Lubbock Lake Landmark still digging into the past

Compiled By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers If you’re looking for a daytrip to stretch your mind as well as your legs, a trip to Lubbock Lake Landmark could be for you. The attraction, operated by Museum of Texas Tech University, combines an archaeology and natural history preserve with exhibits and a learning center. The site […]

Railroading memorabilia abounds at Clovis museum

Compiled by William P. Thompson Remember playing with choo-choo trains when you were a kid? You can rediscover the fun of model railroads at the Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum. The depot has been restored to the same condition it was in the 1950’s. An operating telegraph station is inside and there are plenty […]

Dinosaurs rule at Tucumcari museum

Compiled by William Thompson The world’s largest collection of bronze dinosaur skeletons awaits visitors to Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum in Tucumcari. Plenty of original fossils are on hand for natural history lovers, and children will delight knowing they can touch most of the exhibits and play in the children’s activity area. A paleontology laboratory […]

Science Spectrum offers education, variety of exhibits

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Compiled by Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Ever wanted to hang-glide? Or see a space suit? Now you can do that, or many other things, less than two hours away from the Clovis/Portales area. The Science Spectrum in Lubbock features hundreds of exhibits from many different areas. What is it? According to its Web site […]

Museum offers 3 million artifacts

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Compiled By Karl Terry During the winter months a safe bet for a daytrip is always a museum, and one of the biggest and best is the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum on the campus of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. The museum’s Web site bills the institution as the largest history museum in […]

Caiman moves into new digs at Natural History Museum

By Tony Parra The South American caiman is in his new home at the Natural History Museum waiting for visitors and now all he needs is a name. The Caiman crocodylus an alligator-like South American reptile, has been living in the Natural History Museum since Nov. 17. Marvin Lutnesky, biology department chair and director of […]

Roswell museums offer variety

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Complied by Mike Jimenez There are very few cities in this area with as varied a choice in museums a Roswell, just a short 90 minutes to the west of Portales. For a quick and easy day trip to Roswell, visitors can begin their day at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, then drive a […]

Campus museums offer area’s history

Compiled by Mike Jimenez: PNT Intern If you’re tired of driving, try visiting one or all of these Portales museums. There are several museums on the grounds of the Eastern New Mexico University campus, including the Roosevelt County Museum, Miles Mineral Museum and the Natural History Museum. The Roosevelt County Museum has its own building, […]

Blackwater Draw offers history

Compiled by Mike Jimenez For a daytrip that is much closer to home and doesn’t require much more than 15 minutes of driving time, visit the Blackwater Draw Museum outside Portales. This museum was opened to the public in 1969 as a means of displaying artifacts found at the Blackwater Locality No. 1 site. These […]

‘Old West’ lives in Fort Sumner

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Compiled by Mike Jimenez For a look into the “Wild West,” why not try a short day trip to Fort Sumner’s “Billy the Kid Museum.” About an hour’s drive from Portales lies the remains of one of the West’s most feared outlaws, where visitors can relive the days of gunslingers, wanted men, and lawmen who […]

Day trips: Alamogordo makes for spontaneous day

By Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Where in New Mexico can you surf the pristine white sand dunes in the morning, stroll the New Mexico Museum of Space History in the afternoon, and save that show at the IMAX theater for last? Where else, but in Alamogordo. Located in the Tularosa basin and surrounded by the […]

University provides new home for alligator

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By Tony Parra Portales residents and school children won’t have to go across the country to the Florida swamps to see an alligator. They can just travel across the city and the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. The Caiman crocodylus, a South American alligator, will be living in the Natural History Museum on the […]

Local museum full of animals native to this region

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist We have all of this coming week to prepare for April Fools’ Day, which is Friday. I originally planned to set up a gag to honor this annual event, but I would never sink to such an act. What I want to bring up, though, is a new exhibit at […]

Class allows residents to make dinosaur dig

By Ryan Lengerich It didn’t look like much. Michael Wood dug and scraped at the Quay County soil. He searched for bones — prehistoric bones — though he wasn’t sure exactly what they looked like. And then he saw something embedded in a whiskey bottle-sized boulder. “I’m looking at this and I really don’t know […]

Dinosaur museum educational, fascinating

Angela Peacock Exploring a lost world that existed over millions of years ago is possible at Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum in Tucumcari. An educational activity for the entire family is how museum director Craig Currell described the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum. The museum is unique because of its hands-on approach, Currell said. “We operate a […]

Dinosaur exhibit part of park’s fun

By Angela Peacock Editor’s Note: This is a weekly series about family-oriented activities within a day’s drive of Portales. Painting a picture of New Mexico’s history from the beginning of time is what officials said people will experience when they visit Albuquerque’s New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. One of the museum’s biggest […]

UFO festival out of this world

Angela Peacock The Roswell UFO Festival is an out-of-this-world experience, according to event organizers. The festival celebrating the world-renown1947 incident is scheduled for July 3-6. There will be a variety of activities at the Roswell Civic Center, International UFO Museum and elsewhere in Roswell. Each day the UFO museum is planning special events including a […]