You Know History.

Now Discover Prehistory.








Years of (Pre)history

fun fact #6

One of our faculty members once contributed to a BBC special on Bigfoot
George Agogino had wide and diverse interests.

at the museum

Pet a 13,000 year-old mammoth
No really: in our touch-and-feel collection we have several real mammoth bones. Try picking them up; they're heavy!

on display now

Beaded Leather
As we present our new exhibit, Beaded and Beautiful, we invite visitors to explore all of our many beaded leather artifacts. Ask one of our docents about the ones that catch your eye!


Our Historic Activities Exhibit is Here!
Ever wonder about all the non-archaeological activities at the site over the years? Well, there have been plenty! From looting to dumping to shooting, come check out our new exhibit. 
The blown up bowling ball is especially enjoyable. . .

around the department

Temporary Closures

The closure of both Blackwater Draw Museum and the Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark archaeological site due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended through at least December 31st in keeping with the guidance of our parent institution, Eastern New Mexico University. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, and urge you to maintain safety and health best practices during this difficult time.  


Staff will still respond to inquiries during this time, so visit our Contact page to get in touch with us.

All three of these murals, as well as numerous others, were painted by Shirley East for the original museum on Highway 70.

Blackwater Draw Museum

1500 S. Ave K, Lea Hall Rm. 163

Portales, NM 88130


Blackwater Draw NHL
508 Route 467
Portales, NM 88130

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