April 2020

At the Museum

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Nearly all museums are closed until further notice. Events and exhibits continuing past mid-April are listed.

Centennial Museum
— University at Wiggins, UTEP. The museum is closed until further notice. Normal hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 747-6667 or museum.utep.edu.
  The Lhakhang it temporarily closed, but the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens remains open as long as people maintain a physical distance from other visitors. The museum will post updates via Facebook.
  The 26th annual FloraFest 2020 native plant sale and fundraiser, the largest of its kind in the region, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. Event is pending resolution of the current coronavirus crisis.

El Paso Funeral Museum — 6111 S. Desert (at Perches Funeral Home). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; open Sundays on special exhibit weekends. Admission is free. Information: 581-0102 or elpasofuneralmuseum.com.
  A free celebration of Victorian Era and Educational Month event is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25, with Memento Mori, Mourning jewelry craft with hair, taught by Michelle Denise Bocanegra from Tooth and Veil, a Victorian Mourning Tea Party, Hidden Mother Photography, Saved By The Bell Exhibit, “I Paint That” Social Art Studio, local artists, food trucks and museum tours.

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.
  Museum closed through May 31; check Facebook and their website for re-opening dates.

El Paso Museum of Archaeology — 4301 Transmountain in Northeast El Paso (west of U.S. 54). The museum is closed until further notice; and will post pictures, lectures, and discussions on its Facebook page. Information: 212-0421, archaeology.elpasotexas.gov, or on Facebook at EPMArch.
  The museum’s 15 acres of nature trails, with more than 250 varieties of Chihuahuan Desert native plants, outdoor exhibits and an Indian Garden.

El Paso Museum of History — 510 N. Santa Fe. Museum is closed until further notice, but encourages guests to visit the online DIGIE at digie.org. Information: 212-0320, elpasotexas.gov/history or on Facebook.

Los Portales Museum and Visitor Center — 1521 San Elizario Road. Information: 851-1682.

Magoffin Home State Historic Site — 1120 Magoffin. Public programs, group tours, field trips and theater shows will be suspended through April 30. Information: 533-5147, ext. 1002, visitmagoffinhome.com or Facebook.

National Border Patrol Museum and Memorial Library — 4315 Transmountain Drive. Closed through March 28; check Facebook at U.S. Border Patrol Museum for any changes or extensions. 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.

San Elizario Veterans Museum and Memorial Walk — 1501-B Main Street in San Elizario. Call for 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. Check for information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.

War Eagles Air Museum — 8012 Airport Road, Doña Ana County Airport, Santa Teresa. Museum closed through the end of March; call the museum after April 1 to check on reopening date. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission: $11; $9 seniors and military; free for children and students. Information: (575) 589-2000 or war-eagles-air-museum.com.

Las Cruces area

Branigan Cultural Center
— 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall) Las Cruces. The center will be closed at least through April 9; call or check website for reopening information. Information: (575) 541-2154, las-cruces.org or Facebook.
  Showing through June 13: “Lucha Libre: Stories From The Ring,” highlighting lucha libre’s cultural, historical, and social political importance while showing the fun, unique, cultural aspect of it. Lucha libre has a rich history that dates back over a century in both Mexico and the United States. It combines athleticism, theater, dance, story, and the visual arts.

Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science — 411 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. The museum will be closed at least through April 9; call or check website for reopening information. Information: (575) 522-3120, las-cruces.org or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
  Exhibits include “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.

Las Cruces Railroad Museum — The museum is in the Santa Fe train depot, 351 N. Mesilla. The museum will be closed at least through April 9; call or check website for reopening information. Information: (575) 528-3444, las-cruces.org or on Facebook at LCMuseums.

NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum — 4100 Dripping Springs, Las Cruces. Museum is closed until further notice. Check their website for updates. Information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.

NMSU Museum — Kent Hall, University at Solano, Las Cruces. Museum closed until further notice. Information: (575) 646-5161.

University Art Museum — The NMSU museum is in Devasthali Hall, corner of Solano and University. Museum closed through March 30; check at uam.nmsu.edu for any changes. Information: (575) 646-2545.
  Showing through May 28: “Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020,” expanding conversations regarding motherhood through video, painting, installation, sculpture, film and photographic works by a diverse group of artists.

Zuhl Museum — NMSU Alumni Visitors’ Center, 775 College Dr. Museum is temporarily closed; call for reopening date. Information: (575) 646-3616 (visitor center), zuhl@nmsu.edu or zuhlmuseum.nmsu.edu.


Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
— 301 S. Silver, Deming, N.M. Information: (575) 546-2382, 1-800-848-4955 or lunacountyhistoricalsociety.com.

Geronimo Springs Museum — 211 Main in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Information: (575) 894-6600, geronimospringsmuseum.com or on Facebook.

Hubbard Museum of the American West — 841 U.S. Hwy 70 West, next to Ruidoso Downs (N.M.) Race Track. Museum will remain open during regular hours; all planned events canceled through April 6. 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; $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. Museum closed until further notice. Information: (432) 837-8143, museum@sulross.edu, museumofthebigbend.com or on Facebook.

New Mexico Museum of Space History — 3198 SR 2001, Alamogordo. Museum and theatre are closed until further notice. Check website and Facebook for reopening updates. Museum/IMAX combo tickets available. Information: (877) 333-6589 or (575) 437-2840, nmspacemuseum.org or on Facebook.

Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum — 1000 U.S. 82, across from the Chamber of Commerce in Cloudcroft, N.M. Closed until further notice. Information: (575) 682-2932 or cloudcroftmuseum.com.

Silver City Museum — 312 W. Broadway, Silver City, in the historic H.B. Ailman House. Museum closed through April 6; programs suspended through April. Information: (575) 538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org, or on Facebook.
  Current exhibit is “Ranching in Grant County,” featuring ranch artifacts, historical photos, family stories, facts and infographics.

Toy Train Depot — Alameda Park, 1991 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo. Call for information: (575) 437-2855.


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