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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Southwest
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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

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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168 reviews 168 reviews
92 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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122 reviews 122 reviews
65 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
32 helpful votes 32 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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51 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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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