May 2019

At the Museum

See also: Southwest Art Scene

History Lessons

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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 July 6: “The Border Does Not Divide: Artists and Art on the Border,” The student-led photography exhibit, highlighting artists along the U.S./Mexico border.
  Showing through Oct 5: “Uncaged Art: Tornillo Children’s Detention Camp,” a multisensory exhibit based on art that the teenagers created during their confinement. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services detained more than 6,000 teenagers from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and other Central and South American countries in the temporary detention center on the eastern fringe of El Paso County. A social studies teacher assigned to the shelter gave the youth a four-day art project. The only instruction was to think of their home communities. The teenagers created hundreds of drawings, sketches, paintings, dresses and sculptures that involved birds, parks, churches and a soccer field.
  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.
  The museum’s free lecture series talks are 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays:
April 27: Archaeologist Allen Dart will talk on “Old-Time Religion? The Salado Phenomenon in the Greater Southwest.
May 11: “The Earliest Apache in the Southern Southwest: Evidence and Arguments” from Deni Seymour.
  Showing April 27-July 13: “Rock Art of the Jornada Mogollon.” showcasing photographs of petroglyphs and pictographs from iconic sites such as Hueco Tanks, Three Rivers and Otero Mesa, as well as lesser known treasure troves from both sides of the border. A mini-exhibition on “Ancient Borderland: The Jornada Mogollon” will also be featured.
  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 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.
  Showing through Sept. 29: “El Paso Community College’s 50th Anniversary: Honoring the Past, Building the Future,” highlighting all aspects of college’s history from its beginnings at Logan Heights at Fort Bliss to all the growth and accomplishments that have helped more than 80,000 students earn degrees. Visitors will be able to see memorabilia and learn about important milestones.
  Sunset Yoga for all ages and skill levels is 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, April 25, and May 2 and 23. Beginners welcome. Participation is free; sign up at freetheyoga.com/elpaso.
  The free “Becoming American” documentary film and discussion series on the Immigration Experience concludes 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2, with “Immigrant Pop Culture” with Dr. Susan Stanfield. Information: 212-0321 or cityhistorymuseum@elpasotexas.gov.
  On display at the museum is Tom Lea’s mural “Southwest,” which has been temporarily moved from the El Paso Public Library due on renovations.
  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.
  Admission is free Sunday, May 5, in celebration of Free Historic Sites Day.
• Catsup, Mustard, Mayo and Chopped Pickle cooking class is 10 a.m. (family-friendly) and 1 p.m. (for adults), Saturday, May 4. $5. Call to reserve a spot; tools and ingredients provided.
• A free Braintrust Bag Lunch mini-lecture is noon Wednesday, May 8. Susan Barnum will discuss “Suffragette Literature.”
• Yoga is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11 and 25. Free.
• “Make-a-Thing” arts and crafts are 10 a.m. the third Thursday of each month (May 16). This month’s project is Bird Feeders. Cost: $10.
• Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, to discuss “The Huge Hunter or the Steam Man of the Prairies,” by Edward S. Ellis, 1868. Tea and pastries provided.
  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 or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
  Showing through May 25: “Amending America: The Bill of Rights,” exploring the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
  Geography Club meets 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays to learn about the U.S. through arts and crafts.
  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.
The museum will be open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays June 5-Aug. 28. Special programs are 5 to 7 p.m.
June 5: Tai Chi with the Confucious Institute.
June 26: Settlers of Cataan game night.

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 or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
  Now featured is the exhibit “Sun, Earth, Universe,” which explores the big questions NASA is trying to answer about the earth, sun, and other planets with interactive exhibits and dazzling imagery. The 600-square-foot exhibition will connect visitors with current NASA science research and launch them on a journey to explore the universe.
  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. Use Water Street entrance after 5 p.m.
  Teen Science Cafe is 5:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. Call for location.
  Science Cafe round table discussions are 5:30 p.m. the last Thursday of the month. Use Water Street entrance after 5 p.m.
  STEAMpunk lecture is 11:30 Saturday, April 27 on Mary Golda Ross (Aeronautics).
The museum will be open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays June 5-Aug. 28. Special programs are 5 to 7 p.m.
June 12: Family STEM Night on designing an engineering a dream waterslide.
June 26: Chemistry Night.
  Registration for 2019 Summer Camps in June and July is now open.

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 or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
  Mrs. Prickett and her puppets story and activity for preschool children is 11 a.m. Thursday, May 9.
  Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11.
  The museum will be open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during the summer months, June 5-Aug. 28.
June 5: Morse Code Bracelets, 5 to 7 p.m.
June 19: “The Caboose Stops Here” lecture by curator of education Joanne Beer at 6 p.m.
  The 12th annual Transportation Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is Saturday, May 4, with model trains and historic reenactments, as well as static displays from local fire departments, police department, public works, transit and more.

‘Living in Sacred Continuum’ — Pottery designed and crafted by people of the Mimbres Valley and surrounding areas from A.D. 1000 to 1130 will be on display April 26-Dec. 15, at NMSU’s American Indian Student Center, 3015 Locust. The exhibition is the result of research NMSU Anthropology professor and director of the University Museum Fumi Arakawa conducted in collaboration with Atsunori Ito at the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Japan. farakawa@nmsu.edu.
  A panel of Native American artists will share interpretations about the pottery’s designs during a panel discussion 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 26.
  In September through December, Arakawa will host each of five Hopi artists represented who will give a workshop or lecture at the University Museum in the Kent Hall. Details to be announced.

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.
  State Climatologist for New Mexico Dave DuBois will discuss “What is Going on with Our Weather?” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9. Admission is free.
  The annual Blessing of the Fields is 10 a.m. May 15, with a procession around the Museum grounds, blessing the animals, plants, acequia and fresh-baked bread. Before the procession, Henry Narvaez, Cacique of Tortugas Pueblo, will lead the prayer to the four directions. Vegetables, flowers and desert plants grown in the museum’s greenhouse will be featured in the sale. Visitors who come to the Museum to participate in the procession from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. will not be charged admission. The Museum will also have a plant sale as part of the festivities.
  Showing in the Arts Corridor through Aug. 4: “Animals of the Southwest," 34 pastel paintings by Dinah Swan. Swan’s paintings include wild animals such as bears, coyotes and birds, to domestic animals like cattle, horses and cats.
  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.”
  Craft for Kids are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays; free with museum admission.
May 4: Pinwheels
May 11: Porcelain flowers
May 18: Paper plate dairy cow
May 25: Patriotic paper lanterns.
  To register for workshops, or for more information, contact LuAnn Kilday at 575-522-4100 or luannr.kilday@state.nm.us.
  A felting workshops are 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11 and May 18. All materials will be provided and artwork can be made into a wall hanging or table placemat. Class fee: $10 per workshop, space is limited.
  Colonial Colcha Embroidery is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 16, using wool yarn on linen. Cost: $40, plus a $10 materials fee payable to instructors. Lunch on one’s own.
  Discovery Afternoon programs for students age 5-17 and their parents or chaperones 2:30 to 4 p.m. selected Wednesdays. The May 8 program is “The Railroad in New Mexico.” Fee: $3 per child, plus $3 parent, space is limited. Reservations requested.
  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.
  Story Time is 3 to 4 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (May 21), for ages 3 to 6, free with museum admission.

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 April 26-May 11: Thesis Exhibitions:
• “dis-continuum” featuring the work of MFA candidates Cleo Arevalo and Fernando Enriquez. Arevalo and Fernandez, based on their experiences growing up on both sides of the border.
• “Reveries” featuring work by BFA candidates Debbie Jo Baxter, Angelica Jones, Bernadette Larimer, Raquel Madrigal, Saul Ramirez and Carissa Staples. Their unexpected media push the boundaries to tackle issues such as self-image, identity, intimacy and current world affairs.
  Artist talk with Arevalo and Enriquez is 5;30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2.
  Gallery closed May 11-Jan. 23, 2020 to move to its new location at Devasthali Hall.

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/museums/.
  Currently showing:
• Live Long & Prosper: Sci-Fi Images in Contemporary Indigenous Art,” with more than 40 works of art by contemporary indigenous artists.
• “Entomomania: Insects in Art and Culture,” focusing on specific insects and how they have influenced culture, the world and how people interact with the natural world.
  The museum’s permanent exhibit is “Pottery from the Americas,” featuring nearly 600 pottery vessels representing Southwestern and Mesoamerican ceramics.

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), zuhl@nmsu.edu or nmsu.edu/zuhl.
  The center features a collection of more than 1,800 pieces of petrified wood, fossils and minerals.


Also

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. 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, museum@sulross.edu or museumofthebigbend.com.
  Showing through May 19: The 33rd annual Trappings of Texas, considered one of the best Western art and custom cowboy gear exhibits and sales in the country. Opening reception and sale is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, with talks and demonstrations all day Saturday.

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.
  The Launch Pad Lecture Series is 9 to 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month. The May 3 lecture is “Able and Baker: Monkeys on a Mission” with Museum Education Specialist Michael Shinabery. Admission is free.
  The Great Southwest Star Party celebration of the area’s night skies is May 31-June 2, with sky viewing parties, museum and area tours, workshops, food vendors and on-site RV and tent camping. Registration required; available online.
  ‘Rocketeer Academy’ week-long science summer camps run June 3-Aug. 2 for kids in grades K-9. Camps are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. Cost per week: $160-$290, depending on program; available on first come, first serve basis. No camps week of July 4. Registration forms available at nmspacemuseum.org.

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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