The Zuhl Museum

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The Zuhl Museum
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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The Zuhl Museum: Where Rocks Come Alive! Part art gallery, part natural history museum, the Zuhl collection at New Mexico State University showcases thousands of beautiful specimens of petrified wood, fossils and minerals. The Zuhl Collection contains petrified wood, fossils, rocks and minerals. The Zuhl Museum is easily accessible to local citizens, school groups and visitors to the university and southern New Mexico. New hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-4pm and Every Second Saturday of each month 12-4pm.
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Selvyn C
Hawthorne, CA146 contributions
Family
If your into rocks fossils, petrified wood, and minerals this is the place to go. Is not a big museum which actually enjoy cause it seems more promising looking at the rocks and my 3 year old son enjoyed it too. Just remember there only open from 12pm to 4pm Tue through Friday. And to make things better is free. Definitely worth checking out.
Written January 8, 2020
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Albert008
Silver City, NM203 contributions
Solo
You may see Flyers for this museum with great photos, but you will still be shocked at the items in the Zuhl museum. The museum is known for it's petrified wood collection, but the mineral specimens, polished rock spheres, and I think the fossils are also amazing. I love the crabs. The petrified wood table which must be over 10 feet long is breathtaking. They have the largest polished pieces of wood I have ever seen with incredible colors. The museum is free accepting donations and easy to find on the edge of campus very close to I-10. I overheard that the museum was recently reorganized. Nice job.
Written November 13, 2017
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Thank-you for the kind words. We did recently renovate and add on the the Zuhl Museum in October 2017. That long table is 13.5' long weighing in at 3000 lbs!!! So glad you liked the collection. The crabs are one of my favorites too!
Written June 5, 2018
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kah
39 contributions
Family
Our son loved rocks and other types of old history. We were looking for the chili pepper institute and came across this exhibit and the new Mexico university visitor center. We spent an hour looking at the different items on display. The kids (ages 11&7) absolutely loved it. The different fossils, petrified trees, and other artifacts were really cool.
Written July 18, 2017
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AZcartrip
Gilbert, AZ622 contributions
Couples
We loved this exhibit at the Zuhl Museum.

First of all, it's free (donations are accepted) and parking is free as well. Even if this museum wasn't free, this is a must see.

The collection consists of thousand of pieces of petrified wood and trees most of which have been polished to enhance to the grain. There are meteorites, one is 4 billion years old. And hundred of fossils.

The exhibit is well thought out and displayed for your viewing enjoyment. We were blown away.

It's defiantly worth seeing. Next time in Las Cruces, we will visit again.
Written June 5, 2016
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RafaInNewMexico
Las Cruces, NM25 contributions
Who would have believed that by cutting large pieces of petrified wood into slabs, and polishing them, that such beauty could be created. Mr Herb Zuhl started a business while living in NYC where he would attain the wood logs, mostly from Oregon, cut them up, and sell them as coffee table tops, or simply unique pieces of art to hang on your wall. He sold his product worldwide. His business did well and he and his lovely wife Joan have generously donated many pieces to NMSU, creating what is now referred to as the Zuhl Collection or Museum. It's a one of a kind collection and definitely worth the visit.
Written August 24, 2015
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tony c
Leitchfield, KY66 contributions
Family
This place is a little hard to find because of road construction all around it,but it is a great place to go.There are several displays of fossils and the most awesome displays of petrified wood you will ever see.As well as the coolest mineral displays. If you think this sounds too nerdy for you,you really NEED to go see it yourself.
Written April 2, 2014
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DebErlanger
Erlanger, Kentucky95 contributions
Family
Alumni and Visitors Center at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces 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. It is well curated and displayed. Worth at least an hour-long visit. Free, 775 College Dr., but only open weekdays, 8-5. Closed on holidays. (http://alum.nmsu.edu/s/422/internal.aspx?gid=1&pgid=279)
Written August 14, 2013
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JR R
18 contributions
Family
We stopped here because we had time to burn an it was a great attraction. Its a one room museum however, they were adding on when we were there. There is an outside area.

My two young boys really were fascinated by all the displays. There is a ton crammed into this one location. Hard to figure out where out is from the road. But with the time.
Written July 25, 2017
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debra l
Las Cruces, New Mexico4 contributions
Friends
The exhibit was amazing! The size and beauty of the specimens! We are so lucky to have the Zuhl in Las Cruces!
Written May 22, 2017
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MontanaCraig
Big Sky, MT671 contributions
Friends
It took a local to direct me to this must see free museum. This is the best collection of petrified wood I have seen - all from a single donor. I totally recommend this side trip by the University.
Written May 3, 2017
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