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Monday May 9th, 2016

Museum Featured in 50 Museums to Blow Your Mind

Lonely Planet’s New Book Showcases Museums Worldwide

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, May 6, 2016) - Tucked in the pages between the National Rail Museum in the UK and the New York City Fire Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Space History was selected to join the exclusive and lofty ranks of Lonely Planet’s newest travel book 50 Museums to Blow Your Mind. Although the book itself is relatively small, many of the museums inside are giants – from the Acropolis Museum in Greece and the Smithsonian Institute to Norway’s Viking Ship Museum and the Forbidden City in China. There are even a few that are unusual and fun, like the Coffee Museum in Brazil or Croatia’s Museum of Broken Relationships.

IMAGE: The New Mexico Museum of Space History was one of only 12 museums in the United States chosen to be included in Lonely Planet’s new book 50 Museums to Blow Your Mind. (Photo courtesy of Amazon.com)

The New Mexico Museum of Space History was one of only 12 museums in the United States chosen to be included in Lonely Planet’s new book 50 Museums to Blow Your Mind. (Photo courtesy of Amazon.com)

Out of the 50 museums chosen for the book, New Mexico’s Museum of Space History is one of only 12 from the United States and is the only museum listed solely dedicated to space history.

“It’s an incredible privilege for our museum to be included in this book that highlights some of the most famous museums in the world, along with some of the most unusual ones,” said Museum Executive Director Christopher Orwoll. “We are honored to be among such an exclusive, well-known, and yet eclectic group of museums.”

In describing 50 Museums to Blow Your Mind, Lonely Planet’s website says, “Thank the stars for the world’s eccentric collectors; hoarders of objects beautiful, strange or downright odd. It is these documenters of the great and trivial – who want to show us all something wonderful about their collections and share the insights into humankind each of them illuminates – who have created the most fascinating, wonderful and precious museums the planet has to offer.”

The largest travel guide publisher in the world, Lonely Planet has printed over 120 million books in eleven languages. 50 Museums to Blow Your Mind is to be released on May 17 and will be available on the Lonely Planet website, other online sites, retail locations worldwide and will soon be on sale in the museum’s gift shop.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org. Like us at: www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum.