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“A wonderful surprise!” 5 of 5 stars
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Western New Mexico University Museum
1000 West College Avenue, Silver City, NM
505/538-6386
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Ranked #2 of 14 Attractions in Silver City
Type: History Museums
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Owner description: 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.
Tucson, Arizona
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“A wonderful surprise!”
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 answer questions and direct visitors to restrooms, drinking fountains, and the gift shop. I'd difinitely go again!

Visited June 2014
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Floral City, Florida
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“Outstanding”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Santa Monica, California
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“First Gila Cliffs and then see their pottery ”
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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“Mimbres pottery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This small university museum has possibly the finest collection of Mimbres pottery in the country, probably in the world. It is a must for every archaeologist wanna-be.

Visited May 2014
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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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“Western NM University Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

It was interesting to see the gorgeous Mimbres pottery and learn about the people who made it. The building was quite large and old. There is a "no photographs" policy in effect.

Visited May 2014
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