University of New Mexico Museums

These museums and galleries are important resources
to the cultural life and education of Albuquerque and New Mexico

University Art Museum remote site
Center for the Arts
Central Avenue at Cornell
Tel 505-277-4001

Founded in 1963, maintains five galleries in its main facility in the Center for the Arts on the campus of UNM. The museum's permanent collection has grown to more than 30,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures and other accessions, making it the largest collection of fine arts in New Mexico. Works in the collection range from 15th century engravings, sculpture and painting of the Renaissance and Baroque, more than 3,000 prints and 5,000 photographs, and European and American works of the 20th century and significant holdings of Spanish Colonial Art. The photography collection is the largest and most diverse collection owned by any university museum in the United States.

Exhibitions at all of the museum's galleries are free and open to the public. Lectures, gallery talks, symposia, printed guides and guided tours are offered on an ongoing basis. Please consult the museum's website for current event information. University Art Museum is open Tuesday 10-8, Wednesday-Friday 10-4, Saturday + Sunday 1-4 and during weekend performances at Popejoy Hall.


Raymond Jonson Collection
Tel 505-277-8927

As of September, 2010, The Raymond Jonson Collection will be housed within the University Art Museum. The Jonson Collection has, in its four distinct collections, over 1,300 works by modernist painter Raymond Jonson (1891-1982) and the other nine members of the Transcendental Painting Group—co-founded by Jonson and Emil Bisttram in 1938—along with over 1,000 works by other mid-twentieth century and contemporary American artists.

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology remote site
University Boulevard and Grand NE
Tel 505-277-4404

Located in the Anthropology Building, its educational programs include workshops for adults and children, field trips to Chaco Canyon, the Petroglyph park and other locations; lectures on art and history, archaeology, and contemporary issues. Outreach programs offered by the Maxwell include traveling trunk programs presented in classrooms and at community meetings. Two permanent exhibits include "Ancestors," a comprehensive tracing of human development through time and "People of the Southwest." The Maxwell Museum's changing exhibitions reflect world cultures with an anthropological emphasis.

The Maxwell Museum Store offers a wide selection of traditional and arts and crafts contemporary southwestern Indian and a variety of handmade items from around the world. A special children's section offers inexpensive books, activity kits and international folk art. The Maxwell Museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 9 am-4 pm, Saturdays from 10 am-4 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, and major holidays. Admission is free and donations are welcomed.

Tamarind Institute remote site
108 Cornell SE, across Central from Fine Arts Center, Albuquerque
Tel 505-277-3901

An internationally recognized center for training research and publishing in the field of fine art lithography. Professional artists create fine original lithographs at Tamarind where all printing is done by hand from stones and metal plates drawn by the artist. Tamarind maintains a gallery featuring lithographs produced by professional artists as well as recently produced lithographs by students. The gallery is open from 8-5 pm weekdays and by appointment. Free public tours and workshop demonstrations are the first Friday of every month at 1:30 pm. Call for reservations.

The Museum of Geology and the Meteorite Museum remote site
Geology Tel 505-277-4204
Meteorite Tel 505-277-2747

Both museums are located in Northrop Hall. The Museum of Geology contains minerals and fossils of New Mexico and the world. The Meteorite Museum contains one of the world's major meteorite collections and includes one of the largest meteorites ever recovered. Guided tours may be arranged. Admission is free. Both museums are open during UNM business hours.

The Museum of Southwestern Biology remote site
Tel 505-277-2604

The Biology Department's major divisions are represented: mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, insects, herbarium and microorganisms. While the Museum is mainly a research and teaching facility, tours may be arranged by Appointment.

The Art Education Gallery
Tel 505-277-4112

Located in Masley Hall, the gallery was established in 1982 to provide educational exhibitions of work by artists, children and work focusing on the multicultural aspect of the Southwest. It is open during UNM business hours and By Appointment.

Sommers Gallery
UNM Department of Art and Art History
Tel 505-277-3831

Open during the fall and spring semesters during UNM business hours. The Gallery is in Room 202 of the Art and Art History Department Building. Gallery space is reserved for work by graduate students. The Gallery also displays work created by students who enroll for the department's workshops at the D. H. Lawrence Ranch near Taos. Tours may be arranged.


Throughout the campus are large-scale sculptures by internationally known artists and murals by New Mexican artists. Of particular note is the controversial "Center of the Universe" by Bruce Nauman, located at the southeast end of the Duck Pond, and "Dreams and Nightmares: Journey of a Broken Weave," a steel sculpture designed by Dennis Oppenheim located at the campus entrance on Lomas Blvd. In addition, the University's distinctive Spanish/Pueblo Revival architecture sets it apart from other colleges and universities and makes a stroll through the campus a fascinating journey.

Related Pages

Albuquerque Museum Directory article
Albuquerque Performing Arts Directory article

Tamarind Institute Goes Global article
Tamarind Institute: Past and Future article

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LAST MODIFIED: November 30, 2009

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