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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 Dec. 16:
• “La Frontera: A Century of Division and Resistance” in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month. The exhibit explores the increased “hardening” of the border since 1917 as well as the resistance to governmental policies and legislation. Curated by the Department of History’s graduate public history interns and features artwork about the border from local artists.
• “Bracero Memories,” exploring the complex history of the Bracero Program, which brought Mexican laborers to work in the U.S. from 1942 to 1964. Using photographs, oral histories and artifacts, this exhibit presents the braceros’ memories, accomplishments and frustrations while living and working in the U.S. Presented in collaboration with the Center for Border Farmworkers.
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.
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 museum and the El Paso Jewish Federation film series hosts a screening of “The People vs. Fritz Bauer” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 Montecillo. Tickets: $10 ($6 seniors, students and military). Information: Brenda Ehrlich, 203-3334.
Nominations are being taken through Dec. 15 for the 3rd Annual Henry Kellen Founder's. The award honors an individual, family or group who personifies the vision, tenacity and passion of Keller, his commitment to the Museum and its mission to combat prejudice and bigotry. Nominations, information: email@example.com.
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/.
A talk on “Mimbres: West, North, East and South” by Stephen H. Lekson, Ph.D. is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, as part of the museum’s lecture series.
Showing through Feb. 24:
• “Pensamientos: Visions on Canvas,” showcases the art of Maria Ibarra. Ibarra, a descendant of the Rarámuri (Tarahumara) people, will show ten paintings representing scenes from Rarámuri daily life in the Sierra Madre Mountains of southwestern Chihuahua, Mexico.
• “Railroad Era Pottery: The Tourist Trade Comes to Isleta Pueblo,” from the collection of Albert Alvidrez. Alvidrez, the former governor of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and an avid collector of Railroad Era Isleta Pottery, is a skilled potter himself.
Weekly archery and atl-atl (spear thrower) demonstrations are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
A nature trail takes visitors through 17 acres of Chihuahuan Desert with 200 varieties of desert plants.
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 “Speed Dating the Saints” event is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, to get to know 12 or more common Saints in the Catholic Church. Guest spend a minute or two learning about each one and share what they learned for prizes. Cost: $10 ($5 museum members).
Showing through Feb. 18 in the Wall of Giants series is “First Steps: A Commemoration of St. Patrick Cathedral and Cathedral High School.”
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.
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: $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.
The annual Holiday Open house is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with music, cookies and cocoa, and free activities for kids.
Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, to discuss “The Book of Dreams and Ghosts” by Andrew Lang. 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 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. All city museums closed Dec. 23-26.Information: (575) 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums or on Facebook.
• Showing Dec. 1-March 10: “MakeShift” by Lxs Dos, consisting of Ramon and Christian Cardena. The husband and wife artists’ works are ethnographic in nature, illustrating the border region through a series of photographs, paintings, posters, and an installation.
Opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, during theDowntown Ramble.
• Showing Dec. 8-Jan. 13: “Native Voices: Native People's Concepts of Health and Illness,” exploring the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.
A lecture on “Health in the Native Community” by Sibella Salazar at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.
Additional events for Native Voices at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho:
• Film screening of “Sun Kissed” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, and of “Medicine Woman” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14.
• Book discussion on “Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge” by Vic Glover at noon Tuesday, Dec. 12.
• Children’s program for ages 6-10 at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.
Showing through Jan. 6: “Trotando Pasos Ajenos: Social Justice Inequalities in the Region.” The bilingual exhibit promoting awareness and dialogue about social justice topics.
In conjunction with the exhibit is a screening of filmmaker Daniel Aguilera’s “Fruits of Labor” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5.
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. All city museums closed Dec. 23-26. Information: (575) 522-3120 or las-cruces.org/museums.
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.
Endangered species talks are 1:30 p.m. the Third Wednesday of the month.
Pre-K Programs for ages 3-5 offered at 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays
Scientific Fun for Families Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Dec. 2 theme is “Electric seasonal cards.”
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.
“Deck Your Halls Holiday Blitz” is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9, at all four Las Cruces museums.
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. All city museums closed Dec. 23-26. Admission is free; donations encouraged. Information: (575) 647-4480 or museums.las-cruces.org.
The museum’s 13th annual Holiday Open House is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, with a visit from Santa, special holiday model trains. extravagant decorations throughout the building, including five beautiful Christmas trees, free crafts for kids, holiday music; and cider and cookies for all. Holiday music 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. by the Good Time Singers and accordionist Veronika Barnes. Light refreshments will be served. Decorations will be up through Jan. 6.
Coloring Club for Adults is 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, Dec. 8 and 22.
“Deck Your Halls Holiday Blitz” is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9, at all four Las Cruces museums.
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.
Showing through Dec. 3: “On the Wing: The Avian Photography of Nirmal Khandan.”
Showing through Sept. 16, 2018: “NM Farm & Livestock Bureau: 100 Years Strong.”
Meet the Producer exhibit in the Horse & Cattle Barn currently features Jones Debouillet Sheep, a breed developed in New Mexico.
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.
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; $1 Ruidoso Downs residents; free for children 5 and younger and museum members). Information: (575) 378-4142, hubbardmuseum.org or on Facebook.
Showing through Dec. 20: Life and Art: The Wyeth-Hurd Family in the Hondo Valley.
Showing through Dec. 31: “25 Years of the Hubbard Museum.”
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 Dec. 17: “Charlie Russell Heads West,” exhibit featuring works by the Cowboy Artist of America.
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). Closed Christmas day. Call for school tours and group ticket arrangements. 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 Dec. 1 lecture is “Running Around the World: Exercise in Space” with Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. Admission is free; coffee and donuts provided.
A “Warehouse 1402: Holidays in Space” tour is 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.
See “Film Scene” for the IMAX schedule. Combo tickets available (included museum entrance and one IMAX ticket): $12 ($10 seniors and military, $8 children.
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.
Winter hours (weather permitting): 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. Group tours offered with advance notice. Admission: $3 suggested donation. Information: (575) 538-5921, 1-877-777-7947 (out of town), or silvercitymuseum.org.
The 33rd annual Victorian Christmas celebration is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, with live music, treats, costumes, hands-on activities for all ages, and a visit from Saint Nicholas.
Showing through Dec. 10: ”Arte Chicano de San Vicente 2017,” featuring artwork of area Chicano artists Dayna Griego, Peter Garcia, and Ruben Gonzales.
Showing through Dec. 31: “50 Years Ago in Silver City,” as part of a year of 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.
Showing Jan. 12 through May 2018: “Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico.” The exhibit traces flamenco to its arrival in the United States and its rise as an international art form now enjoyed by millions. It includes costumes (both historic and contemporary), musical instruments, costume and set design sketches, playbills, sheet music, posters, and more. Opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12.
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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