The Rattlesnake Museum in Old Town is an interesting trip you can take when you're in the area and looking for something to do. They claim to have "the largest collection of different species on public display in the world", even more than San Diego Zoo, Bronx Zoo, the National Zoo, Philadelphia Zoo, San Francisco Zoo, Denver Zoo and all other zoos in the world! It's kind of hard to believe, but I guess it's true. To the average person, you would just think there's maybe a dozen different species on display, but I guess there's more than what you might think.
Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for kids with a discount for Albuquerque Journal Press Pass members. If you happen to find yourself already in Old Town, especially on a hot day, then the Rattlesnake museum provides the perfect outlet to cool down while enjoying some really cool snakes and reptiles on display. You start off by getting a certificate of bravery as your entrance pass. As you enter the doors, you are greeted by enormous crocodile and alligator skulls on display. You would be terrified if these animals were still alive and in your presence. You can then walk around looking at the various snakes on display, including a pure white one, a diamond back, rattlesnakes, local snakes, poisonous snakes, tiny snakes and big ones. These are all alive.
In addition to the snakes, there are also other animals such as a snapping turtle, Gila monster, scorpion and other reptiles. In the last room there are more animals on display. There is also a collection of very interesting beer cans that feature snakes and reptiles on them. You can also see bottles that were used to collect snake oil for medicine and it even says this is still a common and legal practice in China. The last room also shows a National Geographic movie on snakes. It's very interesting and actually captures a lot of people's attention. There are areas to sit and enjoy under the cool air conditioning. There is a store to purchase cool gifts before you leave the museum.