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University Museum

Kent Hall

The University Museum serves as a center of object-based learning and a resource for New Mexico State University students, faculty, staff, and the Las Cruces community to explore human experiences—past, present and future. We preserve collections from the Southwest and around the world, develop original exhibitions, conduct research, and use the museum space and collections in teaching and as training for future museum professionals. 

The University Museum's exhibition spaces are currently closed to the public while we work on some necessary facility upgrades.
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An Update on the University Museum:

Like many other museums, when we closed to the public in March we never could have anticipated how COVID-19 would affect our museum, the university, and the communities we serve. In response, many of our exhibition plans moved online or shifted to accommodate the circumstances. As museums in New Mexico and across the country begin to cautiously open to the public again, we have been carefully considering our options. We have decided that the University Museum’s exhibition spaces will remain closed to the public for now. We will be using this opportunity while the gallery spaces are closed to perform some necessary facility upgrades so we can better serve you in the future.  

However, just because our exhibition spaces are closed doesn’t mean we are shut down completely! Staff and students at the museum continue to work closely with the collections, and we want to bring you in on the action. We invite you to connect with us over the coming months through online exhibitions, social media, virtual programs, and profiles of our teaching and research. We have exciting plans for the future, so stay tuned!

Contact Us:
General Museum Inquiries, (575) 646-5161 (voicemail when museum is closed to the public)

Director: Dr. Fumi Arakawa, (M-F 8AM - 5PM)

Curator: Dr. Kristin Otto, (M-F 9AM - 6PM)

The University Museum's administrative office is shared with the Department of Anthropology in Breland Hall.\

Polly Perez (Anthropology Department Administrative Assistant) - Office phone: 575-646-2725 (M-F 8AM - 12PM; 1PM - 5PM)