for people who are interested in UFO, this is very interesting! Witness testimonies, maps and photographs, newspapaer clippings...including copies of the Great Cover-Up information including Project Mogul, Roswell Case Closed and "Harold" the anthromorphic dummy!

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    I made a short video of us in Rosell, New Mexico!
    Hope you like this spooky alien video:

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    There will be new UFO Museum in the future!!!

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    This International UFO Museum will relocate soon!

    So, finally we have arrived here after watching too many documentaries on the Roswell crash!

    The mission statement of the MUseum is to inform the public about what has come to be known as "The Roswell Incident". They have made this non-profit organization 501 (c) (3) in 1991 and it continues to be dedicated to the collection and preservation of materials and information in written, audio and visual formats that are relevant to the 1947 incident.

    When you go into the International UFO Museum, you will not only encounter information about the Roswell Incident. The Museum has also dedicated some areas to other strange phenomenon that have been associated with UFO's and aliens.

    Remember the crop circles? How about Area 51 -- these other strange things on our planet are also covered by the museum.

    There are exhibits from the Center for UFO studies in Chicago (the world-renowned CUFOS) and then the ehibits go into detail on the Roswell metal fragment although no actual artifacts are shown...If there are artifacts, they might be locked somewhere in a military facility under the desert!?
    The corporation is governed by an established board of directors and operates through donations, admissions, memberships and gift shop sales. there is also membership available to those paying tax-deductible fees.

    The Museum is open seven days a week from 9AM to 5PM. Adults pay only $5, 5-15yo $2, 4yo and under $3, and seniors and active military $3.

    However, they are creating a new UFO Museum for the future! The facility is planned to be on 701-725 N Main St and the architectural plan looks great! Very extraterrestial...yippee!

    UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!

    I made a short video of us in Rosell, New Mexico!
    Hope you like this spooky alien video:

    JUMPING FAMILY IN ROSWELL!

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    Roswell Pioneer Plaza

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    Roswell Pioneer Plaza, New Mexico
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    Driving through the main road of Roswell, you won’t miss this little Plaza called the Roswell Pioneer Plaza. It is right across from the courthouse – the 1911 Chaves County Courthouse east of it. The Chaves Courthouse has a nice architecture categorized as that of the “monumental civic style”.

    Another prominent historical building near this plaza is the Conoco service station built in the 1920’s, one the few remaining intact early gasoline stations in NM.

    The plaza also has very nice statues that are perfect for picture taking in Roswell – a nice alternative to just taking pictures beside the aliens.

    UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!

    I made a short video of us in Rosell, New Mexico!
    Hope you like this spooky alien video:

    JUMPING FAMILY IN ROSWELL!

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    Pioneer Plaza

    by toonsarah Updated Jan 10, 2012

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    If you want a break from photographing the aliens, the central Pioneer Plaza is a pleasant place to hang out for a while. At its centre is this attractive sculpture, entitled “Cattle King of the Pecos”. It shows John Simpson Chisum, a cattle baron who owned a ranch (South Spring Ranch) four miles southeast of “downtown” Roswell in the mid 19th century. Chisum was involved in the Lincoln County War and initially helped Billy the Kid who was one of his ranch hands, before falling out with him and losing cattle to his raids. He was involved in getting Pat Garrett elected as sheriff, who later went on to shoot the Kid, as I describe in my Fort Sumner tip on Billy the Kid’s grave. He was played by John Wayne in the 1970 film of the same name.

    The two most notable buildings in the vicinity of the plaza are rather a contrast in scale and style. One is the Chaves County Courthouse, built in 1911 in the Beaux Arts Classical style popular at that time, and showing the sort of grandeur thought necessary to strike fear into any criminal to be tried here. The other is the modest Conoco service station built in the 1920s. I had read that this was one of the few remaining intact early gasoline stations in the state, so I expected it to be a gas station, complete with photogenic old pumps, and was a little disappointed to discover that it’s now an office.

    The square was constructed in 1997 on the site of what was known as Roswell’s Pioneer Block, hence the name. The first adobe building in Roswell once stood on this site, but is long gone, although a square of brown paving tiles containing the red Zia sun sign, on the Main Street side of the square, shows its former location. A cement square with park benches on the corner of 4th and Main Streets marks the location of the store where Sheriff Pat Garrett bought the ammunition he used to shoot Billy the Kid. Unfortunately when the city authorities developed the square they demolished all the buildings then standing here, and nothing was saved for posterity apart from these marks on the ground. And although it’s a very pleasant town square, and apparently well used by residents for all sorts of events, it’s a shame that nothing now remains from Roswell’s early days.

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    International UFO Museum

    by toonsarah Updated Jan 10, 2012

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    In June 1947 a local man, "Mac" Brazel, found some odd-looking debris on a ranch some 30 miles north of the town. Early official press releases referred to a “flying disc”, although these were quickly counteracted by reports identifying it as a weather balloon. The incident was soon forgotten, and it was only in the 1970s, with UFO fever at a height, that it was investigated further. By that time many of those involved would have had plenty of time to forget what had happened, but that hasn’t stopped a very detailed account being put together, albeit with many conflicting stories within it.

    Many of those who believe in UFOs are convinced that Brazel had found a crashed spaceship, complete with its alien pilot who died in the crash. Sceptics are equally convinced that it was no such thing. The believers, including (naturally) those who run this museum, can find plenty of evidence to indicate some sort of cover-up by the authorities, while those who are unconvinced by tales of aliens can easily explain these cover-ups by speculation about secret government programmes aimed at getting early warnings of Soviet atomic activity.

    Whichever “camp” you belong to, you have to be impressed with the dedication and attention to detail of those who have amassed this collection. It is extremely thorough. Of most visual appeal are the several dioramas of aliens, and most famously the rather gruesome visualisation of the supposed “alien autopsy” that followed the 1947 discovery (see photo two - if you have the stomach for it!).

    But these are just the tip of the iceberg when compared to the sizeable collections here. These are spread across a number of bays, each with a theme. The first few deal specifically with the Roswell Incident, with numerous press cuttings of the time, transcripts of interviews with those involved (and many who weren’t but were subsequently keen to air their views). There is little attempt at balance – you are left in no doubt that those responsible for these displays are convinced that the debris found on that ranch was the remains of an alien spaceship. In fact it is difficult not to get drawn into that belief yourself, such is the weight of “evidence”, at least in terms of its quantity. What seems incontrovertible is that the official story was changed a day or two after the initial press release, and the material displayed here also seems to point to the fact that this was no mere weather balloon, as the authorities claimed. But whether this was done to cover up an alien invasion, or perhaps more plausibly to correct the loose wording of an over enthusiastic individual and to conceal some sort of secret government programme, is certainly open to question. However, it is much more fun, at least while in Roswell, to suspend your disbelief and go along with the possibility at least that aliens once came here! And as a big science fiction fan, I certainly wanted to believe ;-)

    In addition to the material about the local “alien activity” there are displays about other suggested examples of evidence of alien activity (such as crop circles, images left by ancient cultures etc), other famous sightings, quotes from famous people who have some belief in extra-terrestrial life (including astronauts and even a former President!) and a section devoted to the film that was made about the Roswell Incident. It is in this last section that you will find the “alien autopsy”, and it should be pointed out that this could be quite scary for younger visitors.

    Admission to the museum cost us $5 (October 2011 prices) and we easily got that amount of fun out of it. You’re allowed to take photos throughout which for us added to the enjoyment – it’s not every day that you get to photograph an alien!

    The museum also has a large gift shop, although you’ll probably need to be either obsessed with aliens, or a child, to find anything you really want to buy here. I was impressed though by the number of low cost items on sale – very helpful for the parents of young children expert in pester power! And for those who want to really immerse themselves in the subject matter there is a research library onsite too.

    The museum can also claim a major role in putting Roswell on the tourist map. Its popularity has brought visitors here in large numbers, encouraged business growth and even spawned an annual UFO Festival!

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    Roswell Goddard Planetarium

    by jumpingnorman Updated May 24, 2009

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    Roswell Goddard Planetarium, New Mexico

    This planetarium is directly adjacent to the Roswell Museum and Art Center. A great way to explore the stars through its star shows and multimedia programs. The facility has 120 seats and lots of hands-on activities for the little ones to help understand the universe and maybe why “we are not alone”? Hehehe…

    Actually, this was opened way back in 1969 in collaboration with the school district – and it’s great they have it because what’s the use of having all these info on aliens when you do not have a place for the “stars”?

    Just call them at 575-624-6744, ext. 26 to check for shows and prices.

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    UFO Festival

    by laforstraveller Written Apr 18, 2008

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    Lord I wish I could put this under "Off the Beaten Path" tips, but . . . it's what draws the tourists to my hometown. UFOs! Growing up, we never heard anything about the UFOs until a TV show happend to do an expose on the subject. Then, all of a sudden, Roswell was on the international map. This all happend when I was in junior high.

    Anyways, every year Roswell hosts a UFO Festival in July, right around the 4th of July holiday. Thousands upon thousands of tourists descend upon my hometown, dressing up in extraterrestrial (sp?) costumes, listening to concerts at the convention center, buying all sorts of kitchy souveniers in downtown, visiting the UFO museum, touring the different sites that claim to be where the UFO crashed, and boosting Roswell's economy. As long as everyone's having fun and not taking everything too seriously, why not?

    I've attached a couple of links. The first is for the UFO Festival itself. This year, 2008, it is being held July 3-6. The second link is for Roswell's Chamber of Commerce. They can provide you will all sorts of good information about current happenings in Roswell, and its history.

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    Roswell and surrounding for kids

    by laforstraveller Written Aug 27, 2007

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    There are quite a few things to do in and around Roswell for children.

    Roswell:
    Spring River Park and Zoo (On the corner of Atkinson and College)--free
    Cahoon Park (On Union, North of 2nd Street)--free
    UFO Museum--(Main Street, just North of 2nd Street)--free but donations accepted
    Chaves County Historical Museum--(On the corner of Lea and 2nd Street)--small fee
    Roswell Museum and Art Center--(11th St, just off of Main St)--small fee
    Robert H Goddard Planetarium--(11th St, next door to museum)--small fee

    Around Roswell:
    Bottomless Lakes (12 miles E of Roswell on Hwy 380)--free, but $5 parking
    Ruidoso (70 miles W of Roswell on Hwy 380)--race track, skiing, hiking, breathtaking scenery
    Inn of the Mountain Gods (on Mescalero Reservation by Ruidoso)--only casino in area
    White Sands National Monument and Missile Range (SW of Roswell--past Ruidoso)
    Carlsbad Caverns (South of Roswell on Hwy 285)--nominal fee (worth every penny)
    Valley of Fires (just West of Carrizozo on Hwy 380)--hiking, amazing views
    Lincoln (West of Roswell on Hwy 380)--Billy the Kid

    There is so much to see and do in the area that both kids and adults will enjoy. Roswell is central to most everything there is to do in SE New Mexico.

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    Bottomless Lakes

    by laforstraveller Updated Aug 27, 2007

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    Bottomless Lakes is an awesome place to go swimming! It's 12 miles East outside of Roswell's city center off of Hwy 380. Admission is free, however, you do have to pay to park--$5.00 per vehicle.

    Lea Lake, the largest of the chain, is where the recreation center (i.e. swimming) is at. The water is quite clear and there are a lot of little fish. The kids love trying to catch them in cups. It's a wonderful spot for both older kids and babies. Zero-depth entry. The kids also like playing in the sand, so be sure to bring some sand toys. You can rent pedal boats on an hourly basis--though I don't remember the price. There are plenty of picnic tables around, however, in the summer the bees get pretty bothersome--so beware!

    There are several other smaller lakes in the area surrounded by cliffs, which are quite interesting to see. The contrast of the gypsum and the iron in the soil is quite beautiful. The visitor center, which you reach shortly after entering the park, has a ton of information about the area, and is worth a stop. If you plan on visiting without swimming, camping, or hiking, I would forgo paying the $5.00 parking fee, as you will not be there long enough for the park rangers to "ticket" you.

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    The Palenque Carving

    by Basaic Written Jul 24, 2007

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    Recreation of the Palenque Carving

    I found this display in the UFO Museum interesting enough to give it its own tip. This is a recreation of the 1300 year old carving found in 1952 by Ruz Lhuillier while he was excavating a tomb inside a pyramid near Palenque, Mexico. This was the first burial crypt found in Central America, and fueled a debate that the Incas were in some way connected to Egypt. There are two (at least) theories about this carving; one is that according to Mayan Legend the symbols of the lid show King Pacal falling into the jaws of the Earth monster each night to rise again with the power of the sun each morning. The second theory is the carving is a picture of a man seated at the controls of a type of flying ship or UFO. Form your own opinion.

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    UFO Museum

    by Basaic Written Jul 24, 2007

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    Roswell has a UFO Museum in the main part of town. The museum was incorporated as a non-profit educational organization in 1991 and admitted its first visitors in 1992. The museum is dedicated to the Roswell Incident and other UFO Phenomena around the world. The exhibits range from the interesting (a recreation of the 1300 year ole Mayan carving found near Palenque, Mexico) to the downright silly (see the photo of the UFO decorated with sequins). General Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for children 5 to 15; and free for children 4 and under. Military and Senior Citizens are $3. They broke ground for a new museum this month (July 2007).

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    Amazing Roswell UFO Festival

    by sennaya Updated May 18, 2007

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    Roswell is making big business from theUFO curious

    The 60th anniversary of the 1947 Roswell incident- a weather ballon of modern material landed mysteriously in a field and when it was not identified right away the wires ran a story about something unidentified. The next day it was the Roswell UFO incident. Stories the next day were largely ignored.

    David worked with journalists who were working at New Mexico's largest newspaper and investigated the story then and many times since. All the stories go back to the stories of one man who is ded now and what remains is a persistent extra-urban legend.

    But what the heck, there is hardly anything but mesquite bush and rocks around Roswell and not much else to do to make a buck.
    Roswell has seemed to become a lightening rod for all unexplained extra-terrestial speculation. It is pretty remote and it is easy to believe anything could happen if you sat out in the Roswell sun long enough.

    It would be great if they could come up with something concrete and verifiable for all us doubters.
    The Air Force Story
    http://www.af.mil/library/roswell/

    But we still bought some souvenirs ... :)

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  • Bottomless Lakes State Park

    by pcflash Updated Oct 15, 2006

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    I grew up in Roswell and Bottomless Lakes is a neat place to swim. It's high content salt water so you float even better than in the ocean. That fact doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere on websites. I wouldn't pass it up if you go there. The bottom of the lake is supposedly full of caverns and tons of water flows through the bottom. The lakes are actually old caverns that the roof collaped on after the gypsum salts were dissolved and washed away. In the winter they stock some of the lakes with trout. I never scuba dived there but I wish I had, it's pretty clear for a lake. Just do a web search to see more.

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