February 2020

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.
  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 “Romancing Death: Love Beyond The Grave” event is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, with a poetry reading and art exhibit celebrating artists of the past and present, as well as vendors and food trucks. Admission is free. Poetry contest planned; call 209-0097 to enter.

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.
  The FORE! UNITee Topgolf Fundraiser is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Topgolf El Paso, 365 Vin Rambla. Prices go up after Feb. 23. Information: 351-0048 or jamie@elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
  The museum will host a trip to Eastern Europe May 11-22, let by Rabbi Ben Zeidman and museum executive director Jamie Flores. Information: secure.ayelet.com/elpasoEE2020.aspx.

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 Feb. 8: Enchanted Faces: Latin American Mask Traditions.
  Showing through Sept. 5: “From the Edge of Center: The Chacoan Outliers,” The Chacoan Culture flourished between AD 860-1150 and was originally centered at Chaco Canyon in Northwestern New Mexico. The Chacoans built immense great houses and great kivas capable of hosting large groups of peoples for ceremonies and other public activities. The exhibit features items from the museum’s permanent collection as well as items on loan from Salmon Ruins including ceramic vessels, beads, pendants, perishable materials and other items.
  Showing Feb. 15-July 25: “Ancient Visions: The Photography of Wayne Suggs.” Suggs is a photographer from Las Cruces who specializes in taking spectacular landscape and nighttime photographs. The exhibit focuses on many of the prehistoric sites and rock art panels throughout Southern New Mexico and the Southwest.
  A free lecture on “Eleven Years in the High Desert: Rock Art Recording in Central New Mexico” with archaeologist Carol Chamberland is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, as part of the 2020 Lecture Series.
  “A Legacy of Tradition: Handmade Acoma Pottery,” a lecture by Dolores Lewis Garcia and Claudia Mitchell, master potters from the Acoma pueblo, is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Free, but seating is limited to 75 people. Pottery making demonstration presented 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. and pottery will be available for purchase. Dolores is a daughter and Claudia is a granddaughter of the late Lucy Lewis, credited as the matriarch of Acoma revival pottery.
  Free archery practice for all ages is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday, with supervision of field marshals. Equipment provided.

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.
  Showing through June 14: is “Tracks Across The Desert: More Than 100 Years of Railroad in El Paso,” supported by Union Pacific.
  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 images from 41 local photographers.
  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 (Feb. 6), 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.
• Orange Marmalade cooking class is 10 a.m. (family-friendly) and 1 p.m. (for adults), Saturday, Feb. 1. $5. Call to reserve a spot; tools and ingredients provided.
• A free Braintrust Bag Lunch mini-lecture is noon Wednesday, Feb. 12. Guest speaker to be announced.
• Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, to discuss “Robur the Conqueror” (1886) by Jules Verne.
• A free Galentine’s Day Cocoa Crawl is 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Dress warm and wear comfortable shoes.
• “Make-a-Thing” arts and crafts are 10 a.m. the third Thursday of each month. Feb. 20: Mardi Gras masks. Cost: $5.
  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 Facebook.
  Showing through April 4: “Endangered Monuments,” photographs by Samuel Fee of national monuments throughout the Southwestern U.S.
  Showing through Jan. 7: “Bandits & Heroes, Poets and Saints,” exploring how cultures of Africa blended with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form modern Brazil. Features hands-on interactives, music, videos, large-scale photographs, original artifacts, and artwork by historical and contemporary artists.
  Showing through Feb. 22: “Standing in the Light: Queer Culture in Art,
Literature, and Music.” Artist panel discussion is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.
  Showing Feb. 7-March 21: “New Eyes on New Mexico,” artwork by Victoria Chick. Her paintings reflect the frequently overlooked areas of southern New Mexico.
  An artist talk with Chick is 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.
  Showing March 2-June 13: “Lucha Libre: Stories From The Ring,” highlighting lucha libre’s cultural, historical, and social political importance while showing the fun, unique, cultural aspect of it. Lucha libre has a rich history that dates back over a century in both Mexico and the United States. It combines athleticism, theater, dance, story, and the visual arts.
  A Luchador mask-making workshop is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6.
  A Wayfinding navigation workshop to learn how a compass works is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.
  Artist Trading Cards making is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.
  A field trip to Organ Mountains Desert
Peaks National Monument is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7. Meet at the park entrance. Registration deadline is March 4; park entrance fees apply.
  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.

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.
  Exhibits include “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.
  A “Virtual Reality Experience” is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, exploring a prehistoric landscape in conjunction with Las Cruces Museum of Art’s “Dinosaurs Discoveries” exhibit.
  Saturday Family Science hands-on challenges are 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. The Feb. 1 topic is “Hearts.”
  A STEAMPunk presentation is noon Saturday, Feb. 15, to discuss agriculturalist George Washington Carver.
  Dig Deeper into Dinosaurs program is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 to discuss “Permian Fossils in Southern New Mexico,” with Colin Dunn from the Bureau of Land Management.
  “Plutomania” activities celebrating the scientific contributions of Clyde Tombaugh are 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 8. Local astronomy hero Clyde Tombaugh first observed Pluto on February 18, 1930, from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. He later moved to Las Cruces and encouraged students of all ages to look to the stars.
  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.
  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.’
  A Mandala Painting workshop is 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 5.
  Brown Bag Lecture series is noon, Tuesday, Feb. 11, with “Harvey Girls and their Impact on the Southwest” by Patricia Kiddney.
  Coloring Club is 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 14 and 28.
  Rail Readers Book Club meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, to discuss “The Circus Train Conspiracy” by Edward Marston.
  Mrs. Prickett and her puppets story and activity for preschool children is 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.
  An Engineering Expo is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 22, with hands-on activities and demonstrations for all ages.

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; $2 for museum members and veterans; free for children age 3 and under. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
  Author and historian David Thomas will discuss his new book “Killing Pat Garrett: The Wild West’s Most Famous Lawman — Murder or Self-Defense?” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the museum’s theater. Admission to the discussion is free.
  The 7th annual Museum Rocks Gem & Mineral Show is Feb. 22-23. More than 60 vendors from Arizona, California, Oregon, Texas, and Australia will sell both cut and uncut gemstones, rocks, minerals, fossils, meteorites, jewelry, jewelry-making supplies and more. The show includes educational displays, geology discussions, door prizes, children’s activities, and food and beverage for sale.
  Showing through 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.
  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.
  Crafts for Kids is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 8, to make a Valentine’s Day Craft. Free with museum admission.
  Reading Roundup stories in the Museum lobby is 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, for all ages; 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.
  A Basic Weaving Workshop is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 12-15, for adults and age 14 and older accompanied by an adult. Students learn to warp their looms on Wednesday and weave basic twill patterns Thursday and Friday. First-time weavers are welcome. Class fee: $60.

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.
  Showing through Spring 2020 in commemoration of the museum’s 60th anniversary: “El Santo Niño de Atocha: Narratives of Faith and Devotion in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” featuring photographs of the Santo Niño. Pictures of personal altars from individuals who are devoted to the Santo Niño are incorporated into the display, as well as retablos and ex-votos from the NMSU permanent art collection.
  The museum’s permanent exhibit is “Pottery from the Americas,” featuring nearly 600 pottery vessels representing Southwestern and Mesoamerican ceramics.

University Art Gallery — The NMSU University Art Gallery will reopen at its new location in Devasthali Hall, corner of Solano and University, in February. Hours (beginning Feb. 28) are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Designated gallery parking free on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays. Information: (575) 646-2545, artglry@nmsu.edu.
  Showing Feb. 28-May 28: “Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020,” expanding conversations regarding motherhood through video, painting, installation, sculpture, film and photographic works by a diverse group of artists. Opening reception is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.
  A free curatorial walk-through with co-curator Marisa Sage and several of the artists featured in the exhibit is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29.

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) 678-2250 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, geronimospringsmuseum.com or on Facebook.

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). Admission: $7 ($5 for seniors, military; $2 children 6-16; $1 Ruidoso Downs residents; free for children 5 and younger and museum members). Information: (575) 378-4142, hubbardmuseum.org or on Facebook.

Museum of the Big Bend — Sul Ross State University (Entrance 3), Hwy 90 in Alpine, Texas. Showing through March 22: Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners. 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, museumofthebigbend.com or on Facebook.
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 Feb. 7 lecture celebrates 90th Anniversary of the discovery of Pluto, with a special guest speaker.
  The Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater is temporarily operating on limited hours. Star Show is at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m.
Planetarium show is $5 ($4 seniors, military and children). Ages 3 and under free. Museum/IMAX combo tickets available.
  The museum’s new Astronomy Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month (Feb. 6) in the Tombaugh Education Building, led by Tony Gondola. Open to ages 14 and older. Admission is free.

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.
  Now showing is “From the Collections,” an interactive behind-the-curtain peak at some of the Museum’s most fascinating artifacts.
  A Territorial Charter Day is Saturday, Feb. 15. Silver City is the only town in the state still operating under a territorial charter, dating to 1878.
  The museum hosts a “Women in Ranching” Panel discussion is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Silco Theatre, 311 N. Bullard.

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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