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Western New Mexico University Museum

1000 West College Avenue, Silver City, NM
505/538-6386
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Silver City
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Located on the campus of Western New Mexico University, this museum features important collections including Casas Grandes pottery, artifacts of... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a small and not crowded museum with a powerfull exhibit of local Mimbres pottery and some artifacts dating around 200AD. The discriptions are very good and it was a very informative hour and a half visit. If you like this stuff you will really enjoy the exhibit. And it is free.

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tucson
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A good collection of mimbres pottery housed in a historic building. Worth the short visit it takes to visit.

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Tucson, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My husband loves visiting college campuses, so we wandered up to WNMU. It was quiet in early June, but welcoming. The museum is filled with artifacts and information about the Mimbres people as well as the history of the area. Housed in an 100-year-old building on the campus, even the building was interesting. The students working there were happy to... More

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Floral City, Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

The extensive collection of Mimbres pottery is amazing. The Nan Ranch exhibit shows how important a role one person can play in revealing history. The lady docent who was working the day we visited was informative ,friendly and very knowledgable. Not a large museum put well worth an hour or two of your time.

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Santa Monica, California
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38 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Made the Gila Cliffs exploration and this museum in the same day, making a complete cycle of viewing dwelling and then utensils. The collection of ancient Mimbres pottery is extensive showing all periods. There is a small collection of modern northern pueblo pots including samples by Maria Martinez. Not to be missed by fans of Native American pottery.

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CT
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75 reviews 75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This small university museum has possibly the finest collection of Mimbres pottery in the country, probably in the world. It is a must for every archaeologist wanna-be.

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

It was interesting to see the gorgeous Mimbres pottery and learn about the people who made it. The building was quite large and old. There is a "no photographs" policy in effect.

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Silver City, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This is a very nice way to spend a day. I enjoyed everything. The knowledge and experience of the staff is excellent.

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Silver City, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The WNMU museum has a wonderful collection of Mimbres pottery which is absolutely stunning and unlike any pottery I have seen. There are many other exhibits of Southwestern topics as well.

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Boulder, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

The pottery is simply breathtaking. I've looked at pottery in SW museums for decades and have rarely seen this level of quality. The displays are amateurishly constructed and dirty with frequent misspellings. The prohibition against photography is completely assinine. When I asked why I couldn't take flash-free photographs I received an utterly nonsensical explanation. I'd like to see this world-class... More

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