The International UFO Museum & Research Center in Roswell, New Mexico recently celebrated reaching 5 million total visitors since opening in 1992. A local father-daughter pair, Chris and Hannah McDonald, happened to be the 5 millionth visitors, receiving prizes and a lifetime membership. The museum sees over 220,000 annual visitors, driven by Roswell’s reputation as a hub for UFO and extraterrestrial intrigue stemming from the disputed 1947 Roswell Incident. The incident involved the crash and military recovery of unusual debris on a local ranch, initially called a “flying disc” by the Army but later deemed a weather balloon. The controversy has sparked ongoing speculation about aliens and government conspiracies, inspiring numerous cultural works. Roswell also holds an annual UFO Festival launched in 1996, now attracting some 40,000 attendees and boosting the town’s tourist draw. The museum reaching 5 million visitors speaks to the sustained public curiosity and speculation around the events of 1947 that put Roswell on the UFO map.
Roswell UFO Museum Hits 5 Million Visitors Milestone
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