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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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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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Terrific Collection of Mimbres Pottery

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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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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
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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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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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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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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Venice, Florida
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49 helpful votes 49 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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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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