Herzstein Memorial Museum
22 South 2nd St
Hours of Operation -
Open 5 days a week: Tuesday through Saturday
Summer Hours (May through August) 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Winter Hours (September through April) 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where History Comes to Life...
Welcome to the Best Museum in a Five-State Area
From dinosaurs to Outlaws and even confirmed ghosts!
The Herzstein Memorial Museum’s gleaming hardwood floors and colorful stained glass windows serve as a lovely setting for the display of antiques and artifacts which have been given or loaned by the many people interested in preserving the history and heritage of Union County. Furnishings from a doctor’s office of the 1930’s, an eye doctor’s equipment, a model railroad with downtown Clayton as the background, vintage clothing and hats, Native American artifacts, toys and furniture are among the many items to be seen in the museum. Other displays feature the Santa Fe Trail, dinosaurs, family memorabilia and many other interesting themes.
One room is furnished with items given by the Herzstein family, including Navajo rugs, household items, art objects, and an old-fashioned tobacco cutter and cheese cutter, from the Herzstein store in Nara Visa. Other items given by the late Albert Herzstein have recently arrived and will be displayed throughout the museum.
Another special collection is the array of figurines, vases, paintings and memorabilia given by the late Franz Dyche, who, when searching for a home for his treasures from around the world, remembered his happy boyhood in Clayton.
Numerous early day photographs, family histories and documents are on display for the visitors’ perusal. The museum staff continually works to compile archives for those seeking information on their relatives and ancestors. Museum docents volunteer their time to keep the museum open weekends and a summer curator is hired through a yearly grant from the Clayton Lodger’s Tax.
The museum is on the State Register of Historic Places. There is no admission charge to the museum or for the monthly Historical Society programs, but donations are always welcome.
Exhibits include items given to the museum by the Herzstein family, memorabilia from local families, historic room settings and local history (including the capture and hanging of the notorious murderer and train-robber Black Jack Ketchum), and an exhibit on the 1930s’ Dust Bowl and its effect on Northeastern New Mexico.
Our Museum Ghost
The Museum ghost is an Older "Sassy" Woman.
Professional ghost hunters confirmed the museum's ghost in August 2015.