At the Museum
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Centennial Museum — University at Wiggins, UTEP. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 747-6667 or museum.utep.edu.
Showing through June 3: “Time Exposures: Picturing a History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century.”
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. weekdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free unless listed otherwise; donations welcome. Information: 351-0048 or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
Showing through May 31: “Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto,” a multi-media traveling exhibit that deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys who created the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. The exhibit closes with “Voices of Vedem: Yesterday and Today,” an evening of music, remarks, and contemporary commentary at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 31; with reception at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The 2017 Holocaust Museum summer program runs 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 17-21. This year’s camp will focus on kids using art, movement, writing and more to creatively express themselves, their views, and stories.
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/.
Showing through Oct. 14: “Paquimé and the Casas Grandes Culture.” The exhibition highlights Paquimé’s importance as a center of regional trade and culture during the 13th and 14th centuries AD. A photograph exhibition in the Museum’s auditorium shows three petroglyph sites in the Casas Grandes region.
A talk by Paul Minnis, PhD, on “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Paquimé in the International Four Corners,” is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, as part of the 2017 Lecture series. Book signing to follow.
El Paso Archaeological Society’s monthly meeting is 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Dr. Kendra Moore, Community Outreach Interpreter at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, speaks on “Interpreting the Past to Inspire the Future: The History of Interpretation at Hueco Tanks.” Admission is free; seating is limited
Weekly archery and atl-atl (spear thrower) demonstrations are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
A nature trail takes visitors through 17 acres of Chihuahuan Desert with 200 varieties of desert plants.
Summer Camp for ages 7-12 runs June 27-Aug. 1. See separate listing.
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, except for selected exhibits. Information: 212-0320 or elpasotexas.gov/history.
A Family Days “Crafts of the Border” event is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, to introduce families to some of the activities at summer camp.
An “Art With Maria: Pastels of the Desert” workshop is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10, with Maria Almeida Natividad. Materials provided.
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. Admission is free.
Summer camps for ages 7-12 are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, June 27-Aug. 11. Cost: $70 per camp ($55 museum members).
Lhakhang Cultural Exhibit — Located on UTEP’s Centennial Plaza, the lhakhang is open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, and 1 to 4:30 p.m. the first Sunday of each month, excluding holidays. The lhakhang is a replica of the lhakhangs found throughout the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, traditionally used as a place of meditation or reflection. Information: 747-8994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UTEP’s lhakhang is overseen by the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.
The UTEP lhakhang is a permanent cultural exhibit showcasing exquisite Bhutanese craftsmanship and artisanship. First displayed by the Smithsonian during its 2008 Folklife Festival, the Lhakhang was gifted to the people of the United States by the Kingdom of Bhutan and entrusted to the University of Texas at El Paso. It is the only structure of its kind outside of Bhutan.
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: $4 ($3 ages 6-18). Admission is free to Visitor Center. Group tours available with advance registration. Information: 533-5147, visitmagoffinhome.com or Facebook.
Building With Dirt half-day classes for ages 8-12 are 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, June 2-Aug. 11 (no class July 7). Cost: $10 per class in advance.
Tea Time! events for ages 8-12 are 9 a.m. to noon June 9 and June 30. Cost: $20 per person.
A “Time Travel: 1880’s El Paso” three-day camp is June 14-16, with games, food, and adventures designed to let participants discover all the things that make us unique. Hosted by Casa Magoffin Companeros. Cost: $60 in advance.
Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Featured books is “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886. Victorian era or steampunk dress encouraged, but not required. Cost: $5.
Yoga with Rebecca Hendricks is at 10 p.m. the second Saturday of the month (June 10) Free.
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 (until 8 p.m. Thursday); 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Information: (575) 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums or on Facebook.
• Showing June 16-Aug. 12: “Spirited: Prohibition in America.” From 1920 until 1933, America outlawed the manufacture, sale and transport of intoxicating beverages. The exhibit explores this tumultuous era, when flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and legends, such as Al Capone and Carry Nation, took sides in this battle against the bottle. Visitors will learn about the changing role of liquor in American culture, Prohibition’s impact on the Roaring ‘20s, and the role of women, and how current liquor laws vary from state to state.
• Showing June 30-Sept. 16: “Water on the Border,’ works by the Border Artists to bring awareness to lack of water and the importance of the Rio Grande through art.
• Showing through June 7: “Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century,” created by the International Wolf Center in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, and traveled by the Bell Museum of Natural History. The exhibit explores the uncertain future of wolves in a world increasingly dominated by humans.
• Showing through June 17: “Jack London, Photographer: Adventures in the Pacific,” Explore the South Pacific during the early 20th century through the exhibition of novelist Jack London’s photographs, curated by the Maritime Museum of San Diego. This exhibition includes images from London’s journey on the Snark, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the Russo-Japanese war.
The monthly History Notes Lecture Series is 1 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. The June 8 topic is “Sober by Statute: The Prohibition Experiment in New Mexico” with Jeff Schwen.
Bilingual Culture Club family programs for families are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays:
• June 3: Paper Boats
• June 10: Adventure Maps
• June 17: 1920s Feathered Headbands
• June 24: Playing Card Notebooks
Registration now open for “Cultures of the World” Summer Camps 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 6-July 28. Registration desk at the Museum of Nature and Science.
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 (until 8 p.m. Thursday); 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Information: (575) 522-3120 or las-cruces.org/museums.
The museum will be open until 7 p.m. Wednesdays during the summer 2017, with special events 5 to 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month: June 21: Explore ancient creatures from the Permian to the Present.
A behind-the-scenes tour of the nature center is 4:30 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month as part of the Downtown Ramble.
Animals Encounters are 10:30 a.m. Saturdays (some may include a hands-on segment).
• May 27: Mammals
• June 3: Animal Camouflage
• June 10: Animal Symbiosis
• June 17: Invertebrates and Arthropods
• June 24: Fish
• July 1: Amphibians
Endangered species talks are 1:30 p.m. the Third Wednesday of the month.
Pre-K Programs for ages 3-5 offered at 9 a.m. Thursdays:
• June 1: “Curious George and the Dinosaur” by Margret and H.A. Rey storytime
• June 8: Planeteers: The Sun
• June 15: Dinosaur Train: Ancient Herbivores
• June 22: Nature Kids: Tornadoes
• June 29: Nature Kids: Earthquakes
Scientific Fun for Families
Saturdays at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
• June 3: Steam Motors
• June 24: Alternative Energies
Monthly Saturday family workshops are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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.
Registration is underway for 2017 Summer camps running in June and July.
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 (until 8 p.m. Thursday); 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Friday Ramble. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free; donations encouraged. Information: (575) 647-4480 or museums.las-cruces.org.
• Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month. Families can try out early 20th century games and puzzles.
• Mrs. Prickett’s Story Time is 11 a.m. the second Thursday of each month for children of all age. Related activity for preschool age children follows. Toddler storytime is the first and third Thursday of each month.
• Brown Bag lectures are noon to 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month.
• Rail Readers Book Club meets at 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month.
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.
Santa Fe based writer and New Mexico film historian Jeff Berg will present a new version of his “Made in New Mexico” film clip anthology, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, as part of the museum’s Culture Series. Berg, a former volunteer at the museum, is the author of “New Mexico Filmmaking,” a history of some of the over 800 movies shot at least in part in New Mexico. The presentation is a compilation of clips from movies that in some way feature people who were born in New Mexico or have lived here or live here now. Audience participation is encouraged and admission is free.
Showing through June 18: “What’s the Buzz? Why Honey Bees Matter.”
Showing through July 9: “Weaving in New Mexico: The Ancestral Puebloan and Rio Grande Traditions,” featuring ancient textile creations of the ancestral Puebloans and the jewels of Rio Grande weaving from 1850 to the present. Exhibit includes 48 artifacts from rugs to looms and tools.
Showing through Aug. 6: “A Movable Feast: Foods of New Mexico,” presented by the New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter.
Meet The Producer exhibit in the Horse & Cattle Barn. Currently featured is Old Windmill Dairy, founded in 2007 in Estancia by Michael and Edward Lobaugh.
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 are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. select Saturdays. Participation is free with paid museum admission.
• May 27: Memorial Day “red, white and blue” crafts.
• June 3: Summertime Fun
• June 10: Catching Dreams
• June 17: Father’s Day Crafts
Summer Camp for Kids runs June 6-July 27 for ages 4-12.
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.
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.
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; 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. 3: “Turning Points in Teaching: Early Education and the Annual Summer Normal in Alpine.”
An opening reception for “Terry Cockerham: Big Bend and The Terlinga project” is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 16. Photography talks and presentations are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Guided photo walks and hikes are Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18.
The 2017 Summer Art Camps are 9 a.m. to noon for age 7-9, and 1 to 4 p.m. for age 10-14, Monday through Friday, June 5-9 and July 24-28. Cost: $20; space is limited; bring a snack and drink daily.
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. Information: (877) 333-6589, (575) 437-2840 or nmspacemuseum.org.
Showing in the Induction Gallery is an exhibit honoring the Hall of Fame’s newest inductee, “Star Trek” creator, Gene Roddenberry (who was born in El Paso).
The Launch Pad Lecture Series is 9 to 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month. The June 2 lecture is “Studying the Goddess: Venusian Probes and Landers.” Admission is free; coffee and donuts provided.
The museum’s week-long ‘Rocketeer Academy’ summer camps run June 5 through July for kids in grades K-9.
See “Film Scene” for the IMAX schedule. Combo tickets available (included museum entrance and one IMAX ticket): $12 ($10 seniors and military, $8 children.
A Warehouse 1402; Behind the Scenes Tour is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 24 (tentative).
The museum hosts “The Great SW UN-Eclipse RV Rally” a 3-and-a-half-day event highlighting Otero County destinations Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18-21, around the date of the total solar eclipse.
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 — 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.
Summer hours begin Memorial Day weekend: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5 ($3 ages 6 to 12). Group rates and tours available with prior notice. Information: (575) 682-2932.
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. Group tours offered with advance notice. Admission: $3 suggested donation. Information: (575) 538-5921, 1-877-777-7947 (out of town), or silvercitymuseum.org.
Showing through Sept. 4: “The Disappearing Mining Landscape of Grant County,” an exhibit by photographer Ann McMahon and geologist Andrew Lindlof. The exhibit documents mining history with new photographs and mining specimens.
Showing through Dec. 31: “50 Years Ago in Silver City,” as part of a year of activities and events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Silver City museum. Artifacts and photographs of the era from the Silver City Museum’s collection and on loan from community members will be on display.
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.
A La Luz Pottery Tour is 9 a.m. Saturday, June 3. The tour lasts one to two hours; bring water and walking shoes. Information, directions: alamogordohistory.com.
Newer 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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