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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
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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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Excellent collection of Mimbres pottery

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... read more

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

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 NEW

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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Southwest
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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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Canton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Be sure to peek into the refurbished auditorium. Great pictures in the foyer of when it was first used.

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Dripping Springs, Texas
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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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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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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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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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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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