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The Silver City Museum

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Located in downtown Silver City, just 4 blocks west of Highway 90 and a block from the Arts District, the Silver City Museum is open with free admission from 9:00 AM to 4:30PM Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 AM to 4:00PM Saturdays and Sundays. It is closed Mondays. Guided group tours available by prior arrangement.

The Silver City Museum exists to collect, preserve, research, and interpret for the public the regional history and objects related to the peoples of Southwest New Mexico in an accurate, balanced, and professional manner.

Founded in 1967, the Silver City Museum is operated by the Town of Silver City with support from the non-profit Silver City Museum Society and grant support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Museum collections include some 20,000 objects relating to the peoples and history of southwest New Mexico.

The Museum is housed in the recently-restored 1881 Mansard/Italianate H.B. Ailman House, with a modern collections care wing and changing exhibits gallery. The Museum's main floor is completely handicapped-accessible; a videotaped tour of the upper floor exhibits and cupola can be viewed in the local history library.

The WNMU Museum
and Mimbres Pottery Collection

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Housed on the campus of Western New Mexico University, The WNMU Museum houses one of the world's most complete and comprehensive collections of Mimbres pottery, basketry, and other artifacts, in the Eisele Collection of Prehistoric Southwestern Pottery and Artifacts.

The museum is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM and on Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The museum is closed on university holidays. Admission is free and the museum is fully handicapped accessible.

These museum's stunning examples of ancient pottery reveal a glimpse of the cultural and artistic life of the area more than 800 years ago. Other highlights of the museum include:

  • Casas Grandes Pottery
  • Pottery and Artifacts of Prehistoric Southwestern Cultures
  • Maria Martinez, San Ildefonso, and Santa Clara Pottery (Geneva Back Collection)
  • Historic Navajo Rugs
  • Historic Photographs of Silver City and Surrounding Areas (O.C. Hinman Historic Photograph Collection)
  • 100 Years of Campus History
  • Traveling Exhibits