Researchers and public may view and study objects in the Museum's collection that are housed or on exhibition. Requests must be given in writing and well in advance. On the What We Collect
page, learn more about Museum collection policies - and view a selection of collection materials in the Museum's Online Collections Database
For more information contact the Curator of Collections
The Ailman House, home to the Museum
The H.B. Ailman House
, an 1881 Mansard/Italianate structure, is the Museum's home and its single largest artifact. Originally one of a pair of "twin" houses, it was built from soft, locally made brick and lumber milled from nearby forests. After two decades as a single-family residence, the future museum spent a quarter-century as a boarding house, a brief stint as City Hall, and 35 years as the town fire station. Learn more about the history of the house in the About
section of this Website.
Our permanent collection holds over 50,000 objects including photographs, historic objects and paper archives.
Over 20,000 photographs are housed in the photo archive collection including images of Grant County, Silver City, people, ranching, mining, the built environment, and other subjects pertinent to southwest New Mexico from the 1870's to the 1970's
Please open and download our Photo Use Policy
Digital photo reproductions from most of our images are available for a fee. Please contact Jackie Becker
, Curator of Collections for a Photo Reproduction form and more information.
Household and personal objects
; clothing and accessories dating from the late 19th century through middle 20th century.
; office equipment and carpentry and objects used in commerce.
; Mimbres bowls and jewelry, Apache baskets, and lithics.
; items from the Santa Rita, Tyrone and other mines in the Grant County area. Assaying equipment, mining gear, office equipment from mining operations in the area.
; saddles, yokes, and other gear and tools.
Newspapers, mining records, yearbooks, business records, ledgers, magazine and maps. For any inquiries about the collections, please contact the Curator of Collections.