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  • The New Mexico Cultural Database of Museums, Parks, and Monuments
  • New Mexico Museums and Libraries
  • Museums in Southern New Mexico
  • Artcom Museum Tour: New Mexico - Best thing about this site: it lists museums by city. Worst thing: doesn't link to the museums' websites.

  • American International Rattlesnake Museum - Albuquerque
  • Basin Range Volcanics Geolapidary Museum and Rock Shop - Outside Deming. Huge collection of "thundereggs", or geodes, hollow rocks filled with colorful minerals. Kind of wacky, but if you're in the area, why not.
  • Blackwater Draw Museum and Archeological Site - Outside Portales. Documents earliest Paleoindian culture in North America.
  • E.L. Blumenshein Home and Museum - Taos. Home of co-founder of the famous Taos Society of Artists. Furnished with original art & antiques just as when the artist & his family lived here.
  • Bradbury Science Museum - Los Alamos. History of Los Alamos National Laboratory and its research.
  • Branigan Cultural Center History and Art Museum - Las Cruces
  • Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and Custom House - Deming
  • Dine College Museum (Ned A. Hatathli Museum)
  • Eastern New Mexico University Natural History Museum - Portales. "The Natural History Museum Exhibit is an educational center designed to inform visitors about the flora and fauna of New Mexico. Displays include living plants, crustaceans, arachnids, insects, fishes, amphibians, and reptiles, as well as many species of prepared bird and mammalian specimens."
  • Explora Science Center & Children's Museum - Albuquerque
  • The Fechin Museum - Taos. "Nicolai Fechin's home features his architecture, handcarved furnishings & spectacular artwork. Changing exhibits of work by other artists."
  • The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum - Santa Fe
  • Geronimo Springs Museum - Truth or Consequences
  • Hacienda de los Martinez - Taos. "One of the few remaining Spanish Colonial haciendas open to the public. Period rooms and demonstrations illustrate the rugged lifestyle of the early 1800s."
  • Hammel Museum - Socorro
  • Harwood Foundation Museum - Taos. "The collection showcases many of Taos' best known artists from the early days of the art colony through today. 19th century Hispanic art and featuring the Agnes Martin Gallery."
  • Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico - Roswell
  • Hubbard Museum of the American West - Ruidoso. "Contains The Museum of the Horse, the collection of Anne C. Stradling, and the Ruidoso Downs Race Horse Hall of Fame."
  • Institute of American Indian Arts Museum - Santa Fe. "Home of The National Collection of Contemporary Indian Art."
  • Kit Carson Home & Museum - Taos. "The famed scout's home with furnished period rooms, mountain man relics, gun displays, Hispanic & Indian artifacts."
  • Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art & Culture
  • Las Cruces Museum of Natural History
  • Log Cabin Museum - Las Cruces
  • Los Alamos Historical Museum
  • Maxwell Museum of Anthropology - Albuquerque. "Holds over 10 million individual items in its archaeological, ethnological, archival, photo and skeletal collections."
  • General Douglas L. McBride Museum - Roswell. "Home of the historical heritage of the New Mexico Military Institute and the Corps of Cadets."
  • Meteorite Museum and Collection - at UNM in Albuquerque
  • Miles Mineral Museum - Portales
  • Millicent Rogers Museum of Northern New Mexico - Taos. "Acclaimed collection of historic and contemporary arts & crafts of northern New Mexico. Native American jewelry, pottery by Maria Martinez, Hispanic arts."
  • Mineral Museum - Socorro. Part of the New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources.
  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology - Santa Fe. "The premier repository of Native art and material culture."
  • Museum of International Folk Art - Santa Fe
  • My House of Old Things - 24 miles north of Carrizozo. Antiques and nostalgia. (Inspirational, in the sense that maybe someday people will pay to see all MY old junk. See, honey, I told you it would be worth something someday!)
  • National Atomic Museum - Albuquerque. Worth a trip. A sanitized presentation of history, but pretty amazing nonetheless.
  • New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum - Las Cruces
  • New Mexico Hispanic Cultural Center - Currently (8/99) being built in Albuquerque. I couldn't figure out when they expect it to open, though.
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science - Albuquerque
  • New Mexico State University Museum - Las Cruces
  • Pueblo Cultural Center - Albuquerque
  • El Rancho de las Golondrinas - Santa Fe. "A Spanish Colonial Living History Museum"
  • Retablo Collection at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery - Las Cruces. "One of the largest collections of retablos in North America."
  • Roosevelt County Historical Museum - Portales. "Upon entering the museum, visitors are immediately swept backward in time to the early life and times of the residents of Roosevelt County. The displays include relics of the home including antique furniture and an Edison photograph as well as the technology of the past as evidenced by a printing press and a medical instrument collection."
  • Roswell Museum and Art Center - Also contains the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium, the largest planetarium in the state.
  • Santa Fe Children's Museum
  • Silver City Museum
  • International Space Hall of Fame, Museum, and Planetarium - Alamogordo. Definitely worth a visit. This place has as much real stuff (space suits, capsules, rockets) as the NASA museums in Houston and Cape Kennedy. Plus they have one of those acceleration sleds, you know, the kind where the guy's cheeks start flapping from the wind. Cool.
  • Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum - Alamogordo
  • International UFO Museum & Research Center - Roswell. After 50 years of fighting it, the city of Roswell finally gave up and has now turned its reputation as UFO Central into its biggest tourist attraction. Don't miss the gift shop, home of Stuffed Aliens in Assorted Colors, Huggable Space Babies, and Roswell Alien Puffkins (they really are cute).
  • Roswell, New Mexico: Desperately seeking aliens - Two UFO Museums and an old newspaper cliping may be as close as an eager visitor gets to a close encounter. Story and photos by Joseph Falco. (Cyberwest Magazine)
  • Van Vechten-Lineberry Taos Art Museum - Taos. Exhibiting paintings by every member of the Taos Society of Artists under one roof. Nearly 130 works by more than 50 artists.
  • War Eagles Museum - Santa Teresa, just outside El Paso. Air history museum with lots of historical aircraft. Worth a trip if you like planes.
  • Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian - Santa Fe
  • White Sands Missile Range Museum
  • Western New Mexico University Museum - Silver City

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