Visitors to the Farmington Museum can explore the region’s history through the Museum’s wide range exhibits and classes. Farmington Museum presents the Natural and Geological, Settler and Native, Cultural and Commercial histories of the San Juan River Basin. Two permanent exhibits displayed at the Farmington Museum include “From Dinosaurs to Drill Bits” and the “Three Waters Trading Post”. Temporary exhibits are also on display. Art and its importance to human culture are also featured through exhibits and classes. The Farmington Museum is just one of three museums operated by the Farmington Museum System.
One of the Farmington Museum’s permanent exhibits is the “Three
Waters Trading Post.” The post’s name reflects the fact that three rivers, the
San Juan, the Animas, and the La Plata, run through the region. Well watered,
the San Juan Basin has long been home to Native Americans and later provided
early American settlers a thriving agricultural industry. The “Three Waters
Trading Post” exhibit relates the significance of trading posts to the lives of
both the region’s native and settler peoples.
Another of the Farmington
Museum’s permanent exhibits titled “From Dinosaurs to Drill Bits” explores the
Oil and Gas Industry. The Industry figures heavily in The San Juan Basin’s recent
history. “From Dinosaurs to Drill Bits explores the creation of both researches
and the industries that developed these researches. From the post-World War
boom to modern advancements in technology that aid in improved extraction and use,
the exhibit presents Natural and Industrial history.
exhibits are also displayed at the museum. A temporary exhibit “Lost Egypt” began
in September of 2014 and will continue until at least April 25, 2015. The
exhibit explored the ancient Egyptian culture by examining real mummies and
Egyptian hieroglyphs. “Gateway to Imagination”, a National Juried Art Show will
be hosted by the Museum from May 9 to July 11, 2015.
also offers classes on a wide range of topics for children. Most classes are 90
minutes long and are designed for children up to eighth grade. One class,
titled “Rockin’ Geology”, explores the Natural/ Geologic history by examining the
science of volcanoes. Another class, “What’s The Matter?” explores the science
of matter. “Frontier Days” examines the lives of the regions early American
settlers. In order to participate in a class, please call the Museum at (505)
599-1169 to schedule. Guided tours are
also available. To schedule a tour, please contact the Museum at (505) 599-1169.