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Western New Mexico University Museum

Address: 1000 West College Avenue, Silver City, NM
Phone Number: 505/538-6386
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Silver City
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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.

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San Diego, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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9 attraction reviews
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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Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
22 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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39 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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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30 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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
15 reviews 15 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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