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The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology is a valuable resource for the University of New Mexico community and for colleges and universities in the region.  Our exhibitions, programs, and remarkable anthropological collections from New Mexico and around the world provide exciting opportunities for teaching, learning, and exploring the human past and present.

The Maxwell Museum staff is eager to work with you to provide unique and creative educational experiences to enhance student learning and critical thinking.  Our collections are anthropological, but encounters with them, our public spaces, and the complex history of museum collecting can serve students in many disciplines.

With your interest and our collective imagination we can create memorable learning experiences for UNM students in fields from A(fricana Studies) to Z(oology):


  • Schedule a class visit to the exhibitions or collections.
    • If you would like to bring your students and guide them on you own, we ask that you book all group visits of 10 or more in advance at least a week in advance;
    • If you wish a guided tour led by a trained docent, curator, or collection manager please contact us at least 3 weeks in advance.
  • Develop innovate class projects built around objects in the collections or displays. 
  • Encourage your students to conduct original research in our archives, collections, and display spaces.


To explore these opportunities please email or Maxwell Director Carla Sinopoli ( and we will connect you with the member of our team who can best serve your needs.  If you wish to learn more about the Maxwell Museum’s collections visit “About Our Collection."