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When exploring Old Town Albuquerque, be sure to make a stop at the Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop. While visiting, you’ll see rescued rattlesnakes of all kinds, and you’ll get to see some fun displays honoring those in popular culture that have dealt with rattlesnakes in some way. We had a great time, and I think you will, too!

Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop Albuquerque New Mexico

Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque

Whether you visit the Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop or not, Old Town Albuquerque is a beautiful place to experience New Mexican culture.

Old Town Albuquerque

You’ll find plenty of dining options.

Old Town Albuquerque

And it’s worth checking out the shopping in the area.

Old Town Albuquerque

You’ll feel like you’re in another era. I guess that’s why it’s called Old Town.

Old Town Albuquerque

It was also cool to see the wares of local artists and craftspeople.

Old Town Albuquerque

We parallel-parked in front of this historic church in Old Town. The San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church is over 300 years old!

Old Town Albuquerque

We didn’t go inside. Apparently, there’s a museum and gift shop, but we had one thing on our minds–rattlesnakes.

This carving is in a tree on the church grounds.

Old Town Albuquerque

Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop

Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop

Old Town Albuquerque is not that large, but somehow we still had a little trouble finding this place, even with Google Maps on our phone. We finally figured it out.


In the above map, you can see that the Rattlesnake Museum is not exactly on the square that surrounds Old Town Plaza. It’s just a bit south of the plaza, and then you want to look for the door that is not facing the street. It’s pointed towards the plaza.

This is probably also a good time to mention that the hours of the Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop are a tad unusual. They are currently not open on Mondays, and in the spring, they are also closed on Sundays. When they are open, they don’t open until 11:30 a.m. They also close at 5:30 p.m., so you want to be sure you have a plan when visiting. It’s also not a bad idea to check the website for current hours or call ahead if your time in town is limited.

Right outside the front door, you’ll see the rescued turtles. The sign says that they were either pets at one time or that they are an exotic species. Maybe both!

Turtles outside the Rattlesnake Museum

As soon as you walk in, you’re in the gift shop. You can shop without going inside the museum.

Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop

Of course, we had to get a magnet. And Jeff got a t-shirt that’s fun to wear in places that aren’t Albuquerque.

If you decide to go into the museum, and you should, you’ll pay your entrance fee at the gift shop counter. Then you’ll be able to enter the museum through this door.

Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop

When we first entered the museum, we immediately encountered rattlesnakes, just as one would expect.

Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop

Remember, these snakes are rescued and can’t live in the wild, or at least they would be at a disadvantage for survival in the wild.

Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop

Kristin really loved this place, and she returned to many exhibits over and over. I think a lot of kids would enjoy this.

Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop

Below is the display that honors the Crocodile Hunter. There are so many things to see in the collection.

Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop

I’m a Craig Ferguson fan, so I enjoyed seeing his rattlesnake mug.

Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop

These rattlesnake Kachina dolls are also cool.

Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop

When you’re finished in the museum, you get your very own certificate of bravery.

Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop

We had a lot of fun at this place. We also loved just looking in shops and exploring Old Town. Just realize that Old Town doesn’t really stay open in the evening. Some of the restaurants may be open, but the shops and attractions seem to close between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

If you’re visiting Albuquerque, New Mexico, be sure to give Old Town and The Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop a shot. We still talk about the rattlesnakes, and I know Kristin especially loved it. It’s a great road trip memory for us!

Other adventures on this road trip:

El Rancho Hotel on Route 66 in Gallup, New Mexico

Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dreamcatcher Tour in Monument Valley

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7 Comments

  1. I would love make a stop at the Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop while visiting Old Town Albuquerque. I never thought that rattlesnakes would need to be rescued. Fascinating museum!

  2. So fun reading about the Rattlesnake Museum in Old Town Albuquerque! I know we have a lot of rattlers in my neck of the wood, but I haven’t seen any yet (knock on wood!) I think I’d rather see and learn about them in a museum! I’ve only passed through ABQ once, but would love to check out this museum and the Old Town area…looks like a lot of fun and I wouldn’t mind walking away with one of those Certificates of Bravery! 🙂

  3. Fascinating! An entire museum dedicated to the Rattlesnake. It is the kind of museum that peeks my interest while I’m asking myself Why? LOL.

  4. The rattle lake museum looks like a fun place to stop in Albuquerque! Fun times!

  5. Cindy Moore Reply

    I e never heard of a rattlesnake museum or rescue. This is so cool! I’d love to visit.

  6. My husband would love to visit the Rattlesnake Museum in Old Town Albuquerque! He’s a sucker for any reptile or amphibian exhibits. I love the tribute to the Crocodile Hunter. It looks like there are so many neat things to see at this exhibit.

  7. My husband would love to visit the Rattlesnake Museum! He is a huge fan of all kinds of snakes. This will definitely be on our list of places we HAVE to visit 🙂

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