New Mexico State University Museum


While many area sights focus on the sky and its stars, several attractions on the campus of New Mexico State University are rooted in terra firma---from artifacts dug from the earth to the plants that grow in it. Even more grounded is the fact that admission to these sights is free, including at this museum, where collections include prehistoric and historic items, many from the southwest, excavated by students and professors and archived here for research purposes since 1959.

Changing exhibits pull from Native American and Hispanic textiles, baskets pottery, and other everyday wares as well as equipment, clothing, tools, and other memorabilia from early forts, ranches, businesses, and homes. There’s even gear found at old camp sites on the Santa Fe to Mexico City trail. Countless photographs and documents as well as donated artifacts from Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe round out the collections.

While you're on campus, try to visit both the Fabian Garcia Botanical Gardens and the university's unique Chili Pepper Institute and its garden.


1280 E. University Ave
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001


32.28470000, -106.75307100

Open Hours

Tues.--Sat. noon--4.
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(575) 646-5161

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