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.
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BRANIGAN CULTURAL CENTER
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.
Vale la Pena/It's Worth It
January 14-March 25, 2023
Multi-media artist Gina Gwen Palacios draws upon her family history and Mexican American identity to create portraits of her family’s lived experiences, using colors and materials that emphasize the long cultural heritage she and they have in the south Texas/Mexico borderland. Palacios uses traditional and non-traditional materials, including cardboard, cotton, sandpaper, and paint, to highlight an often underrepresented geographic and cultural narrative. Her parents’ stories about migrant farm work, picking cotton, and racial discrimination are found in Palacios’ work. She uses cardboard because of its brown color, availability, and strength. However, it is also cheap and disposable; and in using it Palacios makes it symbolic of the Mexican American labor force and the disposable treatment many workers receive from their employers.
City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People's Campaign
January 20 - April 1, 2023
For forty-three days during the early summer of 1968, a tent city covered sixteen acres of land on the National Mall where some 3,000 people from across America gathered to advocate for economic opportunities, racial equality, and justice. A year earlier, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy, declared poverty a national human rights issue. SCLC made plans for a Poor People’s Campaign - a grassroots, multiracial movement - that would draw thousands of people to Washington, D.C. They decided to proceed with the gathering despite the assassination of Dr. King on April 4, 1968. Between May and June, demonstrators demanded social reforms while living in a tent city known as Resurrection City. Dr. Abernathy declared it a “City of Hope” in honor of Dr. King.
Honesty of Construction: The WPA and Spanish Colonial Style Furniture
Nov 29, 2022-Summer 2023
MUSEUM OF ART
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.
Gaspar Enríquez: Chicano Pride, Chicano Soul
February 3 - May 6, 2023
MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE
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.