Unusual Place of the Month: Roswell UFO Museum

The truth is out there, and little gray aliens have visited the planet. Well, at least according to those at the Roswell UFO Museum in Roswell, New Mexico.

Supposedly, on July 3, 1947, ranch owner Mac Brazel discovered a crashed flying saucer, along with several alien bodies. The military, at first, said it was a flying saucer, then later called it a weather balloon and swore everyone to secrecy. Many books have been written and TV documentaries have been filmed about it. Any potential evidence was removed and put in Area 51, the CIA basement, or some other super-secret place where they also keep Indiana Jones’ Ark of the Covenant.

Open to visitors in 1992, the museum’s mission is to educate the general public about all aspects of the UFO phenomenon. Its exhibits include information on Roswell, crop circles, sightings, Area 51, government cover-ups, and alien abductions. Visitors are simply encouraged to ask questions.

The highlight of the museum is a fake alien corpse from the 1994 Showtime movie “Roswell: The UFO Coverup.” The museum also has a new exhibit – a replica of the Mayan sarcophagus lid found in Palenque, Mexico, that supposedly shows a man blasting off in a spaceship.

Clearly, there is a lot of this weird stuff here, and if you are a sci-fi or alien enthusiast, this place is for you. Even if you are a skeptic, you should check it out anyways. It’s always good to know what the other side thinks.

As visitors began going to Roswell en mass, the town decided to come up with an annual anniversary to celebrate the crash. Since 1996, the annual Roswell UFO Festival draws people from all walks of life to the town. Here, activities range from carnivals to trade shows, from alien costume contests to UFO lectures, and everything in between. Famous UFO researchers attend to present up-to-date information on aliens and UFOs.

There’s something for every interested person here – skeptic, curious, or true believer. At the very least, it gives you a chance to break up that long road trip through the desert and see a bit of quirky America. The entrance fee is only$2.