top of page

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology 

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology is located at 500 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, on the campus of the University of New Mexico. Its permanent and temporary exhibitions present the rich cultural history of the southwest. The Museum also sponsors special exhibitions and programs that explore current and timely issues related to the history of the American Southwest. There is a museum store that offers unique gifts, home decor and jewelry.

The museum has a vast collection of archaeological artifacts and objects. Over 19,000 objects are cataloged. Visitors can view the rare and unique collections of art, including jewelry, pottery, and pottery from many different cultures. Many of the objects on display are sourced from systematic anthropological research.

Additional Info


The Museum also hosts extensive collections from UNM field schools that were conducted in Chaco Canyon during the 1930s and 1940s. The Museum also has an ongoing collaboration with the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, which houses additional collections of Chaco artifacts. The museum offers educational programs for school children and adults.

The Maxwell Museum also hosts traveling exhibits. The museum also has a library and archives where research documents and records are archived for future generations. The museum is dedicated to the three pillars of community engagement, education, and care of its collections. It is Albuquerque's oldest public museum and explores human culture.


The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology New Mexico is a premier educational resource in the Southwest. Its collections represent the region's diverse cultures, from prehistoric times to the present. The museum offers tours throughout the year, and the collection is growing by leaps and bounds. It has recently acquired 338 linear feet of boxes from the Canada Alamosa Project.


This collaborative project, between Human Research Systems and the Canada Alamosa Institute, excavated four significant prehistoric settlements and surveyed over 40 more. During the process of preparing these boxes for the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology New Mexico, artifacts were carefully sorted by provenance.


The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology is the University of New Mexico's first public museum and is open to the public. Visitors can also shop for gifts in the museum store and enjoy free live music. The Maxwell Courtyard Concert Series features local musicians and artists. One of the featured acts this summer is the band Lone Pinon. This band performs traditional music and traditional sounds with an emphasis on the indigenous people of the region.


The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology New Mexico also offers a free program for middle and high school students to help them understand the importance of science and culture. This program provides students with a unique context for real-world application of their learning. The museum hopes to deliver more programs to middle and high school students in the future.


In addition to the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology New Mexico, you may also want to explore the Alamogordo Museum, which sounds like the moon of Jupiter. This museum features nine exhibits and is housed in a golden glass cube. The museum emphasizes New Mexico's role in the U.S. space program and has a planetarium.

Up next, Wheels Museum Inc.

bottom of page