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Western New Mexico University Museum

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Address: 1000 West College Avenue, Silver City, NM
Phone Number: 505/538-6386
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: 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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Remarkable collection of Mimbres pottery

This collection is remarkable in its depth and thoughtful in its presentation. The curators at the University have done a beautiful job of teaching the culture, the people, the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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Dripping Springs, Texas
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161 reviews 161 reviews
90 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

indian art is the only focus of this collection--which is good. The display is not great nor visually attractive, but the pieces are excellent. If you are into Indian art (pottery), this is an excellent stop for you. The parking is at the front of the building--look it up on Google Maps and do not count on the locals to... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This collection is remarkable in its depth and thoughtful in its presentation. The curators at the University have done a beautiful job of teaching the culture, the people, the progressive development of dwellings and structures, and the environmental influences on these ancient people as they relate to the pottery. The number of complete or carefully restored pots and the quality... More 

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Albuquerque
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64 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Housed in one of the original buildings of the college campus -Including a preserved classroom. Good explanation of the archeology that produced the exhibits.

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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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94 reviews 94 reviews
33 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The pottery collection is outstanding and worth a visit. The facility is a nondescript and aging university building that is in need of rehabilitation. The docent was friendly and informative. The other displays are a hodgepodge of university history and artifacts. Look for the museum in the heart of the old campus. Come up the west 10th street hill from... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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105 reviews 105 reviews
47 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The museum at the university has an excellent display of Mimbres pottery from a nearby ranch. I seldom read all the info at museums, but I did this time and i learned a lot. They are getting ready to renovate the building the museum is in, and improving the space will improve the security and the displays. But the museum... More 

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San Diego, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The museum building is old and a relic itself. In the summer it may be uncomfortably warm, but the collection of Mimbres Culture artifacts and pots is the world's most complete and largest and is well displayed. It is worth visiting. The graphics are informative and there is usually someone around to answer questions.

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Tucson
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65 reviews 65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

if you love design, archeology, history and, of course, ceramics, this is a must see. Was overwhelmed by the beauty of the Mimbres pieces on display and the information provided was top notch. Very friendly staff, I assume they are students.

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Tucson, Arizona
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86 reviews 86 reviews
32 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Located at the University in town. Very good displays with thorough explanations. Docent was a university student that wasn't able to answer any of our questions however.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 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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