March 2017

At the Museum

See also: Southwest Art Scene

History Lessons

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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.
  A Weaving Demonstration and Workshop by Mesilla Valley Weavers is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Fiber artist and anthropologist Lin Bentley Keeling will discuss the development and evolution of weaving in the Southwest. Hands-on demonstrations of spinning and weaving cloth will be included during the lecture. Following the lecture, members of the Mesilla Valley Weavers Guild will guide a workshop in which participants will weave a small cotton tapestry. All materials provided. Registration required by March 23. Cost: $5 to cover supplies.
  Showing through June 3: “Time Exposures: Picturing a History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century.” This exhibition, organized by the Pueblo of Isleta tribe in New Mexico, tells the story of life on the Isleta Indian Reservation in the 19th century and its lasting effects on life today. Among the photographs in the exhibition are the works of many prominent western photographers and artists including Edward Curtis, A.C. Vroman, A.Z. Shindler, Karl Moon, John Hillers, Charles Lummis, Carlos Vierra, Summer Matteson, Albert Sweeney, Josef Imhof, and Ben Wittick.
  A portion of the exhibit will be dedicated to the Tigua Tribe from the Ysleta Pueblo del Sur.
  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.
  Showing March 2-May 31: “Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto,” a multi-media traveling exhibit that deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys who created the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. “Vedem” was their voice, their defiance, and their connection to life before. Using pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and the prose and poetry of teenage prisoners in Terezin, the exhibit breaks down the original pages of Vedem then reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine.
  Reception is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2. RSVP at 351-0048 or jamie@elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.
  The museum’s Henry Kellen Memorial Golf Open begins at 8 a.m. April 3, at Butterfield Trail Golf Club, 1858 Cottonwoods. See Sports listing.
  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/.
  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.
  El Paso Archaeological Society’s monthly meeting is 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 18. Patrick “Pat” H. Beckett speaks on the “Proto-Historic Indian Populations in Southern New Mexico and West Texas.” Beckett will describe how the various Indian groups arrived in the El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico region. Admission is free.
  Spring Break Archaeology Camp runs 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, March 14-17, for ages 7 to 12. Cost: $70 per child ($55 members); light healthy snacks provided.

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 High Noon Talk on “Archeological Finds from Cleveland Square” is 12:05 to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 14.
  Family Storytime is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, featuring a reading of “The Room of Wonders.”
  A talk on “Instrumental Women of the Woman’s Club of El Paso” is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18.
  The museum will take part in Kidspalooza activities beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25.
  Currently showing is “Through a Child’s Eyes: Growing up in El Paso (1880-1950).
  The “7th Wall of Giants: Woman’s Club of El Paso A Vital Force since 1894” honors the Woman’s Club of El Paso for more than 100 years of service to the Community. Exhibit runs through April 22, 2017.
  Continuing exhibits: “Neighborhoods and Shared Memories,” and “The Changing Pass.”
  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.
  Spring Break Camp “From Prisms to Film” is 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, March 14-17, for ages 8-12. Cost: $70 ($55 members); due by March 8.

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 kmullins@utep.edu.
  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 Sunday. Visitors can begin their tour at the Visitor Center across the street (1117 Magoffin, a restored 1901 home). 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.
  Cooking class on Dry Hash is 6 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Cost is $5 per class.
  Yoga with Rebecca Hendricks is at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Free.
  Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, to discuss Jules Verne’s “From The Earth To The Moon.” Steampunk dress encouraged, but not required. Cost is $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. Information: (575) 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums or on Facebook.
• Showing March 3-June 17: “Jack London, Photographer: Adventures in the Pacific,” Explore the South Pacific during the early 20th century through the exhibition of novelist Jack London’s photographs, curated by the Maritime Museum of San Diego. This exhibition includes images from London’s journey on the Snark, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the Russo-Japanese war.
  Opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, as part of the Downtown Ramble.
• Showing through March 25: “Hillsboro Faces: A Collection of Portraits.” Photographer Matilde Holzwarth captures the character of Hillsboro, N.M., through portraits of the members of its community.
• Showing through May 13: “Issei and Beyond: The Nakayama Family’s Journey in the Mesilla Valley.” John Kaichiro and Tome Nakayama were “issei”– immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century – who settled in Las Cruces in 1918. The exhibit uses personal objects and images to share the story of how the Nakayama family rose above the challenges of immigration and racial discrimination to become leading farmers and chile specialists in Las Cruces.
  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:
March 4: Cherry blossom art
March 11: It’s (almost!) Pi Day
March 18: Japanese Lanterns
March 25: Archaeology Day
  The center seeks proposals for exhibits to be presented in 2018 through April 7. For full rules and on exemption forms, visit surveymonkey.com/r/LCMS2017. Information: las-cruces.org/museums or (575) 541-2154.

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.
  Ancient Knowledge and Technology Development Lecture Series is 2 p.m. Fridays, March 10-April 14. NMSU graduate students share their research in archaeology, history, culture and ancient technology:
March 10: “Twin Pines Obsidian: Projectile Points” by Mary Brown
March 17: “Diné Gardening, Traditional Ecological Knowledge” by Brittany Fisher
March 31: “Cannibal Spiders, Warring Ants, and Murderous Plants” by Kiki Keane
April 7: “Tool-Stone Procurement Patterns in the Northern Mimbres Region” by Paul Duran
April 14: “Amalgamation Process in American Mines” by David Morales Andrade.
  Spring Break Camps are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 20-24. Cost: $25 per student.
  A behind-the-scenes tour of the nature center is 4:30 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month as part of the Downtown Ramble.
  Animals Encounters are 10:30 a.m. Saturdays (some may include a hands-on segment).
  Endangered species talks are 1:30 p.m. the Third Wednesday of the month.
  Pre-K Programs for ages 3-5 offered at 9 a.m. Thursdays:
  Today in Space lectures are 1 to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of the month .
  Monthly Saturday workshops are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  Science Cafe round table discussions are 5:30 p.m. the last Thursday of the month; Teen Science Cafe is 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. Use Water Street entrance after 5 p.m.

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.
  Showing at the museum through April 1 is New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter’s “For the Love of Railroad Architecture.” A wide variety of building styles have emerged, prompted by the arrival of the railroad, bringing new residents with ideas from other areas.
• Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month. Families can try out early 20th century games and puzzles.
• Mrs. Prickett’s Story Time is 11 a.m. the second Thursday of each month for children of all ages. Related activity for preschool age children follows.
• Brown Bag lectures are noon to 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month.
• Rail Readers Book Club meets at 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month.

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 18th annual Cowboy Days are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4-5. The event offers two days of two days of cowboy demonstrations, chuckwagon cooking, activities for the children, cowboy music, stagecoach and pony rides, gunfight reenactments and more. New this year is a CASI-sanctioned chili cook-off and horseshoe tournament. See separate listing for more events. Admission: $5.
  Music historian and author Stan Blitz will talk about the colorful history of rock-n-roll music in New Mexico, as well as his book “Bandstand: The Untold Story,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, as part of the museum’s Cultural Series. Blitz, a native of Philadelphia, also will talk about his book, which focuses on the original “Bandstand” show that aired before Dick Clark became the host. Admission to this presentation is free.
  St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Regular museum admission applies.
  Showing through June 18: “What’s the Buzz? Why Honey Bees Matter.”
  Showing through July 9: “Weaving in New Mexico: The Ancestral Puebloan and Rio Grande Traditions,” featuring ancient textile creations of the ancestral Puebloans and the jewels of Rio Grande weaving from 1850 to the present. Exhibit includes 48 artifacts from rugs to looms and tools.
  On long-term exhibit is “Wheels & Gears,” collection of wagons, buggies, vehicles and implements.
  The museum also features the Heritage Garden, featuring sculpture “Water Carrier Fountain” by artist Martha Pettigrew and wall to be used to honor the Museum’s supporters. The landscaped area also can used for parties, weddings and other activities.
  Meet The Producer exhibit in the Horse & Cattle Barn. Currently featured is Old Windmill Dairy, founded in 2007 in Estancia by Michael and Edward Lobaugh.
  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, (Williams Hall) on the NMSU campus, Las Cruces (east of Solano). 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 April 15: “In Good Time: Photographs by Doug DuBois,” presented by the Aperture Foundation and the Hermès Foundation. This touring exhibition is the first mid-career survey of DuBois’s photographs from three different bodies of work: “All the Days and Nights,” “Avella,” and “My Last Day at Seventeen.” DuBois is a former faculty member of the Department of Art at New Mexico State University and currently teaches in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.

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), zuhl@nmsu.edu or nmsu.edu/zuhl.
  The center features a collection of more than 1,800 pieces of petrified wood, fossils and minerals donated to NMSU by retired Las Cruces residents Herb and Joan Zuhl from New York City. Pieces include ammonites, turtles, a dragonfly, a bat, and minerals such as amethyst, rhodochrosite, garnet, and malachite. The museum is also home to an Ichthyosaur, a highly specialized marine reptile from the time of the dinosaurs, five dinosaur leg bones, a portion of a backbone from a giant herbivore dinosaur, and the eggs of a duck-billed dinosaur.

 

Also

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; free for children 5 and younger and museum members). Information: (575) 378-4142, hubbardmuseum.org or on Facebook.
  Showing through March 18: “The Horseman’s Tools.” The exhibit explores the development and impact of the tools used to work with horses.

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, museum@sulross.edu or museumofthebigbend.com.
  Showing through March 26: “A Feeling of Humanity: Western Art from the Ken Ratner Collection.” The exhibition will feature 70 works by both contemporary artists along with works by early 20th century painters including Kenneth Miller Adams, John Sloan, Boardman Robinson, Georges Schreiber and Bettina Steinke.
  Showing through Sept. 3: “Turning Points in Teaching: Early Education and the Annual Summer Normal in Alpine.”
  The 31st Annual Trappings of Texas exhibit and sale of “Traditional Western Art and Custom Cowboy Gear” is April 20-22, with grand opening, sale, gear demonstrations and reception Friday, April 21. Preview and Party is Thursday, April 20. Saturday, April 22 is a chuckwagon breakfast, and a Ranch Round Up Party at Nevill Ranch.

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). Call for school tours and group ticket arrangements. Information: (877) 333-6589, (575) 437-2840 or nmspacemuseum.org.
  Showing in the Induction Gallery is an exhibit honoring the Hall of Fame’s newest inductee, “Star Trek” creator, Gene Roddenberry (who was born in El Paso). The introductory panels for the exhibit highlight Roddenberry himself, his history as a filmmaker and the legacy of his “Star Trek” series, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Exhibit cases throughout the gallery document just how widespread the Star Trek phenomenon has become.
  The Launch Pad Lecture Series is 9 to 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month. The March 3 lecture will be “Say Cheese: The First Photo From Space” with Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. Admission is free; coffee and donuts provided.
  Next month’s lecture (April 7) is on “Sateloon: Bouncing the Signal from Above” with Museum Education Director Dave Dooling.
  The museum will host a motorcoach tour of Trinity Site at Saturday, April. 1. The New Mexico historian Pete Eidenbach will give guests on the coach an in-depth talk on the bomb. Brown bag lunch and self-guided walking tour at the site. On the way back is a showing of a classic science fiction film. At the museum, there will be a guided tour followed by reserved seating for an exclusive showing of “Trinity: The Atomic Bomb Movie” in the New Horizons Dome Theater. Tickets are limited; $70 per person ($60 members); reservations at (575) 437-2840, ext. 41132.All visitors must have government-issued photo identification; learn more at wsmr.army.mil/PAO/Trinity/Pages/Home.aspx.
  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 — 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 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission: $5 ($3 ages 6 to 12). Group rates and tours available with prior notice. Information: (575) 682-2932.

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.
  Showing through April 2017: “Stories of Southwestern New Mexico Women.”

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.

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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