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Address: 1111 University Blvd, At Unm (Anthropology Building), Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone Number: 505 277 4405
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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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Good rainy day activity

Should have come here so I had better background before I went to the Pueblo Center. Displays were better curated here so I had a better sense of the history involved. Very nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2016
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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing pottery from North America and Asia. Fascinating Southwest section detailing the excavation and study of numerous indigenous ruins from as far away as Mexico to our local New Mexico area. Beautifully laid out. Easy parking.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

This is a very informative Museum located on the UNM campus which is lovely to walk around. There are some very nice examples of Pre Columbian ceramics to view and a life size mock up of a dig site. All in all it is a very nice way to spend an hour or so.

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Guelph, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

Should have come here so I had better background before I went to the Pueblo Center. Displays were better curated here so I had a better sense of the history involved. Very nice little gift store and there was an interesting travelling exhibit on Chinese ceramics and the history of the Chinese in New Mexico

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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.

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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.

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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).

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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 

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