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.
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.
‘Camp Discovery’ camp for kids in grades 4 through 8 are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July 27. Cost: $75 per camp; $350 for all six camps; before/after care is $10 per hour. Space is limited.
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. Closed Monday. Admission is free unless listed otherwise; donations welcome. 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.
Summer camp, “Small But Mighty,” is 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 9-13, for ages 8-12. Cost: $50 ($40 for each additional child in a family and for museum members); includes snacks and supplies, T-shirt, and a pizza party on the last day.
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 or elpasotexas.gov/arch_museum/.
Showing through Sept. 1: “Children of the Hisatsinom: The Artistic Tradition of the Hopi,” showcasing the many arts the Hopi use to communicate elements of their culture and traditions to a wider audience from basketry to pottery to katsina dolls.
Summer Day Camp is 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday, July 24-27, for ages 7 to 12 with hands-on activities to explore the science, methods, tools and artifacts of archaeologists. Cost: $70 ($55 museum members). Registration forms available online.
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 Aug. 5: “Full Speed Ahead: El Paso Streetcars.”
A free paper Street Car Model Family Craft event is 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1.
A Ranch Day Fiesta is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28, with crafts, living history events and family activities.
“Summer Thursdays” at the museum run through August:
• Free Yoga in the Park is 6 p.m. July 5 and Aug. 2. Free.
• “History on the Run” Walking Tour of Early Movie Theaters is 6 p.m. July 12 and Aug. 9. Cost: $10 ($5 members).
• Crafting from the Collection is 7 p.m. to work with Fans, July 19, and Sea Shells, Aug. 16. Cost: $19 ($15 members).
•”History on the Run” Walking Tours of Deadliest Downtown Gunfights are 6 p.m. June 28, July 26 and Aug. 23. Cost: $10 ($5 members).
The museum offers “Free the Yoga” summer classes noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 30. All levels welcome. Information: email@example.com; register at 212-3163.
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.
The 2018 ‘Explore Your History’ four-day summer camps are 9 a.m. to noon for age 8-12 and 1 to 4 p.m. for age 11-15, Tuesdays through Fridays, July 10-Aug. 10. Deadline to registers is the Wednesday before each camp date. Cost: $70 per camp ($55 museum members). See separate listing for schedule.
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.
• Kids Adobe Class: Building with Dirt for ages 6-10 is 9 a.m. to noon Friday, July 6. Cost: $10.
• Lemon Ice Cooking Class is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7. $5.
• Hands-On Fencing Demonstration is 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, July 11, hosted by Salle De Long Fencing School.
• Yoga with Rebecca Hendricks is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14 and 28. Free.
• Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, to discuss “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” $5.
Kids Camps are selected 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Bring daily sack lunch; snacks and beverages. Cost: $60.
• July 11-13: “Life in the 19th Century El Paso!” for ages 6-8.
• July 18-20: “Victorian Science!” for ages 8-10.
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. Summer hours (June through August) are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Closed July 4. Information: (575) 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums or on Facebook.
A collaborative event for Branigan’s “What’s Your Las Cruces Memory” project and the “Las Cruces Memory Lane” community Facebook page is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7. Stations will be up to for guests to digitize their photographs and documents, photograph family heirlooms, record stories, and more. Bring a flash drive and take home digital copies of family archives.
Showing through Sept. 15: “Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico,” traveling exhibition from Museum of International Folk Art exploring the origins, influences, development and appreciation of flamenco.
Showing through Oct. 3: “Melding History and Art — The Bracero Program,” an exhibit by Diana LeMarbe, Jeri Desrochers and Raymond Cobos. Exhibit features sculptures, paintings and historic photographs on the two-nation guest worker program.
Showing July 3-Oct. 27: “League of Women Voters: 50 Years of Study, Action and Service in Las Cruces.” A member forum focused on mental health issues and Doña Ana County is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18.
Culture Club arts and crafts events are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, focusing on a different culture each month.
Geography Club meets 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays to learn about the U.S. through arts and crafts.
Weeklong camps for grades 3-5 are 1:30 to 4 p.m. through July 27. Cost: $40 per week.
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 Saturday, open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Closed July 4. Information: (575) 522-3120 or las-cruces.org/museums.
STEAMpunk lecture is 11:45 Saturday, July 21 on Fernando Altamirando and on Nikola Tesla.
The museum will host a NASA In-flight Education Downlink from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 26, at Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main.
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.
“Super Scientists” drop-in activities for all ages are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays June 30 (Volcanoes), July 14 (Windmills), and July 28 (Plants).
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; Teen Science Cafe is 5:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. Use Water Street entrance after 5 p.m.
Saturday Family Science is 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, July 7, on “Solar Energy 1: Solar Powered Cars,” and Aug. 4 on “Solar Energy 2: Solar Ovens.”
A “Building with Biology: Editor Our Evolution” roundtable discussion is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14.
A Science of Space Expo is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, with interactive activities and experiments.
Summer Camps are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, through July 20. for grades 1-8. Cost per camp varies.
Free week-long “GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Science of Space summer camps for 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for grades 2 and 3, and 3 to 4 p.m. for grades 4-6 Tuesdays through Fridays through Aug. 10. Participation is free; registration due by 4 p.m. on the Saturday prior to each session: (575) 532-3372.
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). Summer hours (June through August) are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Friday Ramble. Closed July 4. Admission is free; donations encouraged. Information: (575) 647-4480 or museums.las-cruces.org.
All city museums are open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays through August.
Brown Bag Lecture “Native American Steel Gangs” by Fred Friedman, is noon Tuesday, July 10, about the work by Native Americans in building railroads and depots in New Mexico.
Rail Readers Book Club meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, to discuss “The Two Alberts: Fountain and Fall,” written by Gordon R. Owen. Guests do not have to have read the book to come to the conversation.
Mrs. Prickett and her puppets will engage pre-school children with a book and activity at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12 and Aug. 9.
Family Game Days is 10 a.m. to noon the Second Saturday of each month (July 14, Aug. 11).
Adults coloring group meets 10 a.m. to noon Friday, July 13 and 27, and Aug. 10 and 24.
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.
As part of the Blue Star Program, active duty military personnel and their families are admitted free through Labor Day.
Local historian and author Dawn Santiago presents “The Voice in the Wilderness: The Life and Career of Father Pierre Lassaigne, Pioneer Priest of Southern New Mexico” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, as part of the museum’s cultural series. Admission is free.
The 15th annual Ice Cream Sunday celebrating National Ice Cream Day is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15, with ice cream making and other activities. The annual ice cream sandwich eating races are at 2:30 p.m. (registration at noon), Museum admission applies. The first 600 people to pay admission to the event receive a coupon for a free 5-ounce cup of Caliche’s Frozen Custard to use at the Museum during the afternoon.
Showing through July 8 in the Legacy Gallery: “Form & Function: Objects with Flair” featuring more than 40 objects from the museum collections that combine usefulness and beauty, including woven items ranging from Navajo rugs to Apache and Pima baskets, to vases, pots and bowls, as well as saddles, guns and furniture.
Showing through Aug. 5: “How Does Your Garden Grow?” works by the New Mexico region of Studio Art Quilt Associates. Each artist chose a flower or vegetable, real or imagined, and created its image in a 16” x 16” quilt, which was then mounted to resemble a traditional seed packet.
Showing through Sept. 16: “NM Farm & Livestock Bureau: 100 Years Strong.”
Showing through March 9, 2019: “Dressed for the Occasion,” featuring women’s clothing from the pioneer days of the 1870s to the Depression Era of the 1930s. The exhibit focuses on everyday clothing as well as clothing worn for special events like weddings, funerals, and baptism.
Meet the Producer exhibit in the Horse & Cattle Barn currently features Jinglebob Land & Cattle LLC of Anthony, N.M.
Crafts for kids 4 to 17 and their parents are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. selected Saturdays. free with museum admission. No registration needed.
Discovery Afternoon programs for third through fifth grade and their parents or chaperones are 1 to 3 p.m. selected Wednesdays. Fee: $3 per parent/child. Reservations: LuAnn Kilday, (575) 522-4100.
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.
The 2018 Summer Camps, which run through July 26. Information: Education Coordinator LuAnn Kilday, (575) 522-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 or uag.nmsu.edu.
Showing through July 14: “Here & Now Regional Juried Exhibition,” in collaboration with Las Cruces Museum of Art, featuring works in all media. “Here and Now” includes works created by artists living and working within a 150 mile of Las Cruces. Paintings, prints, photographs, video, ceramics, and sculpture highlight the diverse approaches to creative expression found in Southern New Mexico and West Texas.
Exhibit at Museum of Art continues through July 21.
Showing July 26-Sept. 21: “Jenny Morgan: A Higher Ground.” The exhibition tracks Morgan’s work starting from graduate school at the School of Visual Arts to her more recent paintings exploring the individual through high-def, glimmering layered portraits. Opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26.
Lecture and artist reception with Morgan is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30.
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/.
The museum’s permanent exhibit is “Pottery from the Americas,” featuring nearly 600 pottery vessels representing Southwestern and Mesoamerican ceramics.
Summer Wednesday Evening Programs — The four museums of the Las Cruces Museum System will be open until 8 p.m. every Wednesday during the summer months, with special programs each week. Programs are 5 to 7 p.m., unless otherwise listed. All museums closed July 4. Information: las-cruces.org/museums or on Facebook.
The museums are the Las Cruces Museum of Art, Branigan Cultural Center and the Museum of Nature and Science, at 411-501 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, and the Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla.
• July 11: Family Art Night at Museum of Art; Trivia Night (at 5:30 p.m.) at Museum of Nature & Science; and “Indian Detours” talk at Railroad Museum (6 p.m.).
• July 18: Open Mic Night at Museum of Art (5:30 p.m.), and Self Portraits at Branigan.
• July 25: Nocturnal Bedtime Stories at Museum of Nature & Science; and Switching Game (5:30 p.m.) at the Railroad Museum.
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. 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.
Showing through Sept. 2: “FotoTexas II: People, Place and Culture.” works by The Texas Photographic Society exhibit curated by Dallas-based photographer, Laura Wilson.
Summer Art Camp is 9 1.m. to noon for age 7-9, and 1 to 4 p.m. for 10 to 14. July 9-13. Registration: $20, space is limited.
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). Call for school tours and group ticket arrangements. Museum will close at 2 p.m. July 18. 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 July 6 lecture is “NASA: 60 Years of Launching Our Imagination” with Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. Admission is free; coffee and donuts provided. The Aug. 3 lecture is “Nuclear Legacy: The People of the Manhattan Project.”
Science Saturday events for kids and their parents are 9 a.m. to noon the Saturday (July 7 and Aug. 11) with planetarium programs and more.
The annual Fireworks Extravaganza is Wednesday, July 4. VIP parking lot passes available for museum members only. Call the museum for membership information.
See “Film Scene” for the IMAX schedule. Combo tickets available (included museum entrance and one IMAX ticket): $12 ($10 seniors and military, $8 children.
The Museum’s 2018 ‘Rocketeer Academy’ Summer Camps run through July 27 for kids in grades K-9. Registration forms 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. Monday, Tuesday, 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. Closed May 29-June 6. 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. Group tours offered with advance notice. Admission: $5 suggested donation. Information: (575) 538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org, or on Facebook.
As part of the Blue Star Program, active duty military personnel and their families are admitted free through Labor Day.
The 35th annual Ice Cream Social is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, with refreshments, live music including mariachi singer Angelica Padilla, fiddling duo Bayou Seco, guitarist Danny Cordova, and Concert Band of the Southwest, Cake Walk, traditional children’s games and more. Admission and children’s games are free; tickets available at the gates for refreshments, cakewalk, and face painting. Program is MCed by Raul Turrieta.
Showing through Sept. 30:
• Contemporary Casta Portraiture: “Nuestra Calidad” by Delilah Montoya. This ethnographic art project examines the roots of colonial heritage families by photographing and DNA-testing their descendants. “Nuestra Calidad” refers to racial categorizing as expressed in the Colonial Casta painting of New Spain.
• The Hobarts: A Look at a New Mexican Family, with photographs, documents, and personal items.
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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