When you visit Roswell, New Mexico you are blindsided by all the activities which are a result of their past when a spaceship actually crashed here and aliens were captured for research. Believe it or not (I am a believer).That theme has taken over the entire town for decades. But to a traveler who is in search of more to do than find out if the Truth is out there! It should be mentioned there were other things to enjoy while vacationing in this city.
Your immediate reaction to a statement that there is culture as well as outer space to explore should be taken seriously. We managed to fit in three of those places and that was just the tip of the iceberg since there are countless museums, art galleries, a planetarium and many other sightseeing locations.
We visited the Roswell Museum and Art Center. Although the art collections here are also of note, the interest for me was the historical artifacts of the American Southwest. This small museum has a wonderful collection of artifacts from the three prominent cultural influences on New Mexico. This state is lucky to have a very rich heritage. They have a substantial old west past and the museum highlights the cowboy culture and the pioneer spirit that went along with that.
The Spanish had a great influence over the state and much of their culture and food was affected by this period of time when Conquistadors were here. The other Spanish influence was much closer in the Mexican culture where many families originated from in the early times.
The last group to add so much richness to this culture were the Native American Indians. Several tribes made their home in this area and each one made a contribution to art and the enrichment of our lives. The beauty of the resulting people and area is well established as the Land of Enchantment. Everywhere you look there is an obvious love of beauty and a pride in their rich heritage.
The day we were there an art show of chalked offerings on the entire sidewalk around the museum made it clear, there were lots of budding artists and the culture would continue to be enriched as these youngsters advance in their endeavors.
My only complaint with this facility was some of the artwork was badly lit so viewing it was a problem.
Located on 100 West 11th Street right across from the Visitors Center. The admission is free and they do appreciate donations. Double check them for hours.
Our next stop was the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art which is located at 409 E. college Blvd. They also have free admission but, donations are accepted. Check their hours as sometimes things change and it can upset your plans, especially if you are closely following a schedule. This museum has a very unique Residency Program for Artists. Any artist chosen for this program is given a place to live for one year for free and a studio in which to work. They also receive a stipend and at the end of the year, their work was bought by the museum. I am including many photos of the displays and artwork, all of which are photographed by Dan Wentzel. Unfortunately, time limited any information to be added to this photo blog.
Our last stop was a historical house. Built in 1912, it belonged to a cattle baron named J.P. White. It was originally furnished with some reproductions added. There were a few rooms not opened to the public while being renovated. A nice addition with a really interesting board of people who were born in or connected to Roswell in one way or another. Also free but donations welcomed. This home is located at 200 N. Lea St. and is just one of dozens listed on their map.
So take a break from green and gray aliens and see more of what Roswell has to offer. Culture abounds in this great destination.