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REVIEWS FROM THE REV: Dinosaurs in Tucumcari?

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum

Feel up a dinosaur leg at Mesalands Dinosaur Museum!

Once again I was led astray by a dinosaur on a billboard, this time as I drove out of New Mexico on the way to Kansas for a show.  On the return trip, I made time to track down the Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum in downtown Tucumcari, New Mexico.  I wasn’t disappointed.

It turns out there are some productive fossil beds in this part of New Mexico.  What is even more surprising is that there should be such an active bronze foundry associated with the community college which results is:  “Our Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of bronze skeletons, fossils, and replicas of prehistoric creatures. The bronzes, created in the College’s foundry, were poured by members of Mesalands staff, assisted by a number of community volunteers”.

What this means is there are — among the impressive number of life-size bronzes — several casts of complete dinosaurs and dinosaur bones that you can run your hands across without getting chased out of the museum.

It is almost as much “art” as “paleontology”, and it’s worth a visit if you find yourself droning down Interstate 40 during museum hours.

t.n.s.r. bob says “drop in”.

Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum
222 East Laughlin Street
Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401
(575) 461-3466
Hours of Operation
Extended Summer Hours  – March 1 – Labor Day
TUESDAY – SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Closed Sunday and Monday)
Winter Hours – Labor Day – February 28/29
TUESDAY – SATURDAY 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Closed Sunday and Monday)
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day