Museum Mission

Aerial View of Kent HallThe mission of the New Mexico State University Museum derives from and is consistent with the mission of New Mexico State University. The museum’s mission, therefore, is to assist New Mexico State University in providing quality education for its students, advancing knowledge and enriching culture through research, and providing educational service to the people of New Mexico. Deriving from and consistent with its status as a sub-department of the Department of Anthropology, the Museum places special emphasis on education, research, and service that preserves and maintains the state’s multicultural heritage. 

Teaching

The Museum’s teaching responsibility is to support teaching and other instructional activities in the Department of Anthropology, the College of Arts and Sciences, and other NMSU academic units. Specifically, the Museum provides formal instruction in Museum Studies to undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines, including Anthropology, Art, Art History and Public History.

Research

The Museum’s research responsibility is to support research by faculty and students in the Department of Anthropology, the College of Arts and Sciences, and other NMSU academic units. The Museum supports, as appropriate, the dissemination of research by faculty and students. The Museum facilitates collaboration among NMSU departments, programs, and colleges. The Museum facilitates cooperation between NMSU and private, state, federal, and international organizations, institutions, and agencies.

Service

The Museum’s service responsibility is to support the local, state, national, and greater world communities through educational outreach and cultural conservation activities, in association with the Department of Anthropology, the College of Arts and Sciences, and other NMSU units. The Museum will especially promote educational outreach and cultural conservation activities that preserve and maintain the state’s and region’s multicultural heritage.

Collection, Conservation and Exhibition of Material Culture

The Museum has a special responsibility to collect, conserve, and exhibit material objects relating to the multicultural heritage of the peoples of our state and region. Primarily, the Museum collects and curates significant anthropological and archaeological materials that relate to this multicultural heritage. Secondarily, the Museum collects and curates objects relating to the history and natural science of our state and region. These activities support the Museum’s teaching, research, and service missions and help meet NMSU’s legal responsibilities relating to the collection and curation of material objects.