All the good reviews you read online about the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum located in Deming New Mexico are all true. First, Deming is a small town with a population of about 15,000. Second, it is located away from big cities and surrounded by flat lands and mountains from far distance. These two alone made me question how such a town can have a museum that houses many artifacts and art pieces, all well put together. Astounded, I was. Who would have thought that a little town in New Mexico called Deming would have such an interesting museum?
No question, this was the best museum of any small town I have been to. The selection of exhibits varies from old photos, to furniture, to WWII memorabilia, to musical instruments, to classic vehicles, to dolls and toys, to stunning rocks, minerals, and geodes. One room after another, every space filled to the brim with pieces of history.
The photos below don’t even describe the completeness of the museum. You have to be there to appreciate the offerings.
Array of vehicles.
This is the first auto in Deming.
A 1909 Model T Ford.
This was the Fire Chief’s car in the town of Mogollon, New Mexico during the beginning of the automotive era.
The raw geodes plus the meteorite.
The biggest rock collections I have ever seen in a museum. Thanks to Basin Range Volcanics Geolapidary Museum.
Hundreds of whiskey bottles.
Old cameras, communication equipment, and hundreds of bells.
There are theme rooms in the second floor.
Best collection of the Mimbres pottery.
“Mimbres culture” was around AD 1000-1130. The pottery from the Mimbres region, often finely painted bowls, is “distinct in style and is decorated with geometric designs and figurative paintings of animals, people and cultural icons in black paint on a white background.”
There is so much history in one place and the themed rooms seem to go on and on. If you have inquiries, do not hesitate to ask the friendly volunteers. They are very helpful and knowledgeable.
It may take two hours to see the entire collection. This is a free museum that is run almost entirely by volunteers. So please leave a little donation on your way out.
Will I recommend this museum to my friends? CERTAINLY. You can never find a museum as complete as this one in a relatively small town, but in Deming!
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
Address: 301 South Silver, Deming, NM 88031
Phone Number: 505-546-2383
Hours: Monday – Saturday, from 9am to 4pm
For more info, visit the official Facebook page.
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