Established in 1931, the Carlsbad Museum & Art Center is the oldest municipal museum in New Mexico. Touting exceptional permanent exhibits focusing on local and regional history, Native American art and artifacts, modern, contemporary and Western art, the CMAC has been called Carlsbad’s “jewel.” In a visit to the CMAC, you will: •Marvel at the amazing collection of Native American ceramics, from early Mogollon Anasazi and Mesa Verde vessels to historic period pueblo pottery. Browse extensive displays of Native American projectile points, textiles and other artifacts plus the outstanding Heinemann Collection of Peruvian Antiquities. •View our exceptional art collection, rich in the work of early 20th century New Mexican artists, including the McAdoo Collection of “Taos Ten” paintings plus works by Gustave Baumann, Emil Bisttram, Peter Hurd, Roderick Mead, Georges Rouault and many others. •Learn about the local members of the New Mexico National Guard called to active service in the Philippines in World War II, captured by the Japanese in 1942 and forced to endure the Bataan Death March. Discover the role of local photographers in establishing Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Find out about small town life and life on the range in an enchanting desert riddled with underground wonders. •Encounter a surprising array of temporary exhibitions ranging from works by local artists to 3D photography of local cave explorations to cultural exhibits produced by the Smithsonian Institution.