Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village let visitors experience pioneer life in the American West. Aztec’s history of human habitation goes back a thousand years, when Native Americans settled along the Animas River. The remains of buildings they constructed   have become Aztec Ruins National Monument.  

After the ancient Puebloan people migrated south in the 1300’s, Ute and Navajo Native Americans camped along the Animas River banks. 

U.S. treaty agreements in the late 1800s with the Ute and Navajo people opened the area for settlement, allowing new settlers of mostly European descent to establish homesteads. Indian reservation boundaries were drawn, restricting the Ute people to land in Colorado, and the eastern Navajo people to land south of the San Juan River. 

The City of Aztec was founded in September of 1887, to provide commercial services for the new Hispanic and Anglo settlers. As one story goes, the earliest Hispanic and Anglo settlers thought the buildings left behind by the Puebloan people could have been part of the Aztec civilization of Mexico, so the city was named Aztec.

Pioneer Village gives visitors the opportunity to revisit a community of the early American West. Children will enjoy climbing aboard the caboose or going in a one-room schoolhouse, just two of the many Pioneer Village buildings and exhibits at the museum. 

Visit Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village to learn about modern Aztec’s early days. Take a trip to Aztec Ruins National Monument to learn about Aztec's original settlers. Visit the Aztec Cemetery to find where the city’s founding families are buried.
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R. Shane Chance, 1000 West Aztec Blvd, Aztec NM 87410. Mr. Chance also serves on the San Juan College Board of Trustees.

Museum Hours   Membership

Summer Hours
May 4 - November 1, 2019
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Winter Hours
November 2, 2019 - May 3, 2020
Wednesday - Saturday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The museum is closed for National Holidays

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Admissions   Museum Staff
Adults: $5, Students K-12: $3, Under 5: Free
Aztec Museum Association Members: Free

Group tours are available by contacting the museum through email.

Due to the amount of time it takes to conduct a self-guided tour of the entire facilities, tours will not begin after the last one/half hour of the business day before closing time.

  Natalie Toler - Manager
Jim Macaw - Repair and Maintenance
Nancy Dominquez - Cleaning and Display Maintenance
Board of Directors      
John Austin
Jacob Chavez
Bryan Hegarty
Larry Holland
Michelle Lindsay
Dana Reed
Sarah Rubow
Jack Scott
Angela Watkins


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