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Silver City Museum

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Address: 312 W Broadway St, Silver City, NM 88061-4921
Phone Number:
+1 575-538-5921
09:00 - 16:30
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Tue - Fri 09:00 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

In a restored 1881 Mansard/Italianate house, you'll find this fascinating...

In a restored 1881 Mansard/Italianate house, you'll find this fascinating history museum, which includes more than 20,000 items and artifacts related to the people and history of southwest New Mexico.

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Informative 19th & 20th century displays

We visited the museum to learn some local history during our first trip to Silver City. The 1881 two-story home (with a cupola) now houses the museum and is a historic artifact... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2015
Henry A
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed 12 October 2015

We visited the museum to learn some local history during our first trip to Silver City. The 1881 two-story home (with a cupola) now houses the museum and is a historic artifact in its own right. Maps, photographs and documents show Native American, ranching and mining activities in this region of the southwest. Furnishings, tools and implements from homes, businesses... More 

Thank Henry A
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

The service was a little lacking but if you prefer to be left alone, you'll feel right at home. The museum itself was cute and in an old historic house. The exhibits were well done. Best part we found was the 3 self guided walking tour maps you can buy in the gift shop. Most towns give these away. But... More 

Thank Rene M
Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2015

This was a great experience. Be sure to climb to the top! The only disappointment was the lack of information and history about the first settlers and miners of Silver City, the early tensions and achievements.

Thank Soni C
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Reviewed 20 August 2015

This is a must see for all of us who have attended a university, regardless of what city and state. It's great to see other older university sites and wonder of all the precious students and how they dedicated themselves.

Thank Ken B
Bandon, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

We have such wonderful (western) history here, from Billy the Kid having lived here, to Apache Indian raids and the Mimbres civilization, the Silver City Museum has wonderful exhibits showing the great history here. Highly recommend. Donations are always welcome, otherwise it is free admission.

Thank nlbailey
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 7 August 2015

Great small local museum with interactive displays. Can actually sit on the furniture! Great place for kids - several activities for them. Very friendly staff.

Thank sgyorog
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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Reviewed 5 August 2015

We stopped off in Silver City, on our last day of a long road trip home to Arizona. Museum's are always a must on our trips. Staff was nice, guy in the gift shop, was funny and kind. 3 floors, lots of history, lots of Victorian era clothing and dresses, small kids and try them on. Lots of kids hands... More 

1 Thank Ken S
Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 16 July 2015

I liked the Silver City Museum very much. Every aspect of Silver City's history is illuminated. Many photos, especially about Main Street and now Big Ditch Park but also the mining history and Billy the Kid's sojourn. Really interesting !

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Washington DC
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Reviewed 12 July 2015

This museum is well-done and we learned a lot about the area from it. I found the information and pictures especially compelling. Great gift store, too!

Thank alliswell252
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 6 July 2015

Visited during Silver City's 4th of July Festival. The outside grounds were being used for games, music & food. The displays were nicely done and very informative. The 3rd floor offers nice views in all directions but the stairs are narrow & steep. The building was a custom built residence with many fine features.

Thank SMLeek69

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