Branigan Cultural Center
501 N. Water St.
(575) 541-2154
The Branigan Cultural Center features in-house and traveling exhibitions, regional historical and permanent collections and the work of local and regional artists.

Fort Selden State Monument
1280 Ft. Selden Road, Radium Springs NM
(575) 526-8911
Fort Selden was built in 1865 by the United States Army to protect the settlers of the Mesilla Valley and was the original home of the Buffalo Soldiers. Today, part of the fort’s adobe brick walls remain along with a visitor center featuring exhibits on frontier and military life. Living history demonstrations are occasionally offered on weekends. (Closed on Tuesdays)
Gadsden Museum
1875 Boutz Rd.
(575) 526-6293
This small museum has a bit of history, furniture, art, jewlery, religious artifacts, pictures. While reservations are not required, an advance appointment will insure you will not be disappointed. Tour is 1 1/2 hours, or to your needs.

Las Cruces Museum of Art
491 N. Main St.
(575) 541-2159
The Las Cruces Museum of Art hosts traveling exhibits and features the works of regionally and nationally known artists. The exhibits change several times a year and are often accompanied by lectures and demonstrations.

Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science (MoNaS)
411 N. Main St.
(575) 522-3120
The museum features live animals and plants of the Chihuahuan Desert, along with hands-on science and natural history exhibits for children. Visiting shows run the gamut from dinosaurs to the solar system.

Las Cruces Railroad Museum
351 N. Mesilla St.
(575) 647-4480
The Railroad Museum interprets the railroading history of Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley. Housed in a historic Santa Fe depot, displays include railroading tools, railroadiana, and model trains.

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Rd.
(575) 522-4100
The museum is 47 acres packed with real stories about real people. The interactive museum brings to life the 3,000-year history of farming and ranching in New Mexico. Visitors can watch a cow being milked, stroll along corrals filled with livestock, enjoy gardens or watch hands-on exhibits such as blacksmithing, quilting, water dowsing and more. Living history demonstrations are occasionally offered on weekends.

New Mexico State University Arthropod Museum
945 College Drive – Skeen Hall W168, New Mexico State University
The museum is open during normal business hours (8-5), but an appointment is needed, since the staff members work in several labs and may not be in the actual museum.  This is a popular museum for kids and adults.  They also do group tours on campus or they will come to a school to give a presentation (complete with insect specimens and live insects).  To book and appointment, go to: or call the  Entomology Plant Pathology and Weed Science Department: 575-646-3225.  The website is:

New Mexico State University Museum-Kent Hall
1280 E. University Ave.
(575) 646-5161
The Museum collections are primarily anthropological with secondary collections in history and the natural sciences. The collections document the cultural diversity of the border in the greater southwest United States and northern Mexico, focusing on the traditions of ongoing historical and prehistoric cultures.

Space Murals, Inc. Museum & Gift Shop
12450 E Hwy. 70
(575) 382-0977
The museum features a gigantic water tower mural and museum honoring the space program. There is also an astronaut gallery, space artifacts and gift shop.

The Zuhl Geological Collection at New Mexico State University
775 College Dr.
(575) 646-3616
The Zuhl collection at NMSU showcases thousands of beautiful specimens of petrified wood, fossils and minerals.

White Sands Missile Range Museum & Missile Park
White Sands Missile Range Museum,White Sands Missile Range
(575) 678-8824
The facilities focus on the origin of the U.S. missile and space programs, and the beginning of the nuclear age. The Missile Park features weapons that won the Cold War and Operation Desert Storm.