Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame

5317 Lovington Hwy,New Mexico Junior College, Hobbs, NM 88240 - United States





The home of “Hobbspitality,” located on the Campus of New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, NM, the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame strives to be the regional leader in the preservation and exhibition of artifacts and materials documenting the Cowboy and Ranching Heritage of Southeast New Mexico and West Texas.


Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body
Welcome to the world of Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, a science-in-disguise exhibition where kids get the answers to many of the slimy, oozy, crusty, stinky questions they absolutely love to ask about the human body.

Designed to be the first of its kind, the exhibition gives kids, along with intrigued adults, an opportunity to:

Climb a human skin wall with warts, hairs, wounds and other objects that act as hand and foot holds. Here visitors discover more about features such as pimples, blisters, pores, bruises and scabs as they relate to the epidermis.

Stop by the Toot Toot exhibit to create different sounds that replicate the physics of gas.
Play surgery and attempt to remove organ parts from a body without touching the sides of the patient.
And so much more including

-Walk-through Nose
-GI Slide
-Vomit Center
-Urine The Game
-Gas Attack pinball game

Trillions of microbes make their homes inside our bodies, and we wouldn’t be able to survive without each other!

Zoo in You: The Human Microbiome
Zoo in You invites people of all ages to explore the vibrant world of our inner microorganisms through engaging, interactive, and bilingual exhibits while discovering who our constant microbial companions are, where they live, how diverse they are, and in what ways scientists are discovering just how important they are to our personal health.

This interactive bilingual (English and Spanish) exhibition explores the fascinating and complex world within us that is our microbiome — trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other non- human organisms living on and inside us as a dynamic, adaptable, and delicately balanced ecosystem much like any other found in nature. Our constant companions "colonize" us from birth, outnumber our human cells 10 to 1, and are so interwoven into our existence that we would not be able to survive without each other. Thanks to new sophisticated technology and the cutting-edge research of the National Institutes of Health’s Human Microbiome Project, we are discovering what these microbes are up to, where they live, how diverse they are, and in what ways they affect us.

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