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 REQUIRED for all guests ages 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status. The health order is in effect until the State allows it to expire.
The Museum of Nature and
Science, the Museum of Art, Branigan Cultural Center and the Railroad Museum are OPEN with no reservations needed! Our normal operating hours are:
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.
Righting a Wrong
January 22 - April 22, 2022
The Branigan Cultural Center is pleased to announce Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II, a Smithsonian traveling exhibition that examines the complicated history and impact of Executive Order 9066 that led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor. A coordinating exhibition, Bound in New Mexico, examines the four incarceration camps located in Lordsburg, Santa Fe, Fort Stanton, and Old Raton Ranch in New Mexico.
Cleared for Takeoff examines over 100 years of regional aviation history, both military and civilian, in southern New Mexico, using photographs, oral histories, and historic objects. Starting with the introductory use of military airplanes in 1916 after Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, NM, the exhibition explores the local impact of aviation-related training programs offered through the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts during World War II and the post-war era. It addresses the flourishing of civilian aviation in the 1950s–1960s, with the formation of flying clubs and shuttle airlines dotting southern New Mexico. With the decline of leisure flying beginning in the 1980s, it notes the changing nature of local aviation in the 21st Century. Come learn more about aviation history in southern New Mexico.
The cultural and artistic richness of southern New Mexico and the Borderlands is found in many pieces in the Museum of Art’s permanent collection. The exhibition features a wide range of artistic media, including paintings, watercolors, prints, photography, sculptures, and pottery.