October 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.
  Showing through Oct 5: “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.
  A Victorian Mourning Tea Party is Saturday, Oct. 12.
  The Día del Los Muertos and first anniversary of the museum is Saturday, Nov. 2.

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 5th annual Flights & Bites fundraiser, “Bubbles and Brews,” is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, with champagne and local microbrews, food and desserts, wine pull, cocktail bar and live entertainment. Tickets: $55 by Sept. 28; $60 after.
  Performance artists Morgan Barnard and Mimi Gladstein present “From Darkness to Life: The El Paso Connection to the Jewish Holocaust,“ 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Gladstein makes connections between El Paso Jewish families who fled the Holocaust and Tom Lea’s Jewish merchant in his novel “The Wonderful Company.” Presentation followed by a live cinema performance with Barnard. Admission is free.
  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: 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.
  The 21st Biennial Jornada Mogollon Archaeology Conference is all day Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12. Registration runs through Oct. 8 at 212-0421 or 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. Admission is free. Information: 212-0320, elpasotexas.gov/history or on Facebook.
  El Paso First Lady Adair Margo will host a historical tour while riding the El Paso Streetcar, 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 9 and 23, meeting at the museum. Limited to 30 spots. RSVP at 212-3161 or epmh@elpasotexas.gov.
  Showing through November: “Pride Cinema: Queer Film and Culture in the 20th and 21st Century.”
  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. Opening reception is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, with live music, food, and guest speakers. RSVP at 212-3161 or RSVP.EPMH@elpasotexas.gov.
  A multi-media presentation “Courage and Death: How Tom Lea's Brave Bulls shaped his Paintings of War” is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Free, but registration requested at TomLea.com.
  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.
• German Meatballs cooking class is 10 a.m. (family-friendly) and 1 p.m. (for adults) Saturday, Oct. 5. $5. Call to reserve a spot; tools and ingredients provided.
• A free Braintrust Bag Lunch mini-lecture is noon Wednesday, Oct. 9, on the topic of “Rationing in WWII America.”
• Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, to discuss “A Crystal Age,” by William H. Hudson, 1887.
• Yoga taught by Rebecca Hendricks is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 and 26. Free.
• “Make-a-Thing” arts and crafts are 10 a.m. the third Thursday of each month. The Oct. 17 project is pumpkin carving. Cost: $10.
• A Tom Lea Month Celebration cooking class covering “WWII Rations, Cooking and Canning,” is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Cost: $5. Call to reserve a spot; tools and ingredients 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 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. Information: (575) 541-2154, las-cruces.org or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
  Showing through Oct. 19: “Preserving Our Stories: The Mesquite Historic District.”
  An “Amazing Adobe Architecture” workshop is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5. Explore the architecture featured in “Preserving Our Stories,” and create an “adobe” home to take home.
  Showing through Oct. 26: “Voices of Change: LGBTQ Activism,” highlighting LGBTQ individuals and organizations from southern New Mexico, as well as landmark social justice events and legislation. It also features artwork by regional LGBTQ artists.
  A Memory Quilt Square workshop inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.
  The monthly History Notes Lecture series is Thursday, Oct. 10: “Empire Zinc Strike” by Larry Flores.
  The 9th annual Cultural Bazaar is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, showcasing the traditions of dozens of cultures represented in the Las Cruces community through dance, music, and songs from different cultures will be held throughout the day.
  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.
  A Día de los Muertos Celebration is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, as part of the First Friday art events, with skull ornament decorating and pan de muerto.
  A Día de los Muertos bilingual book reading of Yuyi Morales’ “Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book” for grades K-3 is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Children's craft activity follows.

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. The 600-square-foot exhibition will connect visitors with current NASA science research and launch them on a journey to explore the universe.
  Fossil Day is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 12, with fossil facts and hands-on activities.
  The Haunted Museum is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26, with a look at spooky and gross science and creatures such as slime, spiders, and more hands-on activities for all ages.
  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.
  Super Scientists drop-in activities for all ages is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 28 (Gliders).
  Saturday Family Science hands-on challenges are 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. The Oct. 5 topic is Food Chain.
  A STEAMPunk presentation to discover the stories behind science’s greatest rebels is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, to discuss Chemist Dorothy Hodgins.
  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. Admission is free; donations encouraged. Information: (575) 528-3444, las-cruces.org or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
  Brown Bag Lectures series is noon, Tuesday, Oct. 8, with “The History of the Ted Turner Ranch” by David Barfield.
  Adults coloring group meets 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 11 and 25.
  Rail Readers Book Club meets Wednesday, Oct. 16, to discuss “Timetable of Death” by Edward Marston.
  Mrs. Prickett and her puppets story and activity for preschool children is 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, on “Little Frog’s Tadpole Trouble” by Tatyana Feeney.
  Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of the month.

‘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.

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 free Border Archives Bazaar is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, organized by the Border Regional Archives Group (BRAG). The bazaar features rare documents, photographs, maps, publications, and more that highlight the region’s history and culture. The theme is “Archives: Mirrors of Ourselves.”
  Farm & Ranch Museum Director and author Mark Santiago presents “Raiding and Revenge: Two Tales of Spanish and Apache Relations in New Mexico, 1754” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, as part of the museum’s Culture Series.
  A Heritage Cooking “Day of the Dead Bread” demonstration is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26. Visitors of all ages may join in the making of these classic loaves, which they can take home and share (while supplies last).Complimentary copies of the traditional recipes also available; supplies furnished by the Museum.
  Showing Oct. 25-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. Free opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, with a talk by author Jim Eckles, retired director of the Public Affairs Office at White Sands Missile Range.
  Showing through Dec. 1 in the Arts Corridor: “Cultivating Color: Paintings by Jeri Desrochers.” Desrochers’ oil paintings capture the people and the landscapes of the Southwest’s farm valleys. Manmade elements dot the landscape with geometric counterpoints. Desrochers’ awards include Best of Show at the Sun Bowl Art Exhibit and the El Paso Arts International.
  Showing through Dec. 2 in the North Corridor: “Grist for the Mill.”
  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.
  A demonstration is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5, to show the process of dyeing raw wool and yarn with acid dye.
  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.
  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.

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.

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.
  The museum will be open to the public 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, for a tour and demonstration of the revolutionary speaker technology developed by Paul Klipsch. Paul 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.

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.


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 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 free quarterly “Into the Vault” tour is 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, featuring the Hubbard Library and Archive Building.
  The Launch Pad Lecture Series is 9 to 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month. The Oct. 4 topic is “A Lieutenant and a Balloon: How High Did They Go” with Museum Curator Sue Taylor. Admission is free.
  The Nov. 1 lecture series topic is “Best Camping Trip Ever: The Flight of Apollo 12” with Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola.
  The Museum offers a bus tour to the Trinity Site at White Sands Missile Range 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Spaces are limited. Reservations: (575) 437-2840, msh.info@state.nm.us or nmspacemuseum.org.
  A Moon of the Museum night sky viewing is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in conjunction with NASA’s International Observe the Moon Night. Admission is free.
  Science Saturday hands-on activities for kids and parents are 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 12.

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. 29: “Ranching in Grant County,” an exhibit exploring the history, art, social organizations, sports, and culture that surround this rural lifestyle.
  Showing Oct. 12-Dec. 8: “Arte Chicano,” work by local artists Simon Sotelo, Atziri Apodaca, and Michelle Candelaria.
  “Aldo Leopold and the Conservation History of the Gila” is 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5, presented by local historian and author Stephen Fox, and New Mexico Wild’s Simon Sotelo.
  The museum hosts a series of ofrenda-related events in celebration of Día de Los Muertos:
• “The Making and Meaning of an Ofrenda” presentation with folk artist and community healer Chickie Beltran and psychic medium Nena Benavidez is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.
• Ofrenda float decorating is 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, for all ages. Make Day of the Dead ornaments such as sugar skulls, papel picado and paper marigolds to adorn a float.
• Ofrenda blessing and music is 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, followed by a screening of “Coco” at 5:30 p.m.
Entertainment by mariachi singer Angelica Padilla. Champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate), pan de muerte and face painting offered.

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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