The Branigan Cultural Center hosts changing cultural exhibits, as well as educational programs, classes, and other special events. The building is on the National and State Registries of Historic Buildings.



Parking is at 500 N Water Street on the north end of Main Street Downtown, next to the Museum of Art.

Landscape photo of the Branigan Cultural Center Building


To book a tour, please email Museum Education or call the tour coordinator at (575) 528-3330.

Call for Proposals

2024 Community Exhibits

The Branigan Cultural Center is accepting proposals for exhibits with cultural and historical significance themes relating to the Borderlands and the U.S. Southwest to be presented in 2024. We are particularly interested in submissions that consider the 175th anniversary of the settling of Mesilla and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Submission topics can be wide-ranging and address historical or contemporary issues. We invite submissions from formal and informal scholars, cultural heritage organizations, and artists (solo or group).  

Proposals will be accepted from April 1-May 19, 2023. Incomplete or late proposals will not be accepted. The proposal deadline is 5 pm MDT on May 19th. Proposals must be submitted via SurveyMonkey. Use this link below to submit. 

Submission Form     -Deadline: May 19th


Photo of a piece of art from the All-City High Schools Senior Art Show. Artwork is Ice Cream Sunday

All-City High Schools Senior Art Show

April 7 - April 22, 2023

The All-City High Schools Senior Art Show features works by graduating seniors from Centennial, Las Cruces, Mayfield, and Organ Mountain High Schools and Alma d’arte Charter High School. A broad variety of art mediums is represented in this show, ranging from ceramics and jewelry to paintings and pencil drawings, as well as photography and printing.

Artwork from Small Village New Mexico exhibit. Photo of art named Amor Ab.

Small Village New Mexico

April 14 - June 24, 2023

The Small Village New Mexico Project is an ongoing photo-documentary project of the New Mexico State University journalism department. Over the past ten years, students, under the leadership of photojournalist Bruce Berman, have documented the people and landscapes along southern New Mexico’s Rio Grande River Valley. The images presented in this exhibit capture both the timeless quality of small villages between Hatch and Anthony and the changes brought about by the influx of new residents and transitions in land-use.


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).