Horno Baking Demonstration
April 1st – 9:00 a.m. to Noon
The Museum’s adobe horno will be the venue for a bread-baking demonstration using a traditional Moorish-design horno. Historical background will include various construction methods and cultural adaptations of earthen ovens throughout the world and the Spanish influence on American Puebloan cultures. The firing and operation of the Museum’s horno will include making and baking of sourdough wheat bread and cooking corn-based caldo. Free with regular paid Museum admission.
Crafts for Kids | Honey Bees
April 1st – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to come to the Museum and create their own Honey Bee craft and enjoy a story about bees. Crafts are free, but regular Museum admission is required for all family members: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4 to 17, and free admission for children 3 and under.
Crafts for Kids | Easter
April 8th – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Spring has sprung. Children of all ages are invited to come and make Easter crafts. Crafts are free, but regular Museum admission is required for all family members: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4 to 17, and free admission for children 3 and under.
Culture Series | A River Thirsting for Itself – An Environmental History of the Rio Grande
April 13th – 7:00 p.m.
The speaker for this look at the Rio Grande’s environmental history is Steve Harris, who has over two decades of experience as a wilderness guide. He is founder and president of [Far-Flung Adventures] and executive director of Rio Grande Restoration.
Beginning with the transformation of ancient watersheds into the present-day river, this talk traces the history of settlement, agriculture and water development in New Mexico, Colorado and the borderlands. It includes the rise of such institutions as land grants, state water codes, the Rio Grande Compact and international treaties, and includes underlying and present environmental conditions. Admission is free.
Exhibit Opening | A Movable Feast – Foods of New Mexico
April 14th – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
“A Movable Feast: Foods of New Mexico” is an art show presented by the New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter.
From Puebloan times to the present, agriculture and farming have played a very important role in making the Chihuahuan Desert and all of New Mexico a place where people could live. Indian, Spanish and modern farmers have always accepted the challenges of limited water and harsh terrain as they planted and plowed to produce the foods we eat today. With hard work and dedication, they have given us such foods as chile, nuts, wine, honey and fruit; along with things like squash, corn, beans, sunflowers and yuccas. In this exhibit, NMWS members have created works based on their own visions and inspirations.
The exhibit will be on display in the Museum’s Arts Corridor through August 6th.
The New Mexico Watercolor Society was founded in 1969 as a statewide chapter of the Southwestern Watercolor Society, and became an independent entity in 1975. The purpose of the NMWS is to elevate the stature of watercolor as an important painting medium and to educate the public to this effort; the ultimate goal is to make New Mexico known nationally for its watercolor artists. As the southern half of the state of New Mexico grew, the need for a local chapter of the NMWS was recognized by a small group of active artists in the Las Cruces area. A proposal for the Southern Chapter’s formation was presented to and approved by the NMWS Board (in Albuquerque) in October, 2001.
Crafts for Kids | Chimes of Spring
April 22nd – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Join us in creating wind chimes to bring music to your windy spring days. Crafts are free, but regular Museum admission is required for all family members: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4 to 17, and free admission for children 3 and under.
About the Museum
The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is 47 acres packed with real stories about real people.
The interactive museum, which has welcomed visitors from all over the world, brings to life the 4,000-year history of farming and ranching in New Mexico.
The enormous main building contains more than 24,000 square feet of exhibit space, along with catering space for meetings and events, a mercantile and theater.
Fun and learning go hand in hand as visitors stroll along corrals filled with livestock, enjoy several gardens or watch one of our growing number of demonstrations.
We retrieve memories for some visitors, educate others and provide a fun-filled day for everyone.
The museum is part of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, N.M.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens (60 and over), $3 for children ages 4 to 17 and $2 for active U.S. military and veterans. Children under 4 and museum members with a card are admitted free of charge. These admission rates may be changed for special events.
The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.