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Maxwell Museum Day Trip Fundraiser



Join the Friends for a Day Trip Fundraiser!

On March 24, 2017, we will travel to Albuquerque to visit the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, stop for lunch at the Church Street Cafe and then go shopping in Old Town! We will have a docent led tour of the Peoples of the Southwest exhibit, and then be taken “behind the scenes” to tour the museum’s collections by two of the Maxwell Museum’s collections managers. The trip is open to both museum members and non-members.

100% of the funds raised by this event will be donated to the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.


The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology was founded in 1932 by Edgar Lee Hewitt as the Museum of Anthropology of the University of New Mexico. Its mission was to house and display archeological artifacts gathered by the UNM Anthropology Department, the School of American Research, and the Museum of New Mexico. Renamed the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology in 1972 to honor local philanthropists Dorothy and Gilbert Maxwell, the museum currently has over a million objects in its collections. With the primary emphasis being the American Southwest, the collections cover a period of 2.5 million years. The People of the Southwest exhibit includes a reconstruction of an archeological site as well as samples of prehistoric Mimbres, Cibola, Casas Grandes, and Rio Grande objects. Large collections excavated at Chaco Canyon in the 1930’s-40’s are also housed at the Maxwell. The Maxwell is additionally recognized for its extensive collection of Navajo rugs and other early Native American textiles.

Church Street Cafe

Church Street Cafe, located in the heart of Albuquerque’s Old Town, is housed in the oldest residence in Albuquerque and is one of the oldest structures in New Mexico. Built by the Ruiz family in 1709, it remained in the family for over 200 years, until 1991, and is said to be haunted by the curandera Sara Ruiz. Now serving classic Northern New Mexico cuisine, the restaurant is famous for its classic Norteno recipes which go back four generations.


Date: Friday, March 24, 2017

Time: Meet at the Wheelwright Museum to carpool at 8:15 am; if driving from home, museum tour starts at 10 a.m. and concludes at 12 noon.

Cost: $50. Price is for the Maxwell Museum tour only. Lunch and shopping are optional and not included in price. Your payment counts as registration. Please register by March 20, 2017.


Participants: Limited to 30 people.

For those who are driving themselves, visit the Maxwell Museum’s Visit Us page on their website for detailed directions.
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Questions? Contact Christine Seiken at seikenchristine@gmail.com.


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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
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