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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)
Temporary Exhibits
Open Drawers, Fashion Plates, and Late Night Dates
Through a generous donation from Elizabeth Wheaton-Smith, our museum is in possession of an extraordinary collection of fine clothing from the turn of the century. In studying the collection we can learn about the lives of the Wheaton-Smiths, a prominent family in our area. The family, originally from England, migrated here in the late 1800's. With beginnings in mining and entrepreneurship, they settled here and remained a part of our community through several generations. On a larger scale, these garments also tell of the monumental upheavals in culture and economy taking place at that time in southwestern New Mexico. Rapid advances in technology and transportation, the mass migration of European Americans, and the unbound riches of prospecting are the definitive forces that shaped the times. The dresses contained within our collection tell of homes left behind, longing, mechanization, and a changing society. Take a peek into the past within the elegant folds of these unique items, many of which are on exhibition for the very first time. [ Press Release ]
Crossroads of Empire: Early Printed Maps of the American Southwest
July 15 to August 16, 2015
The exhibition explores the idea that historical maps provide an opportunity to discover how land has been seen throughout time. The Southwest remained a land of mystery long after the rest of the continental United States had been surveyed and recorded on maps. This exhibition details the fascinating story of the discovery, exploration and settlement of the area. Crossroads of Empire spans the mapmaking enterprise from 1512 to 1873. The exhibition examines the romance of maps, the legacy of mapmaking and the profound influence of early mapmakers on our world today. Captions and text are in English and Spanish. A traveling exhibition organized by the Amon Carter Museum and the University of Texas at Arlington Library - open from July 15 to August 16, 2015.
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October 3:
Celebrating the Women of Southwest New Mexico
Stories from the past of the Mimbres people, Chihenne N'de/Apache, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo women as told by five New Mexico women writers and historians of today.
November 14:
Ranching - It's about Family
In cooperation with the Grant County Copper CowBells, family stories and ranching traditions that come together for a spell within Historic Ailman House.

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.