March 2018

At the Museum

See also: Southwest Art Scene

History Lessons

Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

Centennial Museum — University at Wiggins, UTEP. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 747-6667 or
  Showing through May 19: “Aliento a Tequila,” an art exhibition by El Paso-born and Austin-based photographer Joel Salcido. Salcido, a borderland native, revels in capturing “tales of conquest and defeat.” His previous media work as a staff photographer for the El Paso Times, as well as a correspondent for USA Today, has allowed him to strikingly document subjects such as the 1985 Mexico City earthquake and the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico. His new book, “The Spirit of Tequila,” was released in fall 2017.
  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
  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 center presents “Community Encounters: No Ordinary Words,” an evening of dinner and dialogue, at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Temple Mount Sinai, 4408 N. Stanton. The community event invites participants to share a meal together while sharing their own stories, viewpoints and perspectives. Admission is free; make reservations with Jamie Flores at 351-0048 or

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
  A free lecture on “Visions in Clay: The Future of Mata Ortiz Pottery” by master potter Diego Valles is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, as part of the museum’s 2018 lecture series.
  Spring Break Camp is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, March 13-16, for ages 7-12 interested in archaeology. Cost: $70 ($55 members). Registration: Jen McCollough, 755-4332 or
  El Paso Archaeological Society’s monthly meeting is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Mark Howe presents “Smeltertown Archaeology and History.” Admission is free; the public is invited. Seating is limited.
  The 12th annual Poppies Fest is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, with free shuttle parking service provided to and from Cohen Stadium.
  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
  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 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.
  A Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: Women in the Arts is 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 16. Learning to edit articles related to El Paso as well as write your own while focusing on Woman in El Paso. Admission is free; participants should bring their own tablet or laptop.
  A “History on the Run” Bike Tour, “Through the Eyes of Kate Moore Brown” is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17. Tickets: $10 ($5 museum members); available in the History Shop.
  A “Lessons from the Past, Looking Towards the Future” talk with Dr. Josh Fan is 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22.
  UTEP Three-Minute Thesis Competition is 6 p.m. Thursday, March 29, as part of a competition of universities around the world.
  The museum offers “Free the Yoga” classes noon Thursdays through April 24. All levels welcome. Information: or
  Spring Camp on “History Theater” is 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, March 13-16. Cost; $70 ($55 members). Various spring camp one-day workshops also offered. Call for schedule, cost: 212-3163 or

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, or Facebook.
• Boston Brown Bread Cooking Class is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3.
• Yoga with Rebecca Hendricks is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10 and 24.
• Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17.
• Free hands-on fencing demonstration is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31.
  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

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,

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
  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.
  The Wings of Freedom Tour visits the museum April 4-6, with walk-through tours of a B-17, B24, B-25 and TF-51D from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. Cost: $15 ($5 ages 12 and younger); no reservations needed. Flights will take place before and after tours; call for cost and reservations: (978) 562-9182.

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, or on Facebook.
  Showing through 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.
  Showing through March 17: “What’s Your Las Cruces?” an interactive community engagement exhibit. Visitors may share Las Cruces photos, stories, and more through questions posed at different stations. Selected images and stories will be shared and posted within the exhibit and on the museums social media sites for public viewing and comment.
  Showing through March 24: “Mirage,” works by mixed media artist Ellen Wetmore. Using marble paper and ink drawing techniques in her exhibition, Wetmore creates personal reflections of desert landscapes and impressions that are both surreal and familiar.
  The center seeks proposals for 2019 exhibits with themes of cultural and historical significance relating to the Southwest. Deadline is April 7. Submit materials online at Information: (575) 541-2159.

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
  Night Creatures museum tours are 4:30 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month as part of the Downtown Ramble.
  Saturday Family Science is 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, March 3. This month’s program in on “X-Rays.”
  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
  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.

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
  Story times for children of all ages begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3 and 17. Mrs. Prickett and her puppets will engage pre-school children with a book and activity at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 8.
  Brown Bag Lectures are noon the Second Tuesday of each month.
  Rail Readers Book Club meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 21.
  Adults coloring group meets 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 9 and 23.
  Family Game Day is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 10.

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
  The 19th annual Cowboy Days which pays tribute to the state's ranching traditions Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4, cowboy demonstrations, chuck wagon cooking, children's activities, mounted shooting, the CASI Chili Cook-Off, cowboy music, pony rides, gunfight re-enactments.
  This year’s event features an indoor concert by concert by country music artist and Las Cruces native Josh Grider at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Tickets: $19.90; age 10 and under free.
  Showing through April 1 in the museum corridor: “Connie Garcia: A Lifetime of Art,” showcasing works by the Las Cruces artist.
   Showing through July 8 in the Legacy Gallery: “Form & Function: Objects with Flair” featuring more than 40 objects from its collections that combine usefulness and beauty, including woven items ranging from Navajo rugs to Apache and Pima baskets, to vases, pots and bowls, as well as saddles, guns and furniture.
  Showing through Sept. 16: “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.
  Crafts for kids and their parents are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. selected Saturdays. free with museum admission. No registration needed.
  Discovery Afternoon programs for third through fifth grade and their parents or chaperones are 1 to 3 p.m. selected Wednesdays. Fee: $3 per parent/child. Reservations: LuAnn Kilday, (575) 522-4100.
  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
  Showing through March 16: "Wendy Red Star: The Maniacs (We’re not the Best, but We’re Better than the Rest).” This site-specific exhibition will visually materialize and mesh memories of the past and present in Red Star’s investigation of her Apsáalooke (Crow) Indian father’s life in rock music. The exhibit includes photography, sound, sculpture, interviews, and a visual timeline.
  Events in conjunction with the exhibit include free visual journaling workshops for all ages 1 to 2 p.m. on selected Saturdays. Materials provided and no reservations required.
March 3: “That’s Them! My All-Time Favorite Band in Pictures.” Bring images of a favorite band (on regular paper) to create a collage.
March 10: “Rock On... Illustrating That Song.” Choose a favorite song from printed lyrics available at the gallery and create an illustrated response. Materials provided.
  A free “Indigenous Rockers, Rappers and Activists” concert with Nataanli Means and others is 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, in the Las Cruces Downtown Plaza.
  A panel discussion on “Considering Contemporary Art” is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, moderated by gallery director Marisa Sage, and featuring Julie Sasse of Tucson Museum of Art; Nadiah Rivera Fellah, guest curator, Newark Museum; and Michelle J. Lanteri, guest curator, University Art Gallery at NMSU.

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
  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

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), or
  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

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

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, 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, or
  Showing through March 25: “Echoes of the Cordillera: Attitudes and Latitudes Along the Great Divide,” photographs by Jim Bones.

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
  The Launch Pad Lecture Series is 9 to 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month. Admission is free; coffee and donuts provided. The March 2 topic is “We’re Gonna Do What? Bizarre Rescues in Space” with Museum Executive Director Christopher Orwoll.
  The New Horizons Theater is closed through March 9 for renovations. New schedule to be announced.
  The New Mexico Museum of Space History will host a motorcoach tour to the semiannual tour of the Trinity site at White Sands Missile Range Saturday, April 7, with on-coach talks by museum volunteer and renowned local historian Pete Eidenbach and a guided tour of the museum and after returning, followed by reserve exclusive showing of “Trinity: The Atomic Bomb Movie” in the Tombaugh Theater. Cost: $75 ($65 museum members). Reservations: (575) 437-2840 ext. 41132 or online

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

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
  Showing through May 28: “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.

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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