American International Rattlesnake Museum

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American International Rattlesnake Museum
Date opened May 5, 1990[1]
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico
Number of species 34 (of rattlesnakes)[1]
Annual visitors 50,000[1]

The American International Rattlesnake Museum is an animal conservation museum located in Albuquerque, New Mexico in Old Town Albuquerque. The museum is devoted to snakes, particularly rattlesnakes, and is dedicated to rattlesnake education. With the staff that is a participant in regular international viper research events, the museum hosts a diverse collection of living rattlesnakes and an extensive library of study material and educational tools.[2][3]

The museum has the largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes in the world, which are presented in recreated habitats, and claims to host more rattlesnake species than the Bronx Zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., the Denver Zoo, the San Francisco Zoo, and the San Diego Zoo combined.[4] In addition to rattlesnakes, the museum holds a live Gila monster, one of the few known venomous lizard species.

The museum also houses a large collection of snake-related artwork, artifacts, and memorabilia. The museum also contains a gift shop.


Craig Ferguson, host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, prominently displays a snake mug from the museum's gift shop and frequently promotes the museum in conversation. The mug was given to him by actress Mary McCormack on 13 April 2009. During the interview McCormack, who shot her TV show In Plain Sight in Albuquerque, told Ferguson that she and her daughters frequently visit the museum.


  1. ^ a b c "Fun Museum Facts & Figures". American International Rattlesnake Museum. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Venom Week 2009 Symposium Invited Faculty". Venom Week 2009 Symposium. The University of New Mexico. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Mary Edith Moore, Gerald L. Moore. "American International Rattlesnake Museum: Reviews". Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist, April 2000. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Exhibit Animals". American International Rattlesnake Museum. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 

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