Welcome to the Las Cruces Museums!
The Las Cruces Museum System is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of all our patrons and staff.
Per the most recent public health order issued by the State of New Mexico regarding COVID-19, masks are no longer required indoors, however we encourage our guests to still practice safe distancing while visiting our museums.
The Museum of Nature and
Science, the Museum of Art, Branigan Cultural Center and the Railroad Museum are OPEN. Our normal operating hours are:
Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4:30pm and Saturday – 9am - 4:30pm
Please check out our Calendar of Events for July-September, 2022.
The Las Cruces Museum System aims to provide a welcoming environment for the curious so they can gain new insights and experience personal and community enrichment. The museums showcase exhibitions on local, national, and global themes to educate and inspire visitors from near and far. Admission is FREE. Our museum system includes:
The Branigan Cultural Center is dedicated to engaging visitors in the rich heritage of the Southwest and the world-at-large through artistic, cultural and historical exhibitions and programs. Housed in a 1935 Pueblo Revival- style building, it was the first library in Las Cruces.
The Museum of Art features juried, invitational, and traveling exhibitions with artwork by nationally and internationally known artists. Through the Studio Program, the Museum offers professional art instruction for youth and adults in drawing, painting, ceramics, and other media.
The Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, or MoNaS, inspires curiosity about the sciences, facilitates life-long learning, and promotes stewardship of the natural environment of the Chihuahuan Desert and southern New Mexico.
The mission of the Railroad Museum is to preserve the heritage of railroading through a series of miniature representations of New Mexico railroads, as well as research and preserve the history of model railroading.
Thorns & Trees:
Art Quilts by 4 Common Corners
April 16- June 18, 2022
In this compilation, members of the quilting group 4 Common Corners used the natural environment as their theme by bringing attention to the animals and vegetation of New Mexico and surrounding states.
Cleared for Take-Off:
Aviation in Southern New Mexico
Oct 1st-Fall 2022
The Voice of a Two Spirit
May 6-July 16, 2022
The Voice of a Two Spirit presents artwork by Marcy Angeles, a regional artist who explores her life experiences as an Indigenous Two Spirit through her art. Angeles’ artwork presents her conflict of living within a culture and power structure dominated by white Christian men while honoring her Indigenous heritage and embodying two gender spirits within one human body. By embracing her Two Spirit being, Angeles acknowledges the continuum of gender identity and its expression through gender fluidity. Angeles’ goal is to heal herself from traumas she has experienced, and by doing so, offer healing to others.
Museum of Art
April 29th - July 23, 2022
Drawn from the acclaimed collection of the Huntington (WV) Museum of Art, American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection showcases work from a transitional time in American art, approximately the 1890s through the 1910s, when artists abandoned the rigors of academic styles and subjects. They turned instead to intimate scenes of the cultivated countryside and figure studies of friends and neighbors.