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Miles Mineral Museum
1500 S. Ave K Portales, NM 88130

The Miles Mineral Museum is located in Roosevelt Hall, Room 103, adjacent to the Natural History Museum. Admission is free. The collection was displayed in a back room of Fred's Texaco service station on Second Street in Roswell. If you mentioned any interest in minerals or rocks, Fred would proudly show off his collection, which also included Native American artifacts. In August of 1966, Fred Miles and Eastern New Mexico University entered into an agreement to purchase the collection, which included approximately 2,500 geological, archaeological and anthropological specimens. On Feb. 23, 1969, the Miles Museum was opened on the ENMU campus. The museum was originally housed in a space adjacent to Lea Hall. In 1984 the geological specimens were moved to museum space on the second floor of Roosevelt Hall and the Miles Mineral Museum was opened. The collection remained there until the summer of 1995 when renovation of Roosevelt Hall began. During the summer of 1997 the collection was placed on display in the present space. Most of the specimens on display today are from the original Miles Collection. Additional specimens have been obtained through donations and purchases. Hours Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday by appointment For more information, contact Dr. Jim Constantopoulos, director and curator, at 575.562.2651.