Have you ever heard of the phrase, “small but mighty”? Well, this phrase definitely applies to the Zuhl Museum located on the NM State University University in Las Cruces, NM. The museum isn’t a large place, but the extensive collection certainly packs a punch. It is full of interesting, beautiful artifacts. The museum is currently undergoing an expansion to be completed in September, 2017. The museum will be closing August 14, 2017, and reopen on October 2, 2017, so factor these dates into your visit!
If you are an art gallery buff or interested in natural history, this place is for you. Even if you’re not into either, you can enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of the 1800+ specimens located here. The museum is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except for their holiday schedule) and every second Saturday of the month from 12-5 p.m. and the price is right…it’s FREE!
In the year 2000, Herb and Joan Zuhl allowed their collection to be displayed at the NM State University and in 2004, the museum became a reality. Herb Zuhl is considered the “Father” of the petrified wood cutting and polishing industry and the museum’s furniture displays reflect the natural beauty of the polished petrified wood. (If you’re interested in purchasing petrified wood furniture, I found this website during my research, Russell-Zuhl Petrified Wood.) Last, but not least, the museum boasts a beautiful fossil and mineral collection as well.
So if you’re near Las Cruces, or this blogpost has piqued your interest, go visit the Zuhl Museum, the price is right!
For more of my New Mexico adventures, read about Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, Frontier Restaurant , Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, Chili Line Depot, Orlando’s New Mexican Cafe, and Habaneros Fresh Mexican Food.
Until we meet again…