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 July 6: “The Border Does Not Divide: Artists and Art on the Border,” The student-led photography exhibit, highlighting artists along the U.S./Mexico border.
Showing through Oct 5: “Uncaged Art: Tornillo Children’s Detention Camp,” a multisensory exhibit based on art that the teenagers created during their confinement. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services detained more than 6,000 teenagers from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and other Central and South American countries in the temporary detention center on the eastern fringe of El Paso County. A social studies teacher assigned to the shelter gave the youth a four-day art project. The only instruction was to think of their home communities. The teenagers created hundreds of drawings, sketches, paintings, dresses and sculptures that involved birds, parks, churches and a soccer field.
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 — The museum at 6111 S. Desert contains (at Perches Funeral Home) articles, memorabilia, curios and antiques that aim to educate the community and honor the “one of man’s oldest cultures, professions,” and rituals and to celebrate the traditions of the funeral service industry. The museum also looks at the artistry of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; open Sundays on special exhibit weekends. Admission is free; donations welcome. Information: 581-0102 or elpasofuneralmuseum.com.
Homenaje a Frida Kahlo is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 6, with a viewing of the “Frida Kahlo” movie, art classes, a junior Frida Kahlo contest, folkloric ballet, and a Frida Kahlo look-a-like contest.
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.
Showing through July 5: ”The Anguish of Liberation as Reflected in Art,” based on works from the Yad Vashem Art Collection, which were created 1945-1947 by Holocaust survivors. The works express the profound emotions of unspeakable suffering and loss, as well as the relief and joy of liberation.
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.
“Be Incredible! Summer Camp” is 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 22-26, for age 8-12, with games and activities, art and music, and more. Kids discover everyone can make a difference and be a hero. Cost: $50 ($40 per siblings in and museum members); includes camp t-shirt, snacks, supplies and a pizza party. Some scholarships available. Registration: Cynthia Serafin, 351-0048,firstname.lastname@example.org, or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
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 (closed July 4 for Independence Day). Museum is open until 9 p.m. Thursdays through the end of August. Admission is free. Information: 212-0421, archaeology.elpasotexas.gov, or on Facebook at EPMArch.
Showing through Sept. 14:
• “Language of the Stone: Rock Art of the Jornada Mogollon” showcasing photographs of petroglyphs and pictographs; and “Ancient Borderland: The Jornada Mogollon,” presenting general information and artifacts about these enigmatic people.
Showing through Jan. 11, 2020: “An Ageless Craft: Historic and Modern Pueblo Pottery,” displaying the work of potters from most of the Rio Grande and Western Pueblos including Maria Martinez, of San Ildefonso, the Nampeyo family of First Mesa (Hopi), and Albert Alvidrez of Ysleta del Sur.
Free archery and atl-atl demonstrations are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6 and 27, and every Saturday in August (weather permitting) for all ages under the supervision of field marshals. Equipment provided.
Open House is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, with refreshments, short films, hands on activities and behind the scenes tours for all ages.
Archaeology Family Day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, with activities for kids, films, mock excavations, and Tigua bread & chili tasting.
Free showings of the movie “Cahokia Mounds-Ancient Metropolis” from Camera One’s Ancient America Series are 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, in the auditorium. The film highlights Cahokia, an ancient metropolis of the Mississippian culture.
Workshops with Maria Natividad (for ages 18 and older) are 6 to 8 p.m. on selected Thursdays. Cost: $40 per workshop ($25 members); includes supplies. Preregistration required at 212-3273.
• July 11: Repujado (metal embossing)
• July 25: Amate Painting (Mexican folk art on bark fiber paper)
Free presentations from the museum’s Lecture Series are at 2 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month. Seating is limited to 75 people.
• July 27: ”Beauty from the Earth: An Introduction to Pueblo Pottery” by Jeff Romney, in conjunction with the Museum’s ongoing exhibit “An Ageless Craft.”
• Aug. 24: “The Macaws of Paquimé, Chihuahua, Mexico,” by Michael E. Whalen, Ph.D.
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 Sept. 22: “From Fire and Earth,” pottery traditions of the Casas Grande Medio Period, featuring ceramics from the permanent collections of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, El Paso Museum of Art and private collections.
Showing through Sept. 29: “El Paso Community College’s 50th Anniversary: Honoring the Past, Building the Future.”
• Showing through November: “Pride Cinema: Queer Film and Culture in the 20th and 21st Century,” featuring films focused on LGBTQ+ issues such as “Milk,” “Paris is Burning” and “Longtime Companion.” Local histories are paired with these films highlighting these issues within the borderland community.
On display at the museum is Tom Lea’s mural “Southwest,” which has been temporarily moved from the El Paso Public Library due to renovations.
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.
Four-day summer camps are 8 a.m. to noon for age 8-18 run Tuesdays through Fridays through July 26. Cost: $70 per camp ($55 museum members). Preregistration: 867-6261, CepedaDX@elpasotexas.gov or history.elpasotexas.gov.
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.
• Bread Pudding cooking class is 10 a.m. (family-friendly) and 1 p.m. (for adults), Saturday, July 6. $5. Call to reserve a spot; tools and ingredients provided.
• A free Braintrust Bag Lunch mini-lecture is noon Wednesday, July 10. Susan Barnum will discuss “The Mayoral Election of 1897” by Machelle Wood.
• Yoga is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13 and 27. Free.
• “Make-a-Thing” arts and crafts are 10 a.m. the third Thursday of each month. The July 18 project is bud vases. Cost: $10.
• Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, to discuss “The Invisible Man,” by H.G. Wells.
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.
The museum will host several classes for kids 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on selected dates during the summer months. Cost per class: $20.
• “Building El Paso: A Simulation!, Friday, June 28 for age 8-14.
• Corn Husk Dolls: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29, for ages 8-14.
Adobe “Building With Dirt” class for ages 6 and older is 9 a.m. to noon June 29. Cost: $10.
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 (starting July 1): $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 — 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. Information: (575) 541-2154, las-cruces.org or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
Showing through July 20: “The Front Porch,” photographs by local artist Storm Sermay that survey front porches in the Mesilla Valley and beyond.
Showing through Sept. 7: “Originales,” Lidia Avina explores childhood memories and New Mexico culture through paintings and ceramic works.
Showing July 5-Oct. 19: “Preserving Our Stories: The Mesquite Historic District,” an exhibit about the Mesquite neighborhood. Part of the original townsite of modern day Las Cruces, the neighborhood was once a section of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and home to the Manso tribe.
Showing Aug. 2-Sept. 21: “River Stories: Community and Politics of the Rio Grande,” artwork by Zeke Peña. Peña uses comic format to document a narrative of oral histories, folklore, and popular culture unique to
indigenous and Latinx communities along the Rio Grande.
Comic Book Saturdays are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays in August and September, in conjunction with Peña’s exhibit. Participants of all ages can look through comics that explore similar themes, and create a comic that relates to that theme.
History Notes lecture series is 1 p.m. Thursday, July 11. Jorge A. Hernández will talk on “Chicanos in Liminal Time and Space: An Exploration of Historical Narratives.”
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.
The museum will be open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 28. Special programs are 5 to 7 p.m.:
Culture camps are 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in through July. Preregistration required: Kyle Dickson, (575) 541-2219.
• July 15-19: Holidays of the World Camp for grades 1-2.
• July 22-26: Spanish Art Camp for grades 3-5.
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, 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.
Now featured is the exhibit “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.
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.
A STEAMPunk presentation to discover the stories behind science’s greatest rebels is 11:30 a.m. one Saturday a month. The July 13 presentation is on astronaut John Glenn.
The museum will host a Full Moon Hike of Dripping Springs Natural Area, beginning at the Dripping Springs Visitor Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. A $5 Dripping Springs day use fee applies.
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.
Saturday Family Science hands-on challenges are 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. The July 6 topic is Rockets. The Aug. 3 topic is Solar Ovens.
Super Scientists drop-in activities for all ages are 10 a.m. to noon select Saturdays. “Brain Day” is July 27.
The museum will be open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 28. Special programs are 5 to 7 p.m. selected nights:
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. Admission is free; donations encouraged. Information: (575) 528-3444, las-cruces.org or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
Brown Bag Lectures series is noon, Tuesday, July 9. Dan Flores, founder of
Facebook site Las Cruces Memory Lane presents “Las Cruces Memory Lane: A Look Back at Our History.”
Mrs. Prickett and her puppets story and activity for preschool children is 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11, on “Earl the Squirrel” by Don Freeman.
Adults coloring group meets 10 a.m. to noon Friday, July 12 and 26.
Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 13.
Rail Readers Book Club meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, to discuss “Mystery at the Mortuary” by Donna Milburn.
The museum will be open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 28, with special programming 5 to 7 p.m. selected nights:
‘Living in Sacred Continuum’ — Pottery designed and crafted by people of the Mimbres Valley and surrounding areas from A.D. 1000 to 1130 will be on display through Dec. 15, at NMSU’s American Indian Student Center, 3015 Locust. The exhibition is the result of research NMSU Anthropology professor and director of the University Museum Fumi Arakawa conducted in collaboration with Atsunori Ito at the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Japan. email@example.com.
In September through December, Arakawa will host each of five Hopi artists represented who will give a workshop or lecture at the University Museum in the Kent Hall. Details to be announced.
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.
An evening of Chautauqua-like performances depicting New Mexico’s historical characters is 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, as part of the museum’s Cultural Series. Performance feature Neil Fuller portraying his grandfather, cattle rancher Charles Fuller; Beth Czerniak portraying Luciana Rynerson, wife of Col. William Logan Rynerson; Sara Addison portraying Ms. Mattie, camp follower and laundress at Fort Cummings; Loni Todoroki portraying “Silly Sally,” local school marm; and John Smith portraying Gen. Henry Hopkins Sibley, who led a Confederate army of 3,000 men into New Mexico.
Archaeology Afternoon events for age 8-14 are 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 12. Learn how people find sites, they excavate them, and what happens to the things that they find. Cost: $3 per student; register by July 9; space is limited. Registration: friend16th snmfarmandranchmuseum.com.
The annual Ice Cream Sunday is noon to 4 p.m. on “National Ice Cream Day” Sunday, July 21. First 600 people with paid museum admission receive coupon for a free 5-ounce cup of Caliche’s Frozen Custard to use at the Museum during the afternoon. Visitors can make their own ice cream using tin cans or plastic bags. The annual ice cream sandwich eating races 2:30 p.m., with registration noon to 2 p.m. Only those who sign up will be allowed to compete.
Candle Making for all ages is 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 6 and 27. Guests hand-dip their own wax candle to take home; children must have adult supervision. Regular museum admission applies, plus $1 for each additional candle.
Showing in the Arts Corridor through Aug. 4: “Animals of the Southwest," 34 pastel paintings by Dinah Swan. Swan’s paintings include wild animals such as bears, coyotes and birds, to domestic animals like cattle, horses and cats.
Showing through 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.
Showing through Dec. 2 in the North Corridor: “Grist for the Mill.”
Craft for Kids are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays; free with museum admission.
• June 29: Salt Fireworks
• July 6: Felt Pillows
• July 13: Pinecone Pineapple
• July 20: Ice Cream Cone
• July 27: Chuck Wagons
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Felting Workshop is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13. All materials will be provided. Fee: $10.
• Three-day Weaving Workshops are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2,3 and 9, and Aug. 16-17 and 23, for ages 14 to adult. Fee is $60.
The 2019 Summer Camps run selected Tuesday through Thursdays through July. Registration at friendsnmfarmandranchmuseum.com.
• Wonders of Wool for ages 7-11 is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 9-11. Registration (by July 4): $35; $30 members.:
• Little Farmers Story Time for ages 5-8 is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 23-25. Registration (by July 18): $30; $25 members.
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/museums/.
• Live Long & Prosper: Sci-Fi Images in Contemporary Indigenous Art,” with more than 40 works of art by contemporary indigenous artists.
• “Entomomania: Insects in Art and Culture,” focusing on specific insects and how they have influenced culture, the world and how people interact with the natural world.
The museum’s permanent exhibit is “Pottery from the Americas,” featuring nearly 600 pottery vessels representing Southwestern and Mesoamerican ceramics.
Summer Wednesday Evening Programs — The four museums of the Las Cruces Museum System will be open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during the summer months, through Aug. 28, with special programs each week. Programs are 5 to 7 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Information: las-cruces.org or on Facebook.
The museums are the Las Cruces Museum of Art, Branigan Cultural Center and the Museum of Nature and Science, at 411-501 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, and the Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla.
• July 3: Train Dominoes at the Railroad Museum, and “Art 21” Art in the 21st Century documentary at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Art.
• July 10: Bioluminescence presentation is 5 p.m. at the Museum of Nature and Science, and “Goodnight Train” pajama storytime is 6:30 p.m. at the Railroad Museum.
• July 17: “Elements of Art: Shape” at the Museum of Art, and Family STEM Night on “Space” at the Museum of Nature and Science.
• July 24: Crime Scene Science at the Museum of Nature and Science, and Summer Cooking Recipe Swap at the Branigan Cultural Center.
• July 31: Family Art Night at the Museum of Art and Skull-tastic animal skull presentation at the Museum of Nature and Science.
• Aug. 7: “Pioneers of the Mesilla Valley” presented by Hank Caruthers is 6 p.m. at the Railroad Museum, and Loteria at the Branigan Cultural Center.
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.
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. 2: “Everything is Also Something Else,” photographs by Burton Pritzker from his “Texas Rangeland” and “Forgotten Planes” series as well as new works.
Summer Art Camp, “Into the Wild Blue Yonder,” is 9 a.m. to noon (age 7-9) and 1 to 4 p.m. (age 11-14) July 8-12.
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 July 5 topic is “Where Were You: Apollo X,” with museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. Admission is free.
‘Rocketeer Academy’ week-long science summer camps run through Aug. 2 for kids in grades K-9. Camps are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. Cost per week: $160-$290, depending on program; available on first come, first serve basis. No camps week of July 4. Registration at nmspacemuseum.org.
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.
Showing through 2019 is “Ranching in Grant County” exhibit exploring the history, art, social organizations, sports, and culture that surround this rural lifestyle.
The annual Independence Day Ice Cream Social is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 4, with live music, traditional children’s games, dress up in costume, and set up tent and the Cake Walk, with more than 70 cakes, all of which are donated by individuals, organizations, and businesses. This year’s theme is “Cake Kingpin.”
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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