Exterior of the Branigan Cultural Center Building

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.


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

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(Image credit: Southern Methodist University, DeGolyer Library)

The Chinese Experience in the Borderlands,1880-1930

July 7-October 7, 2023

This exhibition tells the little-known story of Chinese immigration in Mexico and the U.S. Borderlands, 1880-1930, using a small Chinese settlement in El Paso and Chinese businesses in Las Cruces and Deming, NM as examples. It examines the use of Chinese immigrant labor in the U.S. and Mexico and the impact it had on regional Chinese settlements. The exhibit addresses anti-Chinese backlash by Borderland citizens and resulting anti-Chinese immigrant laws, in particular the federal Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the New Mexico Alien Land Act of 1921. 

Hands with orange gloves holding Uranium surrounded by uranium

(Image credit: “Uranium” by Shanna Merola)

Trinity: Legacies of Nuclear Testing- A People’s Perspective

July 15-September 23, 2023

This juried exhibition features twenty artists who offer their perspectives, insights, and responses to the effects of nuclear testing, nuclear accidents, and uranium mining on the people, animals, and environment of New Mexico. A wide range of art mediums is represented, ranging from photography and paintings to sculptures and multi-media collages. The exhibit was developed by the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium and artists were selected and judged by Marisa Sage, NMSU’s Art Museum Director, and Jasmine Herrera, NMSU’s Art Museum Coordinator. It is supported by an auxiliary exhibit that examines the long-term consequences of the 1945 Trinity test in the Tularosa Basin.