At the Museum
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Centennial Museum — University at Wiggins, UTEP. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 747-6667 or museum.utep.edu.
Showing through April 13: “Rations, Rights and Rivets: Experiencing World War II in El Paso,” featuring historic pieces such as newspaper clippings, photographs, ration books and transcribed oral histories about life on the border during the war. The war impacted UTEP in various ways, with more women enrolled as students and the research efforts to help the war effort.
Showing through April 27: “Where The World met the Border: El Paso’s First Ward.” The story of El Paso’s first neighborhood: a fronterizo commercial center where immigrants from all over the world made their homes, where newcomers intermarried into powerful families and where working-class people built railroads and industries.
Permanent exhibits on the third floor focus on the history of the Chihuahuan Desert. The Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on the museum grounds have more than 800 species of plants native to the region.
The Lhakhang Cultural Exhibit is open to the public for viewing 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday, and 1 to 4:30 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. A museum representative will be on hand to answer questions.
El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center — 715 N. Oregon. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
The museum depicts Jewish life in Europe before World War II, Hitler’s rise to power, the expulsion of Jews into ghettoes, life in concentration camps, prisoner resistance to the Nazis and liberation of the camps. Also featured is a local survivors exhibit. Docents available for guided tours.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology — 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54). Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tours are 10:30 to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays, Mondays and city holidays. Admission is free. Information: 755-4332, archaeology.elpasotexas.gov, or on Facebook at EPMArch.
Jeremy Loven, a project director with PaleoWest Archaeology, will talk on “The Middle Archaic Period in the San Juan Basin” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, as part of the museum’s lecture series.
The 13th annual Poppies Festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, with art vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, archery, hands-on activities, exhibits and more. Free parking at EPCC Transmountain Campus (Diana Exit & US 54), with free shuttle to and from event; no parking at the Archaeology Museum or Border Patrol Museum.
Showing through April 20: “Astronomy and the Mesoamerican Cosmos,” a look at the cosmos, constellations and mythology from a Mesoamerican perspective. The multi-media exhibit features the work and research of Fernando Arturo Rodriguez, artist and student of Mesoamerican Cosmology.
Showing through June 1: “The Salado Enigma: The Melding of Southwest Cultures.” The multi-media exhibit explores the Salado people, their possible origins, lifeways, and disappearance from the Salt and Gila River Basins in the Western New Mexico and Eastern Arizona highlands.
El Paso Archaeological Society’s monthly meeting is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Gerry Veara will share multiple topics relating to the Battle of Hembrillo Basin. Admission is free; the public is invited. Seating is limited.
El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. For exhibit information, see “Southwest Art Scene.”
El Paso Museum of History — 510 N. Santa Fe. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (open until 9 p.m. Thursdays), and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays and city holidays. Museum admission is free. Information: 212-0320, elpasotexas.gov/history or on Facebook.
Showing through Sept. 22: “From Fire and Earth,” pottery traditions of the Casas Grande Medio Period, featuring ceramics from the permanent collections of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, El Paso Museum of Art and private collections. The exhibit shows the artistic expressions of the Casas Grandes people, who would produce some of the finest pottery of the Pre-Columbian world.
Sunset Yoga for all ages and skill levels is 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 and April 4. Beginners welcome. Participation is free; sign up at freetheyoga.com/elpaso.
The museum’s DIGIE (Digital Information Gateway in El Paso) is a first-in-the-nation interactive digital wall that examines El Paso’s people and cultures on giant 3-D touch-sensitive TV screens. Guests can upload photos at digie.org. The wall is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Los Portales Museum and Visitor Center — 1521 San Elizario Road. The museum is operated by the San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society, and is housed in an 1850s Territorial-style building across from the San Elizario church. It offers gifts, family trees, historical artifacts as well as information on the “First Thanksgiving” and the Salt War of 1877. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 851-1682.
Magoffin Home State Historic Site — 1120 Magoffin. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visitors can begin their tour at the Visitor Center across the street (1117 Magoffin, a restored 1901 home); closed Sunday. Tours on the hour; last tour at 4 p.m. Spanish language tours offered Thursday through Saturday; call for availability. Cost: $7 ($6 seniors 65 and older; $4 ages 6-18; free ages 5 and younger). Family and group rates available. Admission is free to Visitor Center. Information: 533-5147, visitmagoffinhome.com or Facebook.
• Chile Sauce and Chile Con Carne Cooking Class is 10 a.m.(family-friendly) and 1 p.m. (for adults), Saturday, March 2. $5. Call to reserve a spot; tools and ingredients provided.
• Yoga is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9 and 23. Free.
• A free Braintrust Bag Lunch mini-lecture is noon Wednesday, March 13. Joanne from the Railroad Museum will discuss “Railroad History of El Paso.”
• Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, to discuss “Herland” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1915. Tea and pastries provided.
• “Make-a-Thing” arts and crafts are 10 a.m. the third Thursday of each month (March 21). This month’s project is Fan Making. Cost: $10
A STEAM Class Make-a-Thing Kids Edition: “The Science of Slime” is 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 22, during Spring Break. Cost: $10.
The 1875 Magoffin Home is a prime example of Territorial style architecture. The Historic Site explores the stories of a multicultural family who actively participated in U.S. expansion and settlement, military service, trade on the Santa Fe–Chihuahua Trail, Civil War turmoil and U.S./Mexico relations.
National Border Patrol Museum and Memorial Library — 4315 Transmountain Drive. The museum, in Northeast El Paso just west of U.S. 54, features the history of the Border Patrol with uniforms, equipment, photographs, guns, motor vehicles, airplanes, boats and other items, including hands-on exhibits for kids. The Border Patrol was founded in 1924 in El Paso. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and major holidays. Admission is free. Information: 759-6060 or borderpatrolmuseum.com.
Rafael García’s Boxing Museum — The boxing museum named for “The Legend” Rafael García is now open at 6519 N. Mesa. The museum shows his achievements, as well as those of boxing and Lucha Libre’s greats, along with art and other exhibits. Information, hours: 346-5085.
Having worked with the greatest legendary fighters such as Roberto Durán, Alexis Arguello, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and more than a dozen other champions, García is considered the best cut-man in the history of the sport of boxing.
San Elizario Veterans Museum and Memorial Walk — 1501-B Main Street in San Elizario. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: Ann Lara, 345-3741 or Ray Borrego, 383-8529.
Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe, offering a glimpse of five centuries of Pueblo history and tradition. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s activities daily. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
U.S. Army Heritage Center of the NCO — Building 11331, Staff Sergeant Simms St., Biggs Army Airfield. Equipment and uniforms used by sergeants and other NCO’s through the years are displayed. Admission: free. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 744-8646.
War Eagles Air Museum — 8012 Airport Road, Doña Ana County Airport, Santa Teresa. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission: $5; $4 senior citizens and military; free for children under 12. Information: (575) 589-2000 or war-eagles-air-museum.com.
The warbirds of World War II and Korea, and other historic military aircraft, are displayed in a 54,000-square-foot building and surrounding area. The collection of more than 30 aircraft and 40 automobiles includes the P-51 Mustang, P-38 Lightning, A-26 Invader and the German Fieseler-Storch. Among later aircraft are the F-86 Sabre and MiG-15s.
To get there: Take the Artcraft exit off Interstate 10, head west past the Rio Grande to Santa Teresa and follow signs to the airport and museum.
Las Cruces area
Branigan Cultural Center — Branigan Building, 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las Cruces. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Friday Ramble. Information: (575) 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
Showing through March 23:
• “Waiting of Rain,” installations by Brenda Perry-Herrera investigating ecological and social- political themes centered on the Rio Grande from Las Cruces to El Paso.
• “From the Vault: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” showcasing rarely seen works of art. The exhibit features several regional as well as international artists, including Harrison Begay and Jose Luis Cuevas.
Geography Club meets 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays to learn about the U.S. through arts and crafts. March will focus on Aztec Ruins National Monument.
Explore New Mexico trips for grades 6-8 depart at 8 a.m. every other Saturday. Registration is free, but deadline for participants is the Wednesday before departure; space is limited.
History Notes Lecture Series is 1 p.m. Thursday, March 14, with “The History of Mesilla” by David Thomas.
Proposals for exhibits with themes of cultural and historical significance relating to the Southwest to be presented in 2020 are being accepted through April 7. Applications, information: surveymonkey.com/r/LCMS2020.
LC Museums Spring Break Camps — Las Cruces Museums host Spring Break Camp, “Mystifying Museum” 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, March 25-29, for students in grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Students will “protect their family fortune” through teamwork, creativity and invention at all four museums. Registration: $25 per student (deadline is 4 p.m. March 20).. Information: (575) 522-3120. Registration: las-cruces.org/museums.
A free screening of “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” and camp preview is noon Saturday, March 2, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main.
Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science — 411 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Friday Ramble. Information: (575) 522-3120, las-cruces.org/museums or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
Night Creatures museum tours are 4:30 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month as part of the Downtown Ramble.
Animal Encounters are 10:30 a.m. Saturdays.
Pre-K Programs for ages 3-5 offered at 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays
Science Cafe round table discussions are 5:30 p.m. the last Thursday of the month (March 28). Use Water Street entrance after 5 p.m.
Teen Science Cafe is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21. Topic is NASA Technology.
The free Saturday Family Science program, “Making Trackways,” is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, to learn about the footprints of ancient animals.
STEAMpunk lecture is 11:30 Saturday, March 16 on Ynes Enriquetta Mexia (botany).
New Mexico State Climatologist Dave DuBois will discuss “Air Quality in the U.S.” 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, as part of the Active Galaxy Lecture Series.
Las Cruces Railroad Museum — The museum is in the Santa Fe train depot, 351 N. Mesilla (at Las Cruces avenue west of the Downtown Mall). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Friday Ramble. Admission is free; donations encouraged. Information: (575) 528-3444, las-cruces.org/museums or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter presents “Toy Trains, Model Trains, Miniature Trains” exhibit through March 2.
Adults coloring group meets 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 8 and 22.
Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 9 and April 13.
Mrs. Prickett and her puppets story and activity for preschool children is 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14.
Brown Bag Lectures series is noon, Tuesday, March 12. Machelle Wood presents “El Paso’s Magoffin House: Hospitality in El Paso’s Frontier Era”
Rail Readers Book Club meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, to discuss Part 2 of “Appetite for America.”
NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum — 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces. The 47-acre museum chronicles the 3,000-year history of agriculture and rural life in New Mexico. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 for adults, $4 seniors 60 and older; $3 children age 4-17; free for museum members, veterans and children age 3 and under. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
The 20th annual Cowboy Days celebration of Southwest pioneer heritage is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2-3, with cowboy demonstrations, chuckwagon cooking, children's activities, mounted shooting, the 3rd annual CASI Chili Cook-Off, cowboy music, pony rides, gunfight re-enactments, and food and craft vendors. Admission: $5 per person; age 4 and younger free. Mechanical bull and mini-train rides are $3 each, and pony rides are $5.
Peter A. Kopp, an associate professor of History and the director of the Public History Program at NMSU, will share his recent research on “Fabián García. Garcia and the Chile Pepper Connection” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, as part of the museum’s Cultural Series. García, known as the “Father of New Mexico Chile,” made major contributions to agricultural innovation.
Showing through March 9: “Dressed for the Occasion,” featuring women’s clothing from the pioneer days of the 1870s to the Depression Era of the 1930s.
Showing through March 31 in the Arts Corridor: “Around the Farm & Ranch: Watercolors by Penny Thomas Simpson,” with 33 paintings.
Showing through Sept. 13: “Drawn to the Land: Peter Hurd’s New Mexico.” Renowned 20th-century artist Peter Hurd (1904-1984) was known for his realistic portraits and luminous southwestern landscapes.
Showing through Dec. 2 in the North Corridor: “Grist for the Mill.”
Pre-registration required for workshops at (575) 522-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org:
• Weaving Workshop is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, and Friday, March 29, for ages 14 and older. Students learn how to warp their looms and create different patterns throughout their piece. First-time weavers welcome. Class fee: $60, bring a sack lunch.
• Felting Workshop is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Participants create a piece of felted artwork out of wool. All materials provided and artwork can be made into a wall hanging or table placemat. Cost: $10.
Craft for Kids are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays; free with museum admission.
• March 9: Make a sheep to take home
• March 16: Rainbow in a pot of gold
• March 23: Paper flowers
• March 30: Eggshell planter, while supplies last.
Storytime and craft is 3 to 4 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (March 19) for ages 3 to 6.
Discovery Afternoon programs for students and their parents or chaperones 2:30 to 4 p.m. selected Wednesdays. Fee: $3 per child, plus $3 parent, space is limited. Reservations: LuAnn Kilday, (575) 522-4100.
• March 13 for Elementary level students, grades 1-5.
• March 20 for Middle School level students, grades 6-8.
The museum also features domestic animals on site, including cattle, burros and occasionally horses. Milking demonstrations are at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Blacksmith shop open Tuesday through Sunday. Sewing and weaving demonstrations are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays.
Pony rides for children offered 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, near the Horse and Cattle Barn. Tickets: $5 per ride (available in the lobby or near the barn).
Cart rides to see livestock also offered (call for schedule).
Walking tours of the South 20 are 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Gallery talks are 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the Main Gallery.
NMSU Art Gallery — D.W. Williams Art Center, 1390 E. University Ave, NMSU. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Designated gallery parking free on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays. Information: (575) 646-2545, uag.nmsu.edu.
Showing March 14-April 6: 2019 Juried Student Exhibition, with jurors Julie Alpert. Opening reception and awards ceremony is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14.
Feminist Border Arts Festival Video Art Screening is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 8, for International Women’s Day, in the gallery and Williams Hall Annex, Room 107.
Recycled Fashion Show is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, featuring clothing, textiles and fashion merchandising.
NMSU Museum — Kent Hall, University at Solano, Las Cruces. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free. Information: (575) 646-5161 or nmsu.edu/museum/.
Showing through Spring 2019 is ”Live Long & Prosper: Sci-Fi Images in Contemporary Indigenous Art,” with more than 40 works of art by contemporary indigenous artists including Debra Yepa-Pappan, Will Wilson, Suzanne Kite, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Sarah Sense, Neal Ambrose Smith, Hoka Skenadore, Nicholas Galanin, Andy Everson, Ryan Singer, Jamison Chas Banks, Sonny Assu and Skawennati.
The museum’s permanent exhibit is “Pottery from the Americas,” featuring nearly 600 pottery vessels representing Southwestern and Mesoamerican ceramics.
Paul W. Klipsch Museum — The Paul W. and Valerie Klipsch Museum is in the Foreman Engineering Complex at NMSU, with antique audio equipment owned by Klipsch, speaker designs, and awards he received. Open by appointment: (575) 646-2913. Information: klipschupgrades.com/pwkmuseum.shtml.
Klipsch, a 1926 graduate of NMSU, pioneered audio systems by using scientific principles to develop a corner horn speaker that sounded more lifelike than any of its predecessors. Exhibits include historical photos of Klipsch, many of his working papers containing his calculations and research results, and original publications containing articles by or about him.
White Sands Missile Range Museum and Missile Park — Exhibits feature the history of the Trinity Site (site of the first atomic bomb test), the V-2 rocket, ranchers on the range and missile optics. An outdoor Missile Park displays rockets and missiles tested on the range. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed on federal holidays. Free admission.
To get there: take U.S. 54, and after the freeway ends, keep going north on Martin Luther King, which leads directly to the range. Or enter from the north off U.S. 70 east of Las Cruces. Visitors must provide a current license, car registration and proof of insurance. Information: (575) 678-8824 (local call) or wsmr-history.org.
Zuhl Museum — NMSU Alumni Visitors’ Center, 775 College Dr. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. Admission is free. Information: (575) 646-3616 (visitor center), email@example.com or nmsu.edu/zuhl.
The center features a collection of more than 1,800 pieces of petrified wood, fossils and minerals.
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum — 301 S. Silver, Deming, N.M. An actual chuckwagon, gems and minerals, turn-of-the-century fashions, military mementos and Mimbres Indian art are among the exhibits at the museum. Other attractions in the former National Guard Armory include a doll room, transportation annex and quilt room. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. Information: (575) 546-2382, 1-800-848-4955 or lunacountyhistoricalsociety.com.
Geronimo Springs Museum — 211 Main in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Features prehistoric, historic and military exhibits about the area. Admission: $5 ($2.50 students 6 to 18; free for ages 5 and younger). Family rates: $15. Information: (575) 894-6600 or geronimospringsmuseum.com.
Hubbard Museum of the American West — 841 U.S. Hwy 70 West, next to Ruidoso Downs (N.M.) Race Track. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Docent-led tours of permanent exhibits are 10 a.m. Fridays. Admission: $7 ($5 for seniors, military; $2 children 6-16; $1 Ruidoso Downs residents; free for children 5 and younger and museum members). Information: (575) 378-4142, hubbardmuseum.org or on Facebook.
Museum of the Big Bend — Sul Ross State University (Entrance 3), Hwy 90 in Alpine, Texas. Showing through March 24: Selections from the Betty Byerly Retablo Collection. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guided tours available. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: (432) 837-8143, firstname.lastname@example.org or museumofthebigbend.com.
New Mexico Museum of Space History — 3198 SR 2001, Alamogordo. The museum features the International Space Hall of Fame and the Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater and Planetarium.
Space center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $6 ($5 for seniors and military, $4 ages 4-12, children 3 and younger free). Information: (877) 333-6589, (575) 437-2840 or nmspacemuseum.org.
New to the museum is the German Air Force Tornado jet fighter.
The Launch Pad Lecture Series is 9 to 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month. The March 1 lecture is “Unsung Women Heroes of the Space Race” with Museum Curator Sue Taylor. Admission is free; coffee and donuts provided.
Science Saturday events for kids and their parents are 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 9, with planetarium programs and more.
An Into the Vault free behind-the-scenes tour is 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23.
Trinity Site Tour reception is 6 p.m. Friday, April 5, with speaker Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. Cost: $30 ($35 museum members).
A guided tour of the Trinity Site at White Sands Missile Range departs at 6 a.m. Saturday, April 6, with tour returning to the museum at 2:30 p.m. Reservation deadline is March 22: $80 ($70 museum members).
Overland Trail Museum — Exhibits at the Fort Davis, Texas, museum include a replica of a barbershop that was once on the site, historic surveying equipment, early medical paraphernalia, a restored pioneer kitchen and early ranching tools. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Information: (915) 426-3161.
Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum — 1000 U.S. 82, across from the Chamber of Commerce in Cloudcroft, N.M. Operated by the Sacramento Mountains Historical Society, the museum features historical buildings from the turn of the century, antique farming and ranching tools, other business and home antiques, historical exhibits and other artifacts.
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission: $5 ($3 ages 6 to 12); $1 military discount with valid ID. Group rates and tours available with prior notice. Information: (575) 682-2932 or cloudcroftmuseum.com.
Silver City Museum — 312 W. Broadway, Silver City, in the historic H.B. Ailman House. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Open until 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month. The museum covers the settlement of southwest New Mexico, the two centuries of mining in the region and early commerce in Silver City. Admission: $5. Information: (575) 538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org, or on Facebook.
Showing through 2019 is “Ranching in Grant County” exhibit exploring the history, art, social organizations, sports, and culture that surround this rural lifestyle.
Toy Train Depot — Alameda Park, 1991 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo. An actual train depot built in 1898, the building now houses a gift shop and model shop, with more than 1,200 feet of model railroad track and hundreds of model and toy trains on display. Hours are noon to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission: $4. Information: (575) 437-2855.
The 1/5 scale train track offers rides around Alameda Park 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Cost: $4.
Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum — The museum, featuring collections, photos and archives relating to the history of Otero County and the Tularosa Basin, is next door to the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, 1301 White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70). Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Information: (575) 436-4438.
Exhibits include “Franciscan Missions of Otero County, New Mexico,” “New Mexico School of the Blind and Visually Impaired,” and “The El Paso & Northeastern Railway Across the Tularosa Basin: with the Alamogordo & Sacramento Mountains Railway: A Branch Line.”
WNMU Museum — 1000 West College Ave., Silver City, N.M. (575) 538-6386. The museum features pottery, rugs and other artifacts of Southwestern Cultures; historic photographs of the Silver City area; and traveling exhibits. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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