Culture Around ENMU


As ENMU’s mission is to provide students with a rich educational experience, they are proud to be home to several world-class, one-of-a-kind venues, including several museums and art galleries.  Open to students as well as the general public, ENMU welcomes you to visit these venues the next time you are on campus.

  • Blackwater Draw Museum

Opened in May of 2017, the Blackwater Draw Museum is now situated in the heart of ENMU’s campus.  For over forty years, the museum has housed artifacts from around the Southwest U.S. and the new location makes it more accessible for students, school groups and families.  From The Blackwater Draw Collections of the Clovis Site, The Miles Anthropological Collection, The Charlie Parks Collection and more, you will discover 13,500 years of pre-history among the over 6,400 artifacts on display.  Highlights include elaborately beaded, child-sized and adult moccasins and armbands as well as murals painted by Shirley East for the original museum.   ​

  • Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark

The Blackwater Draw site was incorporated into the National Register of Historic Places in 1961, and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1982.  The landmark is a 640 acre site that has been an important contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the cultural chronology of North America as early as 13,000 years ago.  Containing a spring-fed Pleistocene Lake, the area has provided outstanding bone preservation and welded implements made from stone, bone and ivory by the region’s first inhabitants. In addition many species of extinct fauna and smaller animal kills have been found in cultural levels.  As a major water source, the site continues to provide archaeologists an extensive glimpse into the area’s pre-historic and historic life.

Please visit ENMU’s website to learn more about this amazing look into the past.  Also if you are interested in studying anthropology, ENMU offers some of the country’s top programs.

As New Mexico’s largest regional comprehensive university, ENMU offers students more than 90 undergraduate, graduate and certificate options. With affordable tuition, evening classes as well as select online courses, ENMU offers an education that fits your lifestyle and puts your career goals within reach. Visit the ENMU website to learn more about Eastern New Mexico University.


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