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Smokey Bear Museum and Gift Shop

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Smoky Bear Museum

This actually was a very interesting place, though very small. There’s a short, very good film... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2018
Sharon P
Wilmington, Illinois
via mobile
Wortth The Side Trip to Capitan

Excellent museum and park dedicated to firefighters and their mascot Smokey. Excellent exhibits... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2018
Jeffrey R
Spring Branch, Texas
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Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

This actually was a very interesting place, though very small. There’s a short, very good film included. For those of us who grew up in the “Only you can prevent forest fires” days, this brought back a lot of memories. The woman who was cleaning...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sharon P
Reviewed 2 November 2018

Excellent museum and park dedicated to firefighters and their mascot Smokey. Excellent exhibits and museum. It is well worth the stop along the Billy The Kid Trail.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jeffrey R
Reviewed 27 October 2018

If Smokey Bear was something you grew up with as I did this is a great stop if your in the area. I actually got teary when visiting his grave here. The museum is very well done with lots of history information on Smokey Bear...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank luv2rvtravel
Reviewed 25 October 2018

Learned the history of Smokey Bear's life and how it became a national icon. This is a great history lesson from kids and adults. The video providing the history of Smokey Bear was very informative. Enjoy our visit! Tried to visit the gift shop but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sue D
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Spent a an hour or two at the museum and gift shop. Very interesting and educational. Would recommend it highly.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bob C
Reviewed 26 April 2018

No admission charge, located next to Smokey the Bear Historical Park. Lots of Smokey the Bear memorabilia & a good selection of souvenirs (t-shirts, patches, etc...& they have a "penny masher machine").

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Teresa G
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

My family was glad we made the short trip from Ruidoso to learn more about the history of Smokey the Bear, an American icon. The museum has vintage Smokey the Bear memorabilia as well as interesting exhibits about wildfires. $2 for adults. $1 for kids...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank weshunter00
Reviewed 4 December 2017

A great overview of the impacts of wildland fire on people & habitats - just wish Burner Bob had made an appearance in the materials. Very cool to hear the story BEHIND the "real" story of Smokey the Bear. Very cool to see a collection...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank itisjustus
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Buildings have been renovated. Nice desert theme walking trail behind building. The original Smokey Bear hot air balloon is also buried there. It was destroyed a few years when it got hooked up on a communications tower at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Trudy H
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Just outside the side gate of Smokey Bear Historical Park (not affiliated with the Park) is this small museum and gift shop. The museum consists of a variety of collectible items and memorabilia. The gift shop has pins, post cards, T-shirts and a few other...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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11 June 2017|
Response from Sheila D | Reviewed this property |
I went to a search engine and put in smokey bear New Mexico and the museum came up. It says they are open daily.