Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Albuquerque

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The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology is an anthropology museum located on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The museum was founded in 1932 as the Museum of Anthropology of the University of New Mexico, becoming the first public museum in Albuquerque. In 1972 it was renamed the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology in honor of philanthropists Dorothy and Gilbert Maxwell.
The museum was established in 1932 as the Museum of Anthropology of the University of New Mexico by Edgar Lee Hewett, an active anthropologist who founded the University's anthropology department four years earlier. The museum was created to house and display the growing collection of artifacts gathered from field schools of archaeological research associated with the UNM Anthropology Department, the School of American Research, and the Museum of New Mexico.
Frank C. Hibben was the first director of the museum and expanded its holdings by collecting archaeological materials from around the world and in trade with other museums. Exhibits were first situated in UNM's Rodey Hall, which was demolished in 1971. The museum moved to Scholes Hall in 1935, then to the current site in 1961. In 1972 a major construction project expanded museum facilities, which was funded by the philanthropists Dorothy and Gilbert Maxwell. The museum was renamed in their honor and since then, it has been recognized as an important regional museum and a nationally known research center.
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  • With the help of some excellent displays, this museum gave me an insight and understanding of the ancient history of this area. It also shows in understandable detail how anthropological research is b...  more »
  • Excellent Experience here, there is dedicated parking for the museum on the South Side of the building (Parking is on the West Side). First thing is grab a spot and run in to the front desk and get a ...  more »
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  • Solid museum. Yes, it is small, but has a nice degree of info that is specific to the state. The exhibits are also solid. An undiscovered gem, and a nice complement to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History nearby in Old Town.
  • ..Undiscovered treasures in Albuquerque.. I've done some research here 25 years ago.. It's a fun place.. For family.. It explores the history.. The culture... Of the Southwest[].. Anyone that's in town should make this one of the early stops. Truly outstanding

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