Searching for the truth at Roswell UFO Museum

by Angelica Leicht

Alien enthusiasts, gather round. We need to discuss a group trip to Roswell, New Mexico, home of the famous – and supposed (wink, wink) – 1947 UFO crash that left weird metal debris all over rancher W.W. “Mack” Brazel’s land, and made front page of the local paper.

While we’re in Roswell, we’ll stop at the International UFO Museum & Research Center, a museum dedicated to all the other-worldly beings and crafts and other bizarre shit one could want.

That’s right, folks. Put on your Mulder and Scully hats, because we’re going huntin’ for the truth about that alleged alien crash-landing in Roswell at the UFO Museum. This museum was the brainchild of Lt. Walter Haut, a public information officer who worked for the military in Roswell in 1947. Haut was the dude who wrote the press release stating that the wreckage of a crashed disk had been recovered. HE KNOWS THINGS.

Haut and two other UFO know-it-alls started the museum back in 1991, and he acted as president of the museum until 1996. It’s survived the last few decades, and today is an educational center dedicated to preserving information about that 1947 incident. It’s open to curious onlookers and alien enthusiasts alike, and the museum has everything from crash scene photos to government letters and documents regarding the crash.

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Want to read about the investigations that followed the crash? The ones that determined this was a malfunctioning weather balloon and NOT a UFO? This museum has ’em. They also have information on the possible government cover-up that took place post-investigation.

As a bonus, the museum sits right across the street from the world’s first UFO-themed restaurant, which means that after a long day of proving aliens exist, we can top it all off with some alien chow. Maybe they have astronaut ice cream. Everybody loves astronaut ice cream.

But, I digress. Back to the museum. It’s open seven days a week, and it’s hella cheap to get into: just $5 for adults, and $2 for kiddos. Oh, and not only does this place have evidence regarding the UFO crash to sift through, but they have also compiled information on related phenomenons, like those creepy ass crop circles (the kind we see in “Signs,” quite possibly the best M. Night Shyamalan movie of all time; fight me) and alien abductions, because everyone needs to know about the dangers of probing.

They also keep on hand alien autopsy reports, along with UFO and alien replicas, the creepy “grey alien” kind. In fact, some cheeky thief stole one of those flying saucers from the museum a couple of years ago, after museum staff decided the perfect place to stow a spaceship that was knocked off the outside corner of a building was under an awning behind the museum. Well, that was clearly NOT the perfect place to store it, because some UFO fanatic snagged it and kept it for their own. Womp-womp.

Who did it? We don’t know, but we’re sure the truth is out there.

Angelica Leicht

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