The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology houses anthropological collections from around the world spanning 2.5 million years of human cultural development. Although its collections emphasize the American Southwest, other strengths include Africa, the Arctic, Australia, Central and South America, India, New Guinea, Oceania, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia. The Museum houses more than one million archaeological and ethnological objects, human skeletal remains, orthodontic records of thousands of individuals, more than 100,000 images, and extensive document archives. During its history, the Maxwell Museum has been a leader among university-based anthropology museums.
The museum plays a major role in identifying and preserving archeological sites in New Mexico through the Office of Contract Archeology. The Maxwell Museum’s faculty, staff and collections provide unique educational and research opportunities for students at UNM. We support New Mexico’s visitor industry, provide exhibits and programs that connect UNM to the citizens of Albuquerque, celebrate the diversity of New Mexico’s communities, and enhance the curriculum of local schools.
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