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You Know History.

Now Discover Prehistory.



Years of (Pre)history
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Smith Collection projectile points.

Land Acknowledgment

The Eastern New Mexico University and Blackwater Draw Museum sit on the traditional homelands of the Comanche, Mescalero Apache, and Kiowa peoples past and present. We express our gratitude for the opportunity to live, work, and learn on this land. This calls us to commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit as well.

on display now

Beaded Leather
We invite visitors to explore our many beaded leather artifacts with our exhibit Beaded and Beautiful. Check out its online component here.


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. . .

Check out a short museum preview video below or our museum page here for more info.

around the department

We are open!

Thurs- Sat: 9 am- 12 pm; 1 pm- 5 pm
Sun: 12 pm- 5 pm

Archaeological Site:
Closed for the season

Please visit our Hours page for details on holidays and closures.


Visit our Contact page if you have questions or call 575-562-2202.

mammoth logo in green

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

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