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Western New Mexico University Museum

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Address: 1000 West College Avenue, On 10th Street within the University Campus, Silver City, NM
Phone Number: 15755386386
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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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We went to museum based on other reviews and the Mimbres Pottery. While that was great, just as described, we thoroughly enjoyed the upper floor dedicated to the school history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We went to museum based on other reviews and the Mimbres Pottery. While that was great, just as described, we thoroughly enjoyed the upper floor dedicated to the school history. It was extremely interesting and also gave insight to New Mexico history. Just happened to be there on the day new students were arriving for fall classes and it was... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Extensive collection of Mimbres pottery primarily from the NAN ranch dig in the 1960's and 70's. Lovely quiet little museum.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The Western New Mexico University Museum houses perhaps the best single collection of Mimbres pottery on view anywhere. It's a must for any serious student of archaeology, as well as visitors with an interest in fine art and ceramics. There's quite a bit of text to wade through in the displays, but the work speaks eloquently for itself across nearly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Housed in a charming old building on campus the collection is extensive, informative and beautiful! Highly recommend this stop, especially if you appreciate valuing Native American heritage of the Southwest, which is sorely lacking in Silver City itself. You'd think history of this area began and ended with Billy the Kid based on the city's culture. Sorry there are no... More 

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Silver City, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is an amazing museum. It houses the largest Mimbres Pottery exhibit in the world. Highly recommend!

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

This delightful museum has a wonderful collection of Mimbres pottery. Admission is free but donations are welcomed. This is a "must see" attraction for anyone visiting Silver City. Dedicate an hour to carefully view their gorgeous examples of ancient pottery.

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Marana, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The preliterate Mimbres people of this area painted beautiful pots with an enticing sense of humor. This a gigantic collection to see in a compact museum used by anthropologists and archaeologists worldwide.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Has its own movie theater, also a theater for plays and concerts. Indoor pool, Police Academy and Nursing education.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The docent was very courteous and helpful in knowing where everything was. In addition to a large Membres pottery collection they have an interesting college history display upstairs

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Largest collection of Mimbres pottery. A must-see. One section devoted to the Nan Ranch collection. The docents are well-educated and interesting. Can't wait till the mining exhibit is finished. Be SURE to go in August during the Clay Festival.

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