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Permanent Exhibits
The Ailman Family in Silver City - A family friendly interactive parlor exhibition
This interactive exhibition allows visitors to enter into and experience the Victorian Parlor of the H. B. Ailman family. It is a family friendly exhibit that all age groups will enjoy.

H. B. Ailman built the home in 1881 that now houses the Silver City Museum. The parlor has been designed for guests to actually use the vintage and reproduction furniture and games, and experience what a fine home in Silver City would have been like in the 1890s. Parlors were used to express wealth and for entertaining guests.

H.B. Ailman and Family in the Parlor (Collection of the Silver City Museum)

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

Forest Fog by James Hemphill
The theme of Wilderness, showing work by local photographers Michael Berman, James Hemphill and Anthony Howell, complements the Gila Wild exhibition showing at the museum. Each photographer journeys deep into the landscape with a unique focus on the sublime nature of the awe inspiring and complex southwest wilderness.

Mr. Berman has achieved the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts New Mexico – Individual Artist of 2012 and the Guggenheim Fellowship, 2008.

James Hemphill tells us of his time in the Gila, "I was in the burn area of the Gila Wilderness fires and hiked more than 200 miles there. It was a surreal project and the experience will stick with me the rest of my life."

Anthony Howell's large format photographs include early Mimbres rock panels containing numerous anthropomorphic figures and zoomorphic imagery, from a time as long ago as 5,000 B.C.E.

Explore the exhibit for hands-on family fun and learning with our light and color interactive experiences. Exhibition closes November 30, 2014. [ Press Release ]

Gila Wild
The Gila became one of the original areas included in the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964 with the passage of the Wilderness Act - signed into law on September 3, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America's support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. Visitors to the Gila Wild exhibit will explore the passage of these events, the land, the people, places and things that have ventured in and out of our neighboring wilderness areas. The exhibit will also have engaging hands - on discovery stations with activities for children and adults outlining the Leave No Trace principles. The seven principles provide a framework that helps public land visitors understand and practice their own minimum impact ethic, regardless of whether they are on a day hike, or a month - long mountaineering expedition

The exhibit will remain on view through January 4, 2015. Throughout the year, guest speakers, community organizations, and even a mule or two will be providing a schedule of lectures and family fun activities as we celebrate the Gila Wild. A special birth day for Smokey Bear is being planned, too.
[ 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.