July 2017

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.
  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.
  The museum’s summer camps for kids in grades 4-6 are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, through July 11, at the museum’s Education Center. Registration; $50 per camp; $55 after deadline. Space is limited to first 20 who sign up. Information/registration: Kaye Mullins, 747-8994 or kmullins@utep.edu.

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.
  The Museum summer camp “Stand Up. Speak Out. – Everyone Can Be a Hero,” is 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 17-21 for ages 8-12. Space is limited. Cost: $50. Information: Jamie Williams, 351-0048, ext. 28, or jamie@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/.
  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.
  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 through Aug. 1.

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.
  The museum celebrates “The History of Ice Cream” 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 22,on Cleveland Square Park with a Barbershop quartet, activities and learning about how ice cream used to be made, ice cream making, origami bowls and more.
  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 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, June 27-Aug. 11. Cost: $70 per camp ($55 museum members).

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.
  Free hands-on fencing demonstrations with Margaret de Long and her staff at Salle de Long are 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 1 and Aug. 5. Call for reservations.
  Getting Crafty with Art classes for age 12-14 are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12-14. Explore arts and crafts from the 1880s to modern times. Class fee: $75.
  Building With Dirt half-day classes for ages 8-12 are 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, through 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 30, July 21 and Aug. 11. Cost: $20 per person.
  Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Featured book is “The Coming Race” by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Victorian era or steampunk dress encouraged, but not required. Cost: $5.
   Yoga with Rebecca Hendricks is at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of the month (July 8). 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. 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.

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 through 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.
  Movie Night screening of the documentary “The Silence of Cricket Coogler,” is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday July 5, followed by a discussion with the director Richard Startzman.
  Yoga in the Courtyard is 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2.
  The monthly History Notes Lecture Series is 1 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.
  Bilingual Culture Club family programs for families are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays:
July 1: Sensory Cacti
July 8: Portrait Decoration
July 15: Egg Maracas
July 22: Watercolor and Salt Art
July 29: Luchador Mask Making
Aug. 5: Sunflowers
  International Cat Day Activities are 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8.
  “Cultures of the World” summer programs are 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through July 27. 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, with special events the third Wednesday of each month: July 19: Biology Event with NMSU, 5 to 7 p.m.
  Summer camps run through 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.
  Needle Punch Embroidery Class is 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, July 20 and 27, to, learn this Victorian craft and create something beautiful for your home. Cost: $10, registration required.
  The Las Cruces Museums will be open late every Wednesday during the summer 2017. A “Railroads in U.S. History” screening is 5 to 6 p.m. July 26.

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 presentation, “Apache Land: From Those Who Lived It,” blending oral history, art and historic photographs, is at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13, as part of the museum’s Cultural Series. Karl Laumbach will talk about the “The Art and Oral Historical Record of Keith Humphries.”
  The 14th annual Ice Cream Sunday is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16, on National Ice Cream Day. First 600 paying visitors receive a coupon for a free 5-ounce cup of Caliche’s Frozen Custard. Ice cream making, living history and old fashioned games also featured. The annual ice cream sandwich eating contest and race is 2:30 p.m.; registration required and begins at noon; space is limited. Activities free with paid museum admission.
  Crafts for Kids are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. selected, Saturdays. Crafts are free with museum admission.
July 1: Fourth of July crafts
July 8: Watermelon Crawl
July 22: Ladybug, Ladybug Fly Away Home.
July 29: Back to School
  Showing through July 9: “Weaving in New Mexico: The Ancestral Puebloan and Rio Grande Traditions.”
  Showing through Aug. 6: “A Movable Feast: Foods of New Mexico,” presented by the New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter.
  Summer Camp for Kids runs through 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.
  Showing through Aug. 18: “New Acquisitions/Nuevas Adquisiciones.” Closing reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18.
  The museum hosts “OutsmART: Today’s Kids/Tomorrow’s Artists” free activities 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. through July 15, geared towards ages 5 to 15, and culminating in an art show showcasing finished works by the children.

White Sands Missile Range Museum and Missile Park —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. Information: (575) 678-8824 (local call) or wsmr-history.org.


Deming Luna Mimbres Museum — 301 S. Silver, Deming, N.M. 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. 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). 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. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: (432) 837-8143, museum@sulross.edu or museumofthebigbend.com.
  Showing through Sept. 3: “Turning Points in Teaching: Early Education and the Annual Summer Normal in Alpine.”

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 or nmspacemuseum.org.
  The Launch Pad Lecture Series is 9 to 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month. The July 7 lecture is “The Dean of Science Fiction: Home Grown New Mexican” with Museum Education Specialist Michael Shinabery. Admission is free; coffee and donuts provided.
  The museum’s week-long “Rocketeer Academy” summer camps run through July for kids in grades K-9.
  See “Film Scene” for the IMAX schedule. Combo tickets available.
  The museum hosts “The Great SW UN-Eclipse RV Rally” a 3-and-a-half-day event highlighting Otero County destinations Friday through Monday, Aug. 18-21, around the date of the total solar eclipse.

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.
  Summer hours: 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); $1 military discount with valid ID. Group rates and tours available with prior notice. Information: (575) 682-2932 or cloudcroftmuseum.com.
  Mountain Music is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 8.

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. 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.
  Showing through Dec. 31: “50 Years Ago in Silver City.”
  The 34th annual Ice Cream Social is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 in the courtyard, with live music, children’s activities and more. Cake walk, ice cream cones, root beer floats, beverages and popcorn.

Toy Train Depot — Alameda Park, 1991 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo. Hours are noon to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission: $4. Information: (575) 437-2855.

Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum — 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.

WNMU Museum — 1000 West College Ave., Silver City, N.M. (575) 538-6386. 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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