MUSEUMS

The Las Cruces Museum System aims to provide a welcoming environment for the curious so they can gain new insights and experience personal and community enrichment. The museums showcase exhibitions on local, national, and global themes to educate and inspire visitors from near and far. Admission is FREE.

Click here to download our printable Calendar of Events for October - December, 2022.

For programs and activities that do not have a cost associated with them, you may now sign up online here.

Aerial landscape photo of the Branigan Cultural Center building

BRANIGAN CULTURAL CENTER

The Branigan Cultural Center is dedicated to engaging visitors in the rich heritage of the Southwest and the world-at-large through artistic, cultural and historical exhibitions and programs. Housed in a 1935 Pueblo Revival- style building, it was the first library in Las Cruces.

Museum of Art

MUSEUM OF ART

The Museum of Art features juried, invitational, and traveling exhibitions with artwork by nationally and internationally known artists. Through the Studio Program, the Museum offers professional art instruction for youth and adults in drawing, painting, ceramics, and other media.

Museum of Nature and Science Sign

MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

The Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, or MoNaS, inspires curiosity about the sciences, facilitates life-long learning, and promotes stewardship of the natural environment of the Chihuahuan Desert and southern New Mexico.

Railroad Museum

RAILROAD MUSEUM

The mission of the Railroad Museum is to preserve the heritage of railroading through a series of miniature representations of New Mexico railroads, as well as research and preserve the history of model railroading.

Current Exhibits

h Don Quijote skeleton riding a skeleton horse leading a chard of other skeletonsJosé Guadalupe Posada

Legendary Printmaker of Mexico

November 4, 2022 - January 21, 2023 

José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) was a Mexican printmaker whose satirical political art and social engagement resulted in illustrations that were popular among the working class in Mexico. This exhibition brings together over 60 pieces of the artist’s work, from broadsides, advertisements, notebooks, and some of the artist’s original printing plates. Additionally, over twenty contemporary pieces of artwork that use his images or were influenced by his style also are presented.

Desierto Arte Archivo

October 7th - December 31, 2022

This exhibit displays a compilation of art from sixteen artists who have interacted with the Chihuahuan Desert and created a series of individual and collective arts-based inquiries based on their experiences. The participating artists interpreted the desert as a holistic lifeway where all desert dwellers- human, animal, and plant- comingle and inform each other. 

Black & white image of a woman hand carving details on wooden furniture.

Honesty of Construction: The WPA and Spanish Colonial Style Furniture 

Nov 29, 2022-Summer 2023

This exhibit examines the Works Progress Administration-era vocational training program in New Mexico that drew upon Spanish Colonial furniture to teach young men and women a marketable trade in woodworking. Drawings from the University Museum collection at New Mexico State University, the exhibit features fifteen furniture pieces made through a 1930s community vocational program that was established in Las Cruces at the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (now New Mexico State University).