International UFO Museum
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Indeed, Roswell takes its outer space heritage seriously. The International UFO Museum and Research Center, for one, attempts to explain "The Roswell Incident" -- and the possibility of life beyond Earth -- with a straight face.
Located in a former movie theater, the museum maintains a huge UFO-related research library, as well as a database of UFO sightings around the world. (Let the kids check to see if aliens have visited your town.) Frequent guest lecturers include UFO experts espousing their latest theories.
Older kids will get a kick out of the exhibits, which tell the story of "The Roswell Incident." Since no artifacts exist from the crash (they were reportedly seized by the military), reconstructed models recount the event. Most fascinating is the "supporting evidence": old photos, copies of radar reports, transcripts of communications, news articles, and press releases (including the government's claim that crash debris came from a weather balloon).
Don't miss the alien body -- a prop created for the 1994 Showtime movie -- displayed on a hospital gurney; it's guaranteed to elicit squeals from your younger children. Also, don't miss the life-sized replica of the famous flying saucer they can board and pretend to fly.
Locals who lived through the incident act as museum docents, telling their own stories of what happened. It's neat to hear their tales, but if you're limited on time, beware -- they'll talk your ear off.