Bolak Museum


2015-05-25 10.55.38Farmington New Mexico is a fairly small city in the sparsely populated four corners area. At first glance there might not be much to do, but when you dig a little deeper you find some hidden gems. One such gem is the Bolak Museum of Fish and Wildlife.

When my brother-in-law suggested we go to this museum of taxidermied animals I thought, cool, something to entertain the kids. We had a similar museum at the university near my home growing up, where kids could go on field trips for a closer look at wildlife. So the idea was not strange to me. But the Bolak Museum was more than I bargained for.

Set inside the mansion of a deceased eccentric millionaire, this enormous collection features his life’s work. According to the website Tom Bolak was a hunter who wanted to inspire others to protect wildlife and the environment.

It houses over 2500 specimens that are organized by habitat. They even had some interactive displays the kids could touch.

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The museum is on a 12,000 acre wildlife preserve and working farm.

To quote the original owner, “”If you could see what i have seen, you would know what a gift nature is.”

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