Robert H. Goddard Collection

Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945) was a pioneering rocket scientist. Originally from Massachusetts, Goddard relocated to Roswell, New Mexico with the assistance of Charles Lindbergh and Harry Guggenheim. One of the first scientists to actively experiment with liquid-fuel propulsion, Goddard constructed and launched a series of rockets in Roswell with the help of his research team.

The Goddard collection at the Roswell Museum and Art Center includes scientific equipment and rocket parts used during his research, a replica workshop containing his original machinery, and a launch tower. A complete set of his notes compiled by his widow, Esther Goddard (1901-1982), is available in the Museum’s research library and archives, along with historical photographs.

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RMAC PastPerfect Online Database
This website presents a searchable database of over 1,000 objects from the RMAC Permanent Collection. Launched at the end of 2011, further records will be added over time.

Celebrating New Mexico Statehood
This website provides access to cultural heritage materials from twelve New Mexico institutions including the Roswell Museum and Art Center. This project is hosted by UNM Libraries and is funded by UNM’s Center for Regional Studies.

Contact Information

Curator of Collection and Exhibitions

Sara Woodbury
575-624-6744 x 15


Nicholas Frederick
575-624-6744 x 13