New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, has two fascinating museums worth short visits. The University Museum displays historic and prehistoric objects documentinbg the culture and history of the Greater Southwest and northern Mexico. Additional changing exhibits have featured photography, Acoma pottery, cradleboards and rock art. Free. Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. Located on campus, Kent Hall, 1280 E. University Ave. at and Solano Drive. (http://www.nmsu.edu/museum/)
The Alumni and Visitors Center features the Zuhl Collection Gallery of more than 1,000 academically important specimens of petrified wood, fossils, rocks and minerals, dating as far back as 4.5 billion years ago. Displays include fossil remains of extinct animals and plants, dinosaur bones and tracks of ancient amphibians, as well as one of the largest pieces of petrified wood ever cut and polished to highlight the mineral content. Free, 775 College Dr., but only open weekdays, 8-5.
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