We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 775 College Drive, Las Cruces, NM
Phone Number: +1 575-646-4714
Website
Improve this listing
Description:

The Zuhl Museum: Where Rocks Come Alive!

Part art gallery, part natural...

The Zuhl Museum: Where Rocks Come Alive!

Part art gallery, part natural history museum, the Zuhl collection at NMSU showcases thousands of beautiful specimens of petrified wood, fossils and minerals.

The Zuhl Collection, on display in the Zuhl Museum in the east wing gallery of the New Mexico State University Alumni and Visitors Center, contains petrified wood, fossils, rocks and minerals. This gallery is easily accessible to local citizens, school groups and visitors to the university and southern New Mexico. Additional items from the collection are displayed in the Zuhl Library, located four blocks east near the center of campus.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 25 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 19
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Excellent! Should be #1 on TripAdvisor!

This was the very best thing we did on our trip to Las Cruces. This museum is located at Mexico State University and it's FREE! It was amazing to see all the beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
nowincolorado
,
Colorado Springs, CO
Add Photo Write a Review

25 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Colorado Springs, CO
Level Contributor
477 reviews
195 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 893 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the very best thing we did on our trip to Las Cruces. This museum is located at Mexico State University and it's FREE! It was amazing to see all the beautiful petrified wood, fossil, meteorite, dinosaur bones, agates, etc. The displays were well marked. Some were only marked with a number so be sure to pick up an... More 

Helpful?
Thank nowincolorado
albuquerque
Level Contributor
161 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Loved this free museum. It is a private collection with beautiful stones, minerals and even dinosaur eggs. We loved it!!!

Helpful?
Thank princess_on_the_road
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Level Contributor
35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Really enjoyed the fossils and other displays at this interesting museum. Hadn't known about it though lived here several years.

Helpful?
Thank suzette45
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

They have a fantastic rock collection here nearby the university. One large room with a smaller adjacent room featuring several gorgeous rocks and fossils. There's also a small courtyard with a few more from the collection. Our kids liked it and we ended up spending longer than I had imagined. It has its own small parking lot so no worries... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sean M
New Mexico
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Who would have believed that by cutting large pieces of petrified wood into slabs, and polishing them, that such beauty could be created. Mr Herb Zuhl started a business while living in NYC where he would attain the wood logs, mostly from Oregon, cut them up, and sell them as coffee table tops, or simply unique pieces of art to... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank RafaInNewMexico
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The petrified wood exhibits are stunning and the staff is knowledgeable and helpful. I will be returning for another visit soon.

Helpful?
Thank Cynthia W
Woodland Hills
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This was a really stunning collection to view, I took my children and don't know if I would recommended taking children under 7.... But in any case we enjoyed the short visit to the Muhl

Helpful?
Thank nikkih428
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This museum offers lots of interesting geodes and other exhibits, from all over the world. It's free. On the NMSU campus, in their visitor center; next door is the windmill display, also interesting.

Helpful?
1 Thank gogetem87544
Sydney
Level Contributor
405 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Firstly the guys running this need to put a sign on the right side door that says 'enter at other door' or something as that door has a large poster on it and looks like its the entrance, but its locked shut and we nearly gave up and left... I did mention it to the guy on the desk, but... More 

Helpful?
Thank Five15
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Small venue located near entrance of New Mexico State University main campus with an impressive diversity of fossils and minerals beautifully showcased.

Helpful?
Thank Vieja V

Travelers who viewed The Zuhl Museum also viewed

 

Been to The Zuhl Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Zuhl Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?