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Western New Mexico University Museum

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Address: 1000 W College Ave, Fleming Hall, Silver City, NM 88061-4112
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+1 575-538-6386
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

Located on the campus of Western New Mexico University, this museum...

Located on the campus of Western New Mexico University, this museum features important collections including Casas Grandes pottery, artifacts of Prehistoric Southwestern cultures, historic Navajo rugs and photographs of Silver City and surrounding areas.

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Relocated Museum

This highly recommended museum of ancient Puebloan artifacts is in a temporary location due to the renovation of the permanent site on the campus of Western New Mexico University... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 November 2016
Bobbie B
Wallingford, Connecticut, United States

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Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This highly recommended museum of ancient Puebloan artifacts is in a temporary location due to the renovation of the permanent site on the campus of Western New Mexico University. We went anyway and are so glad we did. The assistant director was available and spent over an hour with us describing the small exhibit available during the renovation and answering... More 

Thank Bobbie B
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

There is only one display cabinet in a building away from the original museum while the building/museum is being renovated. The items displayed were tremendous examples of Mimbres. No pictures and limited display keeps the rating lower than it would be once the museum is complete. It is nice to see this entire university, including the hall with the museum,... More 

Thank Stargateman
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Western New Mexico University (WNMU) is truly an up and coming place to get educated. The courses are challenging, practical and taught by quality faculty. The WNMU museum has the greatest collection of gorgeous, historic and detailed Mimbres pottery from the 12th century in the world. An extra bonus is that all of the people we met were so friendly.

Thank Henry E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Museum has the finest exhibit of Mimbres art and history. Provides an appreciation for the life and culture of the area.

Thank Darrell K
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

This small but excellent museum showcases the culture of the local Mimbres people, primarily through their pottery. Other artifacts are also presented, and there is a small exhibit about the early mining days. Donation only, no entrance fee. Worth a visit.

Thank DonnaSPDX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

The museum will close the end of July, 2016, for a year or longer for a major renovation. When it reopens, it will be a 5-star. The museum has in its possession the best historical collection of all things Mimbres. What we saw in June of '16 was exceptional, many pieces of memorabilia are ancient evidence of the Mimbres peoples.... More 

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Lexington, ky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Wonderful collection of Mimbres pottery from SE New Mexico. Could have explained how we do not know more about these people because of the destruction caused by pot hunters destroying any other useful artifacts retrieving these pots, but some of the collection may have been donated by these people. It will be closed at the end of July for 14... More 

Thank chacochaos
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this small museum which focuses on Native American art--mainly pottery and baskets. The museum was undergoing renovation, and will probably be even better when completed.

Thank Boogie384
Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

This was our first stop in Silver City. It's a great small museum featuring the Mimbres culture, similar to the Anasazi of central New Mexico. The museum displays are very good and are well labeled so.visitors can follow the development of this ancient culture of southwestern New Mexico. The pots displayed are the best examples of Mimbres style that we... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

Following the good reviews, we stopped here on a Sunday afternoon to go through this gem of a museum. It is very small, but it explains the Mimbres culture through several hundred years. The pottery is magnificent and is well worth the time. There is no admission but there is a donation box at the end!! We donated generously as... More 

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