It was a stormy day in July with severe thunderstorms enveloping the high desert plains around Roswell, New Mexico. The year was 1947.
Alien spacecraft with extraterrestrials crashes
According to witnesses – all who are now deceased - an extraterrestrial spacecraft and its alien occupants allegedly crashed about 40 miles northwest of Roswell. However, the official account as related by the United States Armed Forces is that a Top Secret experimental high-altitude helium weather and surveillance balloon crashed and thus produced the reported debris.
Roswell is considered by many as a watershed case in UFO history. Many believe that the Roswell Incident, which it eventually became known as, was the subject of a governmental cover-up due to its earth-shaking discoveries. UFO believers contend that an alien craft and surviving extraterrestrials were captured near the crash. They reference various historical witness comments that described the crashed craft as an “oval/egg-shaped 12-15ft long, 6 ft tall” spaceship. Witnesses also talked about 3-5 humanoid alien bodies that were short, about 3.5-4ft.
Hangar 84 as final resting site
One witness in particular was the Roswell base public information officer Walter Haut. He issued a press release on July 8, 1947, based on information provided by Col. Blanchard. The military would later retract this and attribute the incident to a downed balloon. This led many skeptics to believe that Haut was silenced by military officials. Then, in 2002, Haut penned a notarized affidavit to be sealed until after he died. In the affidavit he confirms to seeing Col. Blanchard taking the crash object and several small bodies with big heads to Hangar 84.
The verdict remains uncertain to this day as to whether the Roswell Incident, involving a recovered spacecraft and ET’s, was a factual reality or a fabricated fiction. One thing is for certain: a foray into the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, New Mexico is educational and entertaining for all age groups. The museum's purpose is "to inform the public about what has come to be known as the Roswell Incident." UFO's and their alien pilots are the focus.
However, don’t expect sophisticated curatorship here: the museum hosts a preponderance of clipped and framed newspaper articles offered as proof of the Roswell Incident. Plus, there are many supporting quotes from famous people peppered throughout the museum, leaving me to wonder if any have been taken out of context. Nevertheless, what I particularly enjoyed along with many other museum-goers were the photo-ops of dioramas with alien beings. They are just plain fun and make for some great “selfies.”
The museum is open seven days a week from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for ages 5-15 years. Discounts are available for seniors and active military.
114 North Main
Roswell, NM 88203