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Permanent Exhibits
How Silver City's Main Street Became the Big Ditch

LINES IN THE SAND: Maps of Territorial New Mexico
. . . tells the stories of how the movements of people, boundaries and governments drew and redrew maps across the New Mexico landscape.
New Exhibits - 2014
Parece Que Fue Ayer
The Grant County Chicano Music Project
March 22 through July 20 – An exhibit of original photos and memorabilia of Chicano musicians who played in Grant County from the post-World War II era to the present. These are selections from the original 2013 exhibit held at Western New Mexico University. The exhibition was organized by the Grant County Chicano Music Project.

Musicians pictured in the "Cuchillo" band photo:
Back: JoJo Murillo, Danny Córdova, Rudy Valencia, Ray Valencia, Larry Murillo, Jimmie Arellano, Front: Max Murillo
Exhibit open during Museum hours - March 22 through July 20
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Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Desert
March 22 through June 8 – This exhibit is composed of thirty-one photographs from the work of University of Texas at El Paso professor emeritus Dr. Robert H. Schmidt. Dr. Schmidt's background is in natural resources and physical geography. For the last three decades he has tracked changes in the Chihuahuan Desert. This exhibition presents, in visual form, an interpretation of scientific information about the region of the Chihuahuan Desert.

The Silver City Museum presents "Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Desert" as a means to promote ongoing dialogue about the significance of natural landscapes and the effect of human actions upon them. Exhibit open during Museum hours - March 22 through June 8, 2014. [ Press Release ]
Continuing Exhibits
Ghost Town Diaries: Karl Kernberger's Search for the Light
Photographs in this exhibit record some Southern New Mexico ghost towns as seen by then-college-student Karl Kernberger from 1959 through 1967. The exhibit includes scenes of the Black Range bonanza towns of Hillsboro, Kingston, Chloride, and Lake Valley; the towns of Old Hachita and Shakespeare in New Mexico's desert "bootheel" country; and Mogollon, and Alma in the Mogollon Mountains. Closest to Silver City are Georgetown and Old Tyrone as they looked in 1961. Many of the photographs in this exhibit are original prints meticulously developed by Kernberger himself. Each town has its own story, which were collected from residents by Karl Kernberger and Michael Jenkinson and are included in their book Ghost Towns of New Mexico, Playthings of the Wind published by the University of New Mexico Press in 1967.
Open during Museum hours - through May 4, 2014. [ Press Release ]

Our Saints Among Us: Revisited
Museum Members Preview - September 6, 3:00-4:00pm,
Exhibit Opening - 4:00-6:00pm

From the private collection of Barbe Awalt and Paul Rhetts, the collection includes works in the forms of santos, retablos, bultos, colcha, tinwork, and other media depicting saints and other traditional themes. Fifteen years ago the exhibit first travelled to museums, libraries and universities throughout the Southwest and California. As guest curators in planning for the Silver City Museum exhibit, Barbe Awalt and Paul Rhetts added a new element to the exhibit with an emphasis on the role of Hispanic New Mexican art in mass-produced items.
Open during Museum hours - through March 2, 2014. [ Press Release ]

Historic District Window Exhibits
Historic Districts Interpretive window exhibits are on display facing the Courtyard.

Each of the four districts has a map, with corresponding information about the history and architecture of the district.

The maps interpret the unique buildings and history of Silver City, and the importance of historic preservation.
Walking tours of three historic districts include:
  • Historic Business District,
  • La Capilla,
  • Gospel Hill.
Each tour includes maps, illustrations, and histories of specific buildings in the tour area. These materials are currently available for free, while supplies last, at the Silver City Museum and the Murray Ryan Visitor Center.