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Western New Mexico University Museum

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Address: 1000 W College Ave, Fleming Hall, Silver City, NM 88061
Phone Number: +1 575-538-6386
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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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Must see for local Mimbres culture

This small but excellent museum showcases the culture of the local Mimbres people, primarily through their pottery. Other artifacts are also presented, and there is a small... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This small but excellent museum showcases the culture of the local Mimbres people, primarily through their pottery. Other artifacts are also presented, and there is a small exhibit about the early mining days. Donation only, no entrance fee. Worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum will close the end of July, 2016, for a year or longer for a major renovation. When it reopens, it will be a 5-star. The museum has in its possession the best historical collection of all things Mimbres. What we saw in June of '16 was exceptional, many pieces of memorabilia are ancient evidence of the Mimbres peoples.... More 

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Lexington, ky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Wonderful collection of Mimbres pottery from SE New Mexico. Could have explained how we do not know more about these people because of the destruction caused by pot hunters destroying any other useful artifacts retrieving these pots, but some of the collection may have been donated by these people. It will be closed at the end of July for 14... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this small museum which focuses on Native American art--mainly pottery and baskets. The museum was undergoing renovation, and will probably be even better when completed.

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Jemez Pueblo NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

This was our first stop in Silver City. It's a great small museum featuring the Mimbres culture, similar to the Anasazi of central New Mexico. The museum displays are very good and are well labeled so.visitors can follow the development of this ancient culture of southwestern New Mexico. The pots displayed are the best examples of Mimbres style that we... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

Following the good reviews, we stopped here on a Sunday afternoon to go through this gem of a museum. It is very small, but it explains the Mimbres culture through several hundred years. The pottery is magnificent and is well worth the time. There is no admission but there is a donation box at the end!! We donated generously as... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Fantastic exhibition of Mimbres pots, as well as excellent interpretaive text re local archaeological excavations. No charge; donation box.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Went here on 3/19/16 on a official visit for my son, the staff is very friendly and it was buffet style and unlimited drinks. Best food place for students, wish we had a cafeteria set up at our college.

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Dripping Springs, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

For what it is, a nice little museum with a very narrow focus--Mimbres pottery, this is one to visit. The collection is well put together and has very good written material/signage to assist in learning about the subject. This is one of the better "attractions" in Silver City. The major one is the food--lots of good options! The scenery surrounding... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

While the museum itself isn't the easiest sunofagun to find, once you do find it, you will have an easy hours' worth of reading and gazing and learning. As you have questions at the beginning of your tour, they will most likely be answered by the end of the tour.. It's a quiet, old building. Don't forget to check out... More 

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