About the Museum
Established in 1959, the New Mexico State University Museum has provided fifty years of service to the university and the community. The Museum assists NMSU in providing quality education, advancing knowledge through research, and celebrating the culture and history of the southwest and the University. The Museum serves the community as a repository and exhibitor of local and regional culture and history.
Through its care and maintenance of donated ethnographic, historic and prehistoric objects it preserves an important part of Southwestern and Border region culture and history. The Museum also encourages student and faculty research on our diverse cultural materials. Additionally, Museum faculty members supervise independent student research projects each semester.
The Museum collections are primarily anthropological (archaeological and ethnographic) with secondary collections in history and the natural sciences. Anthropological collections document the cultural diversity of the border in the Greater Southwest and northern Mexico. The preservation and cataloguing of collections promotes research and access to cultural materials. Exhibits are developed by students and staff as well as brought in from other institutions.
These exhibits focus on the traditions of on-going historic and prehistoric cultures. Past exhibits have explored life in 1930s’ New Mexico, Southwestern weavings, prehistoric cultural interactions along the Gila River, the Fremont expedition, and everyday life in a Las Cruces Hispanic household at the turn of the 20th century. The Museum also provides public lectures on a variety of topics. These lectures feature faculty, staff, and visiting experts who present insights on cultural traditions, events, and activities