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The Thing, Benson

3.4
#2 of 6 in Museums in Benson
Specialty Museum · Mysterious Site
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The Thing reviews

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TripAdvisor traveler rating 3.5
229 reviews
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4.4
TripAdvisor
  • You can't miss the billboards. Since they are everywhere, we decided to take the detour and check it out. It is a decent exhibit, but the premise is "out of this world". So if you are going for... 
    You can't miss the billboards. Since they are everywhere, we decided to take the detour and check it out. It is a decent exhibit, but the premise is "out of this world". So if you are going for...  more »
  • Wow, so most of these reviews and pictures don't really reflect the thing as it is today. It is some 100% good roadside Americana right there! Full size stegosaurus and tyrannosaurus rex, tons of... 
    Wow, so most of these reviews and pictures don't really reflect the thing as it is today. It is some 100% good roadside Americana right there! Full size stegosaurus and tyrannosaurus rex, tons of...  more »
  • Good place to stop for a rest, some food/snacks/drinks etc.... I don't know how many years we passed the signs along I-10 and never stopped. We now stop in every time we're traveling from... 
    Good place to stop for a rest, some food/snacks/drinks etc.... I don't know how many years we passed the signs along I-10 and never stopped. We now stop in every time we're traveling from...  more »
Google
  • It's exactly what it's supposed to be a tourist spot. Signs in both directions for 100 miles telling you to stop. Always make it sound interesting. 55 60 years ago my father refused to stop here because he said it wasn't worth the money. I finally stopped 40 years ago once married. It's a good break from the highway good place to stretch your legs. It's obviously changed since my most recent stop last week. Rather bizarre storytelling along the walls now about aliens versus predators. Kind of like a fancy comic book reading. Some pretty nice old vehicles on site to take a look at. The thing is what it is....a thing😁. Souvenir site available dairy Queen on site. Like I said a good place to stop stretch your legs walk through and read and take a look at everything they have to offer.
  • The thing received a major update a couple years ago, so if you’ve been in the past, it is worth a revisit as it is a totally different experience. This is what every roadside America attraction should be: strangeness with a diversion from the road. Admission is five dollars per person or $10 per family so it is very affordable the gas is higher price than surrounding stations.
  • I'm not gonna spoil it by showing "The THING" But HEY This place is an absolute must stop for an amazing selection of souvenirs PLUS a museum of weird and military History with exhibits!! This place is an ICONIC ROADSIDE ATTRACTION dating back generation's already. My parents stopped here when I was a kid and now I'm stopping with mine. FUN PLACE!
  • Very big place inside!!! Lot and lots of wonderful gifts and souvenirs for everyone you know!!! And The Thing is a must see!!! Take that exit off the I-10 and explore this place!!! You'll be glad you made this pit stop!!!
  • I get this four stars just because it's so cheesy that it is hilarious. The interest fee is only $5 and you get a dollar off if your military. It is so worth it just to read the crazy stuff about aliens controlling dinosaurs and the whole story of the thing. It has changed a lot since when I went there decades ago but I love the weirdness of it.

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