An Exhibit of Masterpieces from the Prado Museum

The City of Las Cruces is proud to announce that on Friday, September 7 it is bringing a traveling exhibition from the Museo Nacional del Prado, with the collaboration of the American Friends of the Prado Museum and the New Mexico Multi-Cultural Foundation to downtown Las Cruces.

“The Prado in Las Cruces” is a free exhibit that will open at the Art Ramble; it will be on display at Plaza Place next to the Plaza de Las Cruces in downtown through November 28. The exhibit was brought to Las Cruces by the efforts of The Las Cruces Museum System, Visit Las Cruces, the Economic Development Department, and Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 6:30 pm at the Plaza stage to commemorate the partnership between the Prado Museum, the City of Las Cruces, the American Friends of the Prado Museum, and the New Mexico Multi-Cultural Foundation. The ceremony will also feature a performance by flamenco dancers. The exhibit was listed as one of USA Today’s “Top 25 Must-See Exhibits in 2017

The Las Cruces Museums will be providing free weekly 30-45 minute tours on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am, and on Saturday afternoons at 2pm. The tours will meet at the exhibit on Plaza Place. The theme of the tours will change but may include: Religion, Works of the Spanish Masters, Portraiture, Landscapes/Still Life, The Human Form, Mythology, and Royalty. Additional themes may be added later. Those interested in becoming docents with the Museums are encouraged to contact the Las Cruces Museums at (575) 541-2137 for more information.

The Las Cruces Museums will also be hosting an Educational Summit on September 29, for more information please contact the Museum of Art Curator of Education, Bryan Lee at (575) 541-2217, or by email at

Museo Nacional del Prado – the Prado Museum – is one of the world’s most prestigious fine art museums and boasts one of the finest collections of European art originating from the Spanish Royal collection. The Prado in Las Cruces is an educational outdoor exhibit displaying 92 masterpieces from the Prado Museum’s collection, photographically reproduced at a 1:1 scale. The collection features artwork of Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, Titian, Rubens, and El Greco among others. The exhibit was listed as one of USA Today’s “Top 25 Must-See Exhibits in 2017”.

The outdoor location and free admission allows this traveling exhibit to expose art to new audiences of a variety of demographics while continuing the Prado’s tradition of supporting cultural preservation and the advancement of historical knowledge and art to the people. The City encourages viewers to stop, admire, and reflect on what they see.