December 2019

At the Museum

See also: Southwest Art Scene

History Lessons

Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

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.
  Extended through Dec. 7: “Uncaged Art: Tornillo Children’s Detention Camp,” a multisensory exhibit based on art that the teenagers created during their confinement.
  Showing through Jan. 15: “The Town and the Smelter.” ASARCO and the community of Smeltertown (La Esmelda) were symbiotically connected and left a lasting impact on the borderland.
  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 Funeral Museum — 6111 S. Desert (at Perches Funeral Home). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; open Sundays on special exhibit weekends. Admission is free. Information: 581-0102 or elpasofuneralmuseum.com.
  The free family event, “Who Stole Christmas?” is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, with local artists and vendors, hot chocolate and cookies with Jack Skellington from “Nightmare Before Christmas” and a meet and greet with the Grinch and some of the Whoville Town Characters.

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.
  Showing through Dec. 31: “XOXO: Love & Forgiveness,” an interactive exploration of emotions, thoughts, actions, and reactions, created in 2014 by the Pittsburgh Children's Museum.

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, including Dec. 25. Admission is free. Information: 212-0421, archaeology.elpasotexas.gov, or on Facebook at EPMArch.
  Showing through Jan. 11: “An Ageless Craft: Historic and Modern Pueblo Pottery,” displaying more than 280 objects representing the work of potters from most of the Rio Grande and Western Pueblos including Maria Martinez, of San Ildefonso, the Nampeyo family of First Mesa (Hopi), and Albert Alvidrez of Ysleta del Sur.
  Archery for all ages is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 21 and 28, with field marshal supervision.
  “Coyote Stories” Native American Storytelling with Alex Mares is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, around the campfire. Hot chocolate will be served. Dress warmly.
  A Metal Embossing (Repujado) Art workshop with Maria Almeida Natividad is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, for ages 18 and older. Cost: $40 ($25 members); pre-registration required.
  The museum’s free Lecture Series presentations are 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays:
Nov. 30: “Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Hopi Pottery” with Gwen Stella, Master Potter. Meet the artist 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.
Dec. 14: “Subjective Color in Mimbres Black-on-White Pottery” with Stephanie Whittlesay, followed by potter demonstration. She will show how many Mimbres black-on-white geometric designs produce the illusion of color when rotated rapidly.

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. Admission is free. Information: 212-0320, elpasotexas.gov/history or on Facebook.
  First Lady of El Paso Adair Margo hosts Downtown tours of the city aboard the Streetcar 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and 14, as part of the museum’s El Paso Historical Tours. Space is limited; reservations at 212-3161 or RSVP.EPMH@elpasotexas.gov.
  Showing through Jan. 5: “Bases Loaded: El Paso and Beyond,” celebrating the local and national history of baseball, from its pre-Civil War origins to the Chihuahuas arriving in El Paso. The exhibit also issues of race and the sport’s role in Mexico.
  Showing through March: “Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects,” a collection from the Georgia Museum of Art, including rare historical artifacts and sacred art from across centuries of the imperial family’s rule (CE 1613-1917), such as diamond-encrusted swords, intricate military medals, gilded statuettes, ornate icons, and Fabergé-produced objects.
  Featured through March 22 in the Wall of Giants Exhibit: “Powerhouse of the Southwest: 120 Years of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce.”
  Showing through April 12: ”Pasos Urbanos: A Photographic Narrative of the Borderlands Downtown Culture,” with 57 selected images from 41 local photographers currently residing within 150 miles of Downtown El Paso, including Juárez.
  Showing through June: The traveling exhibit ”Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Desert,” organized by Humanities Texas. The exhibit explores the topography and natural beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and the human impact upon it over a 30-year period, through photographs taken by UTEP professor Robert H. Schmidt.
  Free Yoga for all fitness levels is 6 to 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month (Dec. 5), led by Fusion Fitness.
  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. Monday through 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. 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.
  Spanish-language tours offered Thursday through Saturday; call for availability.
  The Holiday Open House is 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with live music, performers, cookies, hot cocoa, and free activities for kids.
• Bunuelos and champurado cooking class is 10 a.m. (family-friendly) and 1 p.m. (for adults) Saturday, Dec. 7. Cost: $5. Call to reserve a spot; tools and ingredients provided.
• A free Braintrust Bag Lunch mini-lecture is noon Wednesday, Dec. 11. Guest speaker is “The Liars Club.”
• Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, to discuss “Looking Backward, 2000 to 1887,” by Edward Bellamy, 1888.
  • Yoga taught by Rebecca Hendricks is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Free.
• “Make-a-Thing” arts and crafts are 10 a.m. the third Thursday of each month. Dec. 19: unique gift wrap ideas. 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 at 1335 Geronimo. The museum shows his achievements, as well as those of boxing and Lucha Libre’s greats, along with art and other exhibits. Information: 591-2704 or on Facebook at Boxing Museum Rafael Garcia.
  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: $11; $9 seniors and military; free for children and students. 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 — 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. Closed Dec. 24-25. Information: (575) 541-2154, las-cruces.org or Facebook.
  All four museums in the Las Cruces Museum system will host “Holiday Blitz” activities 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, with crafts, learning about holiday traditions and more. Each family will be given a holiday blitz badge, available at any of the museums.
  Showing through Jan. 7: “Bandits & Heroes, Poets and Saints,” exploring how cultures of Africa blended with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil. Features hands-on interactives, music, videos, large scale photographs, original artifacts, and artwork by historical and contemporary artists.
  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.
  Tin Greeting Cards making is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.
  A free retablo-making workshop is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

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. Closed Dec. 24-25. Information: (575) 522-3120, las-cruces.org or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
  All four museums in the Las Cruces Museum system will host “Holiday Blitz” activities 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, with crafts, learning about holiday traditions and more. Each family will be given a holiday blitz badge, available at any of the museums.
  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. 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 a.m. the second and forth Saturday of the month. Live animal feedings are 11 a.m. the first, second and third Saturday of each month.
  The Science Cafe, hosted by Sigma Xi is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the classroom. Dr. Willis Fedio will present “New Mexico Farm to Table Food Safety.”
  Saturday Family Science hands-on challenges are 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. The Dec. 7 challenge is Oil Spill Clean up.
  Super Scientists drop-in activities for all ages are 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 28 (Kaleidoscopes).
  A STEAMPunk presentation to discover the stories behind science’s greatest rebels is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, to discuss physicist Albert Baez.
  Pre-k programs for ages 5 and younger are 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays, such as Grandma MoNaS Science storytimes, Planeteers, Dino Train and Nature Kids programs.

Las Cruces Railroad Museum — The museum is in the Santa Fe train depot, 351 N. Mesilla. 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. Closed Dec. 24-25. Admission is free; donations encouraged. Information: (575) 528-3444, las-cruces.org or on Facebook at LCMuseums.’
  Old Fashioned Holiday Display and Open House is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, featuring special holiday model trains, children’s crafts, holiday music, and old-fashioned decorations.
  All four museums in the Las Cruces Museum system will host “Holiday Blitz” activities 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, with crafts, learning about holiday traditions and more. Each family will be given a holiday blitz badge, available at any of the museums.
  Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of the month (Dec. 14).

‘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 through 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.
  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.
  “A Christmas to Remember” drama performance by the Museum’s theater group is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. When the play’s main character has no one with whom to share Christmas dinner, some surprising historical guests from New Mexico’s past show up. Admission is free.
  Campfire Christmas Cookies are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, using a vintage Pizzelle iron from the 1800s, traditional cookie cutters and decorations. Free with museum admission.
  Showing through Dec. 1 in the Arts Corridor: “Cultivating Color: Paintings by Jeri Desrochers.”
  Showing through Dec. 2 in the North Corridor: “Grist for the Mill.”
  Showing Dec. 13-April 5 in the Arts Corridor: “Local Color: Landscape and Architecture,” works from the Mesilla Valley Weavers Guild, including 27 colorful scarves, rugs, shawls, and more. The Guild includes weavers, spinners, knitters, basket makers, and others interested in the textile arts. Free opening reception is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
  Showing through Jan. 15: “Home on the Range: From Ranches to Rockets.” exploring the transformation of life in the Tularosa Basin in the 1940s and beyond. Features replica structures like a ranch house, tool shed, and a military block house, as well as a V-2 rocket engine and a Loki Dart rocket, and as small as toys and kitchen utensils.
  Currently showing in the Museum’s Horse and Cattle Barn is an exhibit on Hyer Wools of Stanley, N.M. as part of its “Meet the Producer” exhibits.
  Discovery Afternoon programs for students age 5-17 and their parents or chaperones 2:30 to 4 p.m. selected Wednesdays. 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.
  Reading Roundup stories in the Museum lobby is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, for all ages; free with museum admission. December features a holiday story.
  Crafts for Kids is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 21, to make a decorated pine cone tree or pine cone bird feeder. Free with museum admission.
  Registration required for all workshops, as space is limited. To register for workshops, or for more information, contact LuAnn Kilday at 575-522-4100 or luannr.kilday@state.nm.us.
• Felting Workshop is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, to create a piece of felted artwork out of wool. The felting process includes matting, condensing and pressing fibers together by using soap, warm water, and agitation. Fee: $10; all materials provided and artwork can be made into a wall hanging or table placemat.
• Colcha Embroidery is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, to make a holiday ornament. Fee: $35; all materials included.

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, geronimospringsmuseum.com or on Facebook.
  Doc Holliday’s free Frontier Legends Comedy Wild West Show is Saturday, Nov. 30. Call for time.

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 Dec. 15: “Five Centuries of Mexican Maps,” selected maps from the museum’s Yana & Marty Davis Map Collection.

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, nmspacemuseum.org or on Facebook at NMSpaceMuseum.
  The Launch Pad Lecture Series is 9 to 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month. The Dec. 6 topic is “The Remarkable Life of George M. Low: The Ultimate Engineer,” with author Richard Jurek. Admission is free; coffee and donuts offered.
  Jurek and Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll will host a discussion about the Apollo era and Low’s contribution at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Jurek’s will also host a signing for his new book “The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader George M. Low” after the talk.

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 Dec. 8: “Arte Chicano,” work by local artists Simon Sotelo, Atziri Apodaca, and Michelle Candelaria.
  Showing through Dec. 29: “Ranching in Grant County,” an exhibit exploring the history, art, social organizations, sports, and culture that surround this rural lifestyle.
  The annual Victorian Christmas Evening is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the historic H.B. Ailman House with decorations, costumed characters, activities, cookies and cider, puppet show, Scrooge’s gift exchange and entertainment representative of when the Ailman family built the house in 1881. Admission is free.

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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