Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History

The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History (MBM; formerly known as the UNLV Museum of Natural History) is a museum located on the main campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), established in 1967. The museum was originally instituted as a natural history museum with a focus on the natural history and environment of Nevada and the broader Southwestern United States. Beginning in 1979 the museum's anthropological collections were greatly expanded, with the subsequent additions of donated collections of ethnographic and archaeological artifacts representing Native American and pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures.

The cultural exhibits cover over two thousand years of Native American and earlier cultures, including the Mesoamerica period.

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Exhibitions and events

Cultural Connections

Permanent exhibition

This exhibition juxtaposes objects from different cultures into four thematic areas that explore connections of cultures, forms and ideas. Each section explores specific ways that objects connect...

Dancing Faces: The many faces of Mexican dance

Permanent exhibition

In Mexico, beings of all types are represented in masks including humans, both male and female, animals and supernaturals. Some masks combine elements and serve as reminders of ancient gods from the...

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