Included in the largest collection of different species of living rattlers in the world are such rare and unusual specimens as an albino western diamondback. From the outside the museum looks for all the world like a plain old shop, but inside, the museum's exhibits, its engaging staff, and a video supply visitors with the lowdown on these venomous creatures—for instance, that they can't hear their own rattles and that the human death rate from rattlesnake bites is less
than 1%. The mission here is to educate the public on the many positive benefits of rattlesnakes, and to contribute to their conservation.
202 San Felipe St. NW, just off the southeast corner of the plaza, Albuquerque, 87104, USA
Feb 7, 2011
I give the museum a five star rating. I am a wildlife photographer / conservationist and I visit every type of wildlife facility I can in any country. Although a little difficult to find, the museum makes up for it with the amount of specimens, the conditions of the specimens, and the knowledge of the staff. I have been to many reptile facilities,,,this is certainly the most complete collection of rattlesnakes anywhere. They are all in ecellent condition
and well cared for.I will return here everytime I am in the Albuquerque area.
Nov 26, 2006
If you don't like snakes, then don't come here. There are a lot of them. A LOT. The place was a bit tough for me to find at first...I was in the Plaza 2 days in a row before I finally figured out where it was. It's actually a tourist trappy shop on the southeast edge of Old Town Plaza with the Rattlesnake Museum nestled into 2 rooms in the back. There isn't a whole lot of room to maneuver, but it isn't claustrophobic. The snakes are caged in
glass, the lighting is optimal for viewing, and the snakes all appeared to be in excellent health. There are more than just rattlesnakes here as well, and the snake exhibit in these small rooms was actually better than the snake exhibit at the Zoo (if I recall correctly, in terms of viewing, if not in terms of "natural" habitat). Though it was a bit pricy for 2 rooms, the sheer number of snakes seen (and the fact that your money goes toward keeping these animals fed and healthy), I would recommend it as an important part of your Old Town experience. The only reason that I didn't rate it higher was because it wasn't well-marked (in my opinion), and it was expensive relative to the zoo. Under five dollars to be sure (at least when I was there), but for just over twice that amount I was at one of the most wonderful zoos I've ever visited in the U.S. Bonus - there is an area where you can sit and watch documentary material about the animals. As well, the staff was friendly, not just in a Please-Buy-Something kind of way, but very warm and inviting, and even though it wasn't too far from closing time when I visited, I didn't feel rushed in any way. Enjoy.
Apr 10, 2003
Tucked into the back of a gift shop on the edge of Old Town, this little museum houses a surprisingly large collection of critters. Fun for kids of all ages!