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Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

Working toward greater understandings of the fullness of human experiences in the Southwest and the world.  



Curanderismo exhibition

Investigate global cultures past and present. Permanent exhibits cover nearly 4 million years of the human cultural experience.  Temporary exhibitions explore topics on cultures across the world and throughout time.


Children interacting with museum exhibit

The Maxwell provides unique opportunities to UNM students and faculty, K-12 students and the public through education tours and public programs.


Woven basket

Museum collections span the globe, with objects and archives representing archaeology, ethnology, and evolutionaty anthropology. The Maxwell encourages and supports use of its collections for research.




Acoma Pueblo storyteller Shop the Maxwell Museum Store online or on the University of New Mexico campus. We feature local and fair trade items, partner with Native American artists from New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, and ensure the highest ethical standards, quality, and authenticity.


Land Acknowledgment

The University of New Mexico and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology sit on and among the traditional homelands of multiple sovereign nations. We acknowledge the deep connections of the Pueblo, Diné, and Apache peoples to the land and the significant contributions of past, present, and future Indigenous peoples and communities to life and culture in the greater Southwest, the United States, and the world at large. In acknowledging these connections, we express our gratitude for the opportunity to live, work, and learn on this land. We honor our relationships with Indigenous peoples and commit to working towards reconciling injustices, restoring voices, and realizing community going forward.