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)
Built to Change:
The Evolving Story of the Historic Ailman House
Built to Change, located in the historic Ailman House, share a little of the long history of this beautiful house and its occupants. Past occupants include the Ailman family, the Hobart family, and later a boarding house for many new arrivals, City Hall, and for a time, the Silver City fire station. Also in this exhibit, the museum shares more information on architectural features of the home. There is a wonderful large-scale model of the house on display along with original Ailman family artifacts and other objects of the time period from the museum's collection.
Temporary Exhibits - temporary closure of exhibit space.
On August 22 a storm produced a large amount of rain and wind that contributed to overwhelming the one gutter outlet on the east side of the roof that covers the back gallery of the modern addition to the museum. Water pooled on the flat roof and drained through one of the air condition system's rooftop duct couplings and into the interior gallery space. The historic H.B. Ailman House was not affected by this storm. Staff and volunteers worked through the night to take down the "Open Drawers" exhibit and move all of the items to the safety of the collections wing. Of the over 75 dresses on exhibit, only 5 received minor water damage and will be scheduled for conservation. Staff is working extra hours while contractors specialized in handling water leaks work to return the gallery to pre-incident condition. Estimates call for the back gallery to be closed for at least one month, which will delay the planned October 10th opening of the new Southwest New Mexico Women's exhibit and may delay the opening of another exhibit celebrating the Grant County Copper CowBelles and stories of ranching families in the region. New opening dates will be announced in the future.
The Silver City Museum's exhibit entitled, The Flood Season: How Silver City's Main Street Became the Big Ditch
features historic photographs and eyewitness newspaper accounts from the many floods that destroyed downtown Main Street in the late 19th and early 20th century.
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.