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.
Showing through Jan. 4: “Rations, Rights and Rivets: Experiencing World War II in El Paso,” featuring historic pieces such as newspaper clippings, photographs, ration books and transcribed oral histories about life on the border during the war. The war impacted UTEP in various ways, with more women enrolled as students and the research efforts to help the war effort.
Permanent exhibits on the third floor focus on the history of the Chihuahuan Desert. The Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on the museum grounds have more than 800 species of plants native to the region.
The Lhakhang Cultural Exhibit is open to the public for viewing 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday, and 1 to 4:30 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. A museum representative will be on hand to answer questions.
El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center — 715 N. Oregon. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
The museum depicts Jewish life in Europe before World War II, Hitler’s rise to power, the expulsion of Jews into ghettoes, life in concentration camps, prisoner resistance to the Nazis and liberation of the camps. Also featured is a local survivors exhibit. Docents available for guided tours.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology — 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54). Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tours are 10:30 to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays, Mondays and city holidays. Admission is free. Information: 755-4332 or elpasotexas.gov/arch_museum/.
The museum will be closed through Nov. 16 for improvements (guests may still use the parking lot to hike the trails), and will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.
A free talk on “Reverse Engineering Salado Polychrome Pottery” is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, followed by pottery firing demonstration.
A free family oriented Native American storytelling event with Alex Mares (Diné) is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, around the campfire, celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Dress warmly, and bring a folding chair or camp stool. Hot chocolate will be served.
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 Oct. 28 is “On Location: Making Movies in the Borderland,” spanning 100 years of cinema on the border with shooting scripts, posters and various artifacts and other memorabilia.
First Thursday free yoga is 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
The museum’s DIGIE (Digital Information Gateway in El Paso) is a first-in-the-nation interactive digital wall that examines El Paso’s people and cultures on giant 3-D touch-sensitive TV screens. Guests can upload photos at digie.org. The wall is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Los Portales Museum and Visitor Center — 1521 San Elizario Road. The museum is operated by the San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society, and is housed in an 1850s Territorial-style building across from the San Elizario church. It offers gifts, family trees, historical artifacts as well as information on the “First Thanksgiving” and the Salt War of 1877. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 851-1682.
Magoffin Home State Historic Site — 1120 Magoffin. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visitors can begin their tour at the Visitor Center across the street (1117 Magoffin, a restored 1901 home); closed Sunday. Tours on the hour; last tour at 4 p.m. Spanish language tours offered Thursday through Saturday; call for availability. Cost: $7 ($6 seniors 65 and older; $4 ages 6-18; free ages 5 and younger). Family and group rates available. Admission is free to Visitor Center. Information: 533-5147, visitmagoffinhome.com or Facebook.
• Escalloped Turkey Cooking Classes is 10 a.m. (family-friendly) and 1 p.m. (adults), Saturday, Nov. 3. $5.
• Yoga is 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 and 24. Free.
• A free Braintrust Bag Lunch mini-lecture is noon Wednesday, Nov. 14. Carlos Sandoval will talk on “Regional Holiday Foods and Their History.”
• “Make-a-Thing” arts and crafts are 10 a.m. the third Thursday of each month (Nov. 15). This month features holiday napkin folding. Cost: $10.
• Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, to discuss “A True Story (aka A True History)” by Lucian of Samosata, 2nd Century. Tea and pastries provided. $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 now open at 6519 N. Mesa. The museum shows his achievements, as well as those of boxing and Lucha Libre’s greats, along with art and other exhibits. Information, hours: 346-5085.
Having worked with the greatest legendary fighters such as Roberto Durán, Alexis Arguello, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and more than a dozen other champions, García is considered the best cut-man in the history of the sport of boxing.
San Elizario Veterans Museum and Memorial Walk — 1501-B Main Street in San Elizario. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: Ann Lara, 345-3741 or Ray Borrego, 383-8529.
Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe, offering a glimpse of five centuries of Pueblo history and tradition. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s activities daily. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
U.S. Army Heritage Center of the NCO — Building 11331, Staff Sergeant Simms St., Biggs Army Airfield. Equipment and uniforms used by sergeants and other NCO’s through the years are displayed. Admission: free. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 744-8646.
War Eagles Air Museum — 8012 Airport Road, Doña Ana County Airport, Santa Teresa. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission: $5; $4 senior citizens and military; free for children under 12. Information: (575) 589-2000 or war-eagles-air-museum.com.
The warbirds of World War II and Korea, and other historic military aircraft, are displayed in a 54,000-square-foot building and surrounding area. The collection of more than 30 aircraft and 40 automobiles includes the P-51 Mustang, P-38 Lightning, A-26 Invader and the German Fieseler-Storch. Among later aircraft are the F-86 Sabre and MiG-15s.
To get there: Take the Artcraft exit off Interstate 10, head west past the Rio Grande to Santa Teresa and follow signs to the airport and museum.
Las Cruces area
Branigan Cultural Center — Branigan Building, 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las Cruces. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Friday Ramble. Closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23. Information: (575) 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums or on Facebook.
Showing Oct. 30-Feb. 2: “Passing Through,” paintings by artist Jimin Lee on the theme of mobility, displacement, and labor.
Showing through Jan. 5: “World War I” featuring the WWI memorabilia collection of community history enthusiast William Alford.
Showing through Jan. 19: “Four Generations, Four Languages,” featuring Mexican artists of different generations.
Showing through Feb. 16: “Lightning Field,” digital imagery by Ken Morgan, depicting his envisioning of a lightning storm at Walter de Maria’s Lightning Field.
History Notes Lecture Series is 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, with “Billy The Kid’s Grave” by David Thomas
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.
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. Closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23. Information: (575) 522-3120 or las-cruces.org/museums.
Frankenstein200 robot building event is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 27.
STEAMpunk lecture is 11:45 Saturday, Nov. 17 on Granville Woods: Communication Engineering, and Dec. 15 on Isaac Newton Laws of Motion).
Night Creatures museum tours are 4:30 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month as part of the Downtown Ramble.
Animal Encounters are 10:30 a.m. Saturdays.
Pre-K Programs for ages 3-5 offered at 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays
Intro into “Electronics for Teens” are 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturdays in October for age 13-17.
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. Saturdays. All About Engines event is Dec. 8, for ages 7-17.
Las Cruces Railroad Museum — The museum is in the Santa Fe train depot, 351 N. Mesilla (at Las Cruces avenue west of the Downtown Mall). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Friday Ramble. Closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23. Admission is free; donations encouraged. Information: (575) 528-3444 or museums.las-cruces.org.
Story and craft for all ages is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, featuring “Percy’s Chocolate Crunch” by Christopher Awdry
and Mrs. Prickett and her puppets will engage pre-school children with a book and activity at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, reading “Bark George” by Jules Feiffer.
Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to noon the Second Saturday of each month (Nov. 10).
Adults coloring group meets 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 9.
Rail Readers Book Club meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 to discuss “I Married a Soldier” by Lydia Spencer Lane. Participation is free. Information: 575-647-4480.
An Old Fashioned Holiday Display is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, with holiday model train displays, refreshments, holiday music, children’s craft activities, and festive decorations. The city’s tree lighting follows 6 to 8 p.m. in Plaza de Las Cruces.
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.
Karl Laumbach will talk on “Francisco Bojorquez: The Cowboy Sheriff of Sierra County” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, as part of the museum’s Culture Series.
The 5th annual HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17-18. About 60 vendors from around the state will sell products and offer free samples. Award-winning salsas are featured, as well as wine, pies, cookies, sauces, jams, honey, jerky, pecans, pistachios, gift baskets, and much more. Admission: $5 per vehicle (first 100 vehicles each day receive a free, burlap shopping bag).
Showing Nov. 16-Sept. 13: “Drawn to the Land: Peter Hurd’s New Mexico.” Renowned 20th-century artist Peter Hurd (1904-1984) was known for his realistic portraits and luminous southwestern landscapes that featured sparse vegetation, rolling hills, windmills, water tanks and ever-changing skies. The exhibit features 24 pieces of art, as well as some of the artist’s objects such as his chaps, sombrero, polo helmet, polo mallet, guitar and more.
Showing through Dec. 2 in the Arts Corridor is “Jacob Pfeiffer: My Long Journey,” an exhibit of oil paintings.
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.
Craft for Kids are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; free with museum admission.
• Nov. 3: Paper rocking horses
• Nov. 10: Beaded ear of corn, and exhibit scavenger hunt
• Nov. 17: Turkey puppets
• Nov. 24: 3-D paper pumpkin.
A Natural Dye workshop is Saturday, Nov. 10, taught by Rick Rao. Space is limited. Call for reservations, information: (575) 496-7678 or email@example.com.
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 December: “Superbloom,” examining the complicated effects the Cold War and nuclear testing have had on the Southwest American landscape and the global psyche. Comprised of oil paintings, large-format watercolors, digital works and a multi-channel video.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the gallery hosts a live Aikido performance 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. A panel discussion focusing on the complex history of nuclear development in the West and the potential role art can play as a catalyst of change will be held at the same time as the performance.
OutsmART, a series of interactive children’s art workshops exploring the power of art in their everyday lives is 1 to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of the month (Nov. 10, Dec. 8). Workshops are related to the current exhibits and artwork. Geared towards age 5 to 15, but all ages and skill levels welcome.
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.
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.
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. Exhibits include historical photos of Klipsch, many of his working papers containing his calculations and research results, and original publications containing articles by or about him.
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), firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com or museumofthebigbend.com.
Showing through Dec. 16: “Erin Hanson: Impressions of Big Bend Country,” featuring modern impressionistic oil paintings inspired by explorations and hiking trips in and around Big Bend National Park.
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). Free admission for veterans Sunday, Nov. 11. 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 Nov. 2 lecture is “From the Earth to the Moon: Science Fiction to Science Fact,” by Museum Education Specialist Michael Shinabery. Admission is free; coffee and donuts provided.
Science Saturday events for kids and their parents are 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 10, with planetarium programs and more.
New to the museum is the Rocketeer Playground area.
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.
Trick-or-treat at the museum is 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Education room.
Showing through Dec. 9: ”Arte Chicano de San Vicente 2018,” featuring artwork by Silver City Chicano artists, including print artist Fred Barraza, ceramicists Patty Countryman and Krissy Ramirez, and digital artist Grecia Rivas
An artist reception is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
Showing through Jan. 13, 2019: “Allan Houser: Renowned 20th Century Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache Artist.” Houser (1914-1994) was one of the most important Native American artists of the 20th Century. He embraced contemporary art styles while celebrating his Apache heritage in his artwork.
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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