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MUSEUMS & LIBRARIES

The City of Las Cruces Museum System consists of the Branigan Cultural Center, the Las Cruces Museum of Art, the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History, and the Las Cruces Railroad Museum.

The Las Cruces Museum of Art and the Branigan Cultural Center are located side-by-side on the Downtown Mall at North Main Street. These two facilities focus on traditional and contemporary art and cultural exhibitions, classes, and programming. The Branigan Cultural Center is on the State and National Registry of Historic Places.

The Las Cruces Museum of Natural History is located within the Mesilla Valley Mall. Its mission is to broaden the understanding of natural history, science, and the environment of the Chihuahuan Desert. Educational programs and guided Chihuahuan tours for children and adults are offered throughout the year.

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum is located in the historic Santa Fe Depot at 351 Mesilla St. at the intersection of Las Cruces Ave. The museum interprets the impact of the railroad on the Mesilla Valley and Las Cruces. Guided tours, field trips and public programs are held throughout the year.

 
    BRANIGAN CULTURAL CENTER
Branigan Cultural CenterThe Branigan Cultural Center has as its focus the history and culture of the region. Built during the Great Depression to serve as the City’s main library, this building was rededicated as a city cultural facility in 1981. The Branigan Cultural Center is comprised of several small galleries and the larger Shannon Room, which is a temporary exhibition gallery and performance hall. Permanent and changing exhibitions and educational programming provide insight into the region’s interesting past and lively present. Admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is FREE.
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    LAS CRUCES MUSEUM OF ART
Museum of ArtThe Museum of Art hosts traveling exhibits and features the works of regionally and nationally known artists. The exhibits change several times a year and are often accompanied by lectures, programs, and demonstrations. The Studio Program also offers classes in drawing & painting, ceramics, weaving, digital photography, and other media. The Las Cruces Museum of Art strives to engage and inspire its diverse audience through contemporary art exhibitions, public programming, and educational activities. Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE
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    LAS CRUCES MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Museum of Natural HistoryThe Las Cruces Museum of Natural History is located in the Mesilla Valley Mall and is dedicated to broadening people’s understanding of natural history, science, and the environment of New Mexico and the Chihuahuan Desert. We offer exhibits and educational programs geared towards this mission. The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center houses more than 40 live animals from our area. Admission to the Museum of Natural History is FREE.
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    LAS CRUCES RAILROAD MUSEUM
Railroad MuseumThe Las Cruces Railroad Museum is located in the historic Santa Fe Depot at 351 Mesilla St. at the intersection of Las Cruces Ave. The museum interprets the impact of the railroad on the Mesilla Valley and Las Cruces. Guided tours, field trips and public programs are held throughout the year. Admission to the Las Cruces Railroad is FREE.
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    THOMAS BRANIGAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Thomas Branigan LibraryBranigan Library serves the people of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County. A small reading room was established at the Munson Senior Center to provide senior citizens with access to Library materials. Children's story hours are conducted three times a week and the Summer Reading Program continues to be a popular event for children and families; Branigan Library also has a Young Adult department to serve local teens. The computer lab has over twenty-five public computers with access to the internet and a whole range of computer programs and a laser printer.
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    NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
NMSU LibraryThe New Mexico State University Library is located on the main campus of NMSU in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Our two buildings, Branson Library and Zuhl Library, contain materials which are divided between the buildings by subjects. Any New Mexico resident can check out materials from the NMSU Library.
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    BICENTENNIAL LOG CABIN MUSEUM
Log Cabin MuseumThe Las Cruces log cabin museum dates from the late 1870s, when it was built in the once-flourishing mining town of Grafton, NM. It was disassembled and brought to Las Cruces in celebration of the Bicentennial. Due to planned road construction, the cabin was moved from Las Cruces to the Pioneer Store Museum in Chloride, NM.
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MORE AREA MUSEUMS

NM Museum of Space History

The mission of the Museum of Space History is to educate the people of New Mexico and our visitors from around the world in the history, science, and technology of space. The museum stresses the significant role that the state of New Mexico has played in the development of the U.S. Space Program through collecting, preserving, and interpreting significant artifacts relevant to the history of space.

Highway 2001
Alamogordo, NM 88310
(575) 437-2840


www.nmspacemuseum.org
     
     
  NM Farm and Ranch
Heritage Museum


The interactive museum, which has welcomed visitors from all over the world, brings to life the 3,000-year history of farming and ranching in New Mexico. The enormous main building contains more than 24,000 square feet of exhibit space, along with catering space for meetings and events, a mercantile and theater. The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is 47 acres packed with real stories about real people.

4100 Dripping Springs Rd
Las Cruces, NM 88011
(575) 522-4100


www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org
 
     
     
  NM State University Museum

The Museum collections are primarily anthropological with secondary collections in history and the natural sciences. Collections document the cultural diversity of the border in the Greater Southwest and northern Mexico. Exhibits focus on the traditions of on-going historic and prehistoric cultures. The Museum also provides public lectures on a variety of topics. These lectures feature faculty, staff, and visiting experts who present insights on cultural traditions, events, and activities

Kent Hall 
(University & Solano)
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(575) 646-3739


www.nmsu.edu/~museum
 
     
     
  Space Murals Museum

Located ten miles east of Las Cruces, is Space Murals, Inc. The facility resides inside a 1.2 million gallon water tank, with a painted murals circling the entire tank. The murals depict the progress of the US Space Program from the early flights of the X-15 to the fatal accident of the Challenger Space Shuttle. Most of the museum's inside displays were donated or on loan from, people who have an interest in the Space Program. New artifacts are arriving almost daily.

12450 US Hwy 70 East

Organ, NM 88052
(575) 382-0977


www.zianet.com/spacemurals
 
     
     
  White Sands Missile
Range Museum


At the White Sands Missile Range museum you can trace the origin of America's missile and space activity, find out how the atomic age began and learn about scientists like Dr. Wernher von Braun and Dr. Clyde Tombaugh. The museum also provides a window on the pre-history of the region, early pioneering efforts, mining, and the Army’s 19th century contributions to the settlement of Southern New Mexico. Outside the museum is a missile park displaying a variety of missiles and rockets tested at White Sands.

4 miles south of U.S. 70
between markers 169 and 170

WSMR, NM 88002
(575) 678-8824


www.wsmr-history.org
 
     
     
  War Eagles Air Museum

The War Eagles Air Museum is dedicated to collecting, restoring and displaying historic aircraft of World War II and the Korean Conflict eras. This unique Museum pays special tribute to military aviation and reminds us all of the significant role these airplanes, their pilots and support crews played in securing our freedom. Most of this magnificent collection is maintained in flying condition. The Museum also features various educational programs, exhibits and special events that help preserve our heritage and promote pride in our country.

8012 Airport Rd.

Santa Teresa, NM 88008
(575) 589-2000


www.war-eagles-air-museum.com
 
     
     
  Zuhl Geological
Collection at NMSU


The collection contains petrified wood, fossils, rocks, and minerals. Several displays enable viewers to see the beauty that is discovered when petrified wood is cut and polished to highlight the mineral content that replaced wood fiber so many millions of years ago. Located at the NMSU Library and the Alumni and Visitor's Center.

2911 McFie Circle
(library)
775 College Drive
(alumni)
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(575) 646-2932
(library)
(575) 646-3616
(alumni)


www.nmsu.edu/~geology/zuhl
 
     
   
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