Historic Downtown - home to art galleries, bars, restaurants, Town Hall, quaint homes, the city library, Western New Mexico University, the Silver City Museum and more - is at the heart of Silver City. Take US Highway 180 or Highway 90 into Silver City, and meet us downtown!
The Silver City Museum inspires people to explore the diverse history and culture of southwestern New Mexico. The museum opened in 1967 as a department of the Town of Silver City. It offers exhibitions, and public programs for all ages, community-wide events, publications and a gift store offering regional crafts, local history books and southern New Mexico souvenir items, and it cares for a vast collection of historical objects.
Founded in the Territory of New Mexico on February 11, 1893 as the New Mexico Normal School, the school began to offer classes on September 3, 1894, in a rented Presbyterian church. On June 2, 1893, the nascent board of regents accepted 20 acres (81,000 m2) of Town of Silver City land situated on a hillside overlooking the town donated by Regent, and Mayor Town of Silver City, Colonel John W. Fleming. In November 1896, the school's first permanent building, Old Main, was dedicated, and within twenty years enrollment had reached nearly 500 students
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is a U.S. National Monument created to protect Mogollon cliff dwellings in the Gila Wilderness on the headwaters of the Gila River in southwest New Mexico.
Gila Wilderness was designated the world's first wilderness area on June 3, 1924. Along with Aldo Leopold Wilderness and Blue Range Wilderness, the 558,014 acres wilderness is part of New Mexico's Gila National Forest. The wilderness is approximately 27 miles from north to south and 39 miles east to west.