The Blackwater Draw Museum

1500 South Ave K

The importance of Blackwater Draw was first recognized in 1929 by Ridgely Whiteman of Clovis, New Mexico. The Blackwater Locality No. 1 Site (located within Blackwater Draw near Portales, New Mexico) is one of the most well known and significant sites in North American archaeology. Early investigations at Blackwater Draw recovered evidence of a human occupation in association with Late Pleistocene fauna, including Columbian mammoth, camel, horse, bison, sabertooth cat and dire wolf.

Since its discovery, the Blackwater Locality No. 1 Site has been a focal point for scientific investigations by academic institutions and organizations from across the nation. The Carnegie Institute, Smithsonian Institution, Academy of Natural Sciences, National Science Foundation, United States National Museum, National Geographic Society and more than a dozen major universities either have funded or participated in research at Blackwater Draw.


Betsy Kiplinger

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Small museum. We were the only patrons when we visited. Many small exhibits and most interactive. More could be on the Black Water Draw. But, they had apparently moved the museum fairly recently. Also, there were many exhibits under development. The, I believe, museum director whose office is there was enthusiastic to answer questions, and she was very knowledgeable and helpful. Signage within the building that directs one to the museum could be more obvious and at all entrances. We failed to make the first turn and wandered a bit before finding the museum.

Peter USA

Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017
The Museum is kind of old and simple, however you must take into consideration that in an archaeological field, Clovis is considered as the birthplace of ancient humanity with artifacts that date as much as 12.000 years back. It is one of Americas most important archaeological sites due to the historic importance.

Gus Garcia

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Even though this is a small museum it has some very good displays. Well worth visiting.

Shirley Green

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
Archeological fossils, facts, and displays. Sloth skull as big as a modern day bear's skull, Mammoth and mastadon molars bigger than a softball, and more.


Saturday, July 29, 2017
An enjoyable place to visit. This museum covers the history and science of the Blackwater Draw site and how its discovery literally rewrote the story of North America. It is one large gallery room that manages to cover a lot of very complicated information. The fee is small, so why not pay a few dollars and take in the exhibits. There were still some exhibits under constuction when i visited, but the bulk are well done and complete. One thing that stood out here is new research is featured in some of the text. I appreciated this and was pleased to see the Museum "showing their work" when it comes to updating old field research. The fee covers a visit to the actual site, but i did not have to time to go.