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Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

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Address: 1111 University Blvd, At Unm (Anthropology Building), Albuquerque, NM 87131
Phone Number: 505 277 4405
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Exhibits and programs relating to cultures around the world, with a special...

Exhibits and programs relating to cultures around the world, with a special emphasis on the cultural heritage of the Southwest.

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Brings Anthropology to Life

Some years ago I was a docent at this museum. The exhibits are fantastic and the many programs for groups are excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2015
Leona R
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This campus museum has a wonderful display of Mimbres Pottery from the Mimbreno Indians who lived in the Mimbres Valley 500AD- 1200 AD. The other displays are wonderful, too. People say "There is nothing to do." or "It costs too much." Not here. The museum is free, but donations accepted, and it is very interesting.

Thank kawhill
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Some years ago I was a docent at this museum. The exhibits are fantastic and the many programs for groups are excellent.

Thank Leona R
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

What a great find in the midst of the UNM campus and within the Anthropology Dept. This active 2 level museum (there was a school group led by a docent while we were there) defied my idea of a dusty academic place. In addition to a wide array of baskets and daily life of the native Americans, there was a... More 

2 Thank GlobalGypsy_13
West Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This little museum is difficult to find but well worth the effort - even google maps shows it on the wrong side of the street. BUT find it, you can and it doesn't need to take too much of your time. The vignette of the southwest showing the development of the southwest pueblo culture was especially well done and the... More 

3 Thank sue o
Warrensburg MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We haven't been here for several years, but always find it fascinating. The permanent exhibit on excavations, pottery and pre-contact civilizations always take a while. This year the temporary exhibit was on New Mexico's acequias, cooperative irrigation methods dating from Spanish colonial times. It is a bit out of the way, but we don't remember having a real problem finding... More 

1 Thank Old_Drum
Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The museum is located in the Anthropology Building close to the Chapel Building. They offer a free visitors parking pass (or you can pay for parking on the other side of campus, which is $1.75/hr).

1 Thank honestrealreviews
Savannah, Georgia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

If you want to understand more about the history and culture of the Native Americans in the southwest, and particularly those in New Mexico, you cannot do better than a visit to the Maxwell. Well designed and carefully labeled exhibits illustrated with incredibly fine artifacts tell the story of the Indian experience in an easy to understand manner. Fantastic gift... More 

2 Thank REED E
Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Although a bit hard to find, the museum itself is awesome. The exhibits on the southwest are excellent. There is a lot of reading, but you learn a lot. There is also a good selection of pottery and lithics on display as well as an interesting mock archaeology dig to explain about the archaeological process. This museum also has one... More 

2 Thank Angela R
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

One of the most interesting small museums we've ever visited - great exhibits and very interesting artifacts. Could have spent much more time there. A must-see on the UNM campus.

1 Thank Kenneth J
Belen, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

As a student of UNM I worked at the Maxwell for a summer and while it was not my sort of interest I did find the exhibits they had to be very informative. The permanent stuff wasn't that great but the traveling stuff was very cool to see. I met many people from around the world to come see the... More 

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