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“Desperately needs help”

Western New Mexico University Museum
Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Silver City
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 7 February 2014

The pottery is simply breathtaking. I've looked at pottery in SW museums for decades and have rarely seen this level of quality.
The displays are amateurishly constructed and dirty with frequent misspellings. The prohibition against photography is completely assinine. When I asked why I couldn't take flash-free photographs I received an utterly nonsensical explanation.
I'd like to see this world-class pottery placed in the hands of more professional and enlightened curators.

Thank Bob B
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Wnmu M, WNMU Museum Director at Western New Mexico University Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2016

Thank you for your review! Western New Mexico University Museum is preparing for a $3.3 million renovation of the building and exhibitions thanks to New Mexico voters and Western New Mexico University, our parent institution! The renovation, which begins July 2016, includes adding heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fire suppressions, and new security systems, and installing new, interactive, and engaging exhibitions. At the moment, staff are in the planning stages with our architects and exhibit designers, and writing grants for new innovative and interactive exhibitions. As it becomes available, information information about the renovation, including designs, the location of the temporary museum while Fleming Hall undergoes renovation, and much more will be posted to our website. Plans are to permit visitors to photograph exhibitions and objects for personal use only in the newly renovated Museum.

We will hold a Grand Reopening Celebration when the renovations are complete and we hope that you will join us!

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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Very nice museum if you like to see pottery which I do. Lots of mimbres pottery. The antiques area is weak, but the pottery is very strong. Wish they would learn to spell (whoever printed up the explanation boards didn't know how to proofread).

1  Thank rare1
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

This museum is a wonderful step back in time, and a great study of the mimbreno people that lived in the southwest a long time ago.

Thank PollyandEsther
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

I knew very little about the Mimbres before visiting this museum. The person at the front desk was extremely helpful and oriented us to the exhibits, adding tidbits about the collections that we wouldn't have gleaned from the exhibits themselves.

Thank XuxaL
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

This is an excellent and little known museum with free admission. We visited on a Saturday morning and as there were no other visitors, a History Major student who was working there, Erica Jane, gave us a guided tour. The collection of Mimbres Pottery, the Nan Ranch collection plus other artefacts are of world class and Erica Jane's knowledge and enthusiasm was an added bonus to us as visitors from Australia. We even got to grind some corn with a rock as the Mogollon People did. We had visited the Gila Cliff Dwellings the day before and so this insight into the early people of the South West and their creativity was very good. There is a good gift shop there which has some good publications.

Thank Carmen D
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