Tapping a vast collection of sublime Southwestern artifacts and archival photos, the Maxwell's superb shows encompass three fascinating fields: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Evolutionary Anthropology. As the first public museum in Albuquerque (established in 1932), its influence has grown over the years, but its compact space ensures that they scale their exhibits to the essentials. A viewer—whether of a permanent exhibit on peoples of the Southwest, or a shorter
term one ("Curanderismo" and "Navajo Weavers in a Changing World" were featured in the mid-2010s)—will be intrigued and informed, but not overwhelmed. Of special note is their rare and substantial collection of Mimbres pottery from AD 800–1000. Parking permits for adjacent UNM lots are available inside the museum.