Virtual Activities

Merry Vlogmas

Branigan Cultural Center Click here

Collections Click here

Museum of Art Click here

Museum of Nature and Science Click here

Railroad Museum Click here

Railroad Museum Retro Click here

Santa Click here

Mrs. Claus Click here

Studio Click here

Animal Encounters

Invertebrates

The Desert Hairy Scorpion. Click here

Amphibians

Axolotls, a member of the Salamander family.  Click here

Reptiles

The Texas Banded Gecko is a species that is native to the Chihuahuan Desert.  Click here

Desert Millipede

The Desert Millipede can be found throughout Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Click here

Animal Feeding

Turtles

The Nature Center's Desert Box Turtle and Ornate Box Turtle eat a meal. Click here

Residents of the Nature Center's community turtle tank enjoy a meal of shrimp.  Click here 

Observe a Sonoran Mud Turtle using his long claws to help tackle a large piece of shrimp.  Click here

Everyone's favorite snapping turtle, Zilla, enjoys a snack of frozen-thawed mice.  Click here

Red Spotted Toads

'Kermit and Ms. Piggy' enjoy a delicious spread of mealworms.  Click here

Snakes

Nelly, a female Gopher Snake.  Click here

Granny, a Desert Kinsgsnake, is seen eating a mouse. Granny was hatched in captivity in 1988.  Click here

Granny, a Desert Kingsnake. Click here

Doughnut, the museum's resident Variable Kingsnake uses his tongue to 'taste the air' to find his prey.  Click here

Sprinkles, an Arizona Mountain Kingsnake, is a little beauty on display. Click here

Amphibians and Lizards

Collard Lizards Click here

A New Mexico Spadefoot eats mealworms. Click here

The Nature Center's resident Tiger Salamander and Woodhouse's toad eat from a tray of mealworms. Watch an overzealous toad and one annoyed salamander together.  *No animals were harmed in the making of this video.   Click here

Archaeology Day

Dripping Springs

Garrett Leitermann tells stories of the area’s history and its famous residents. Click here

Modoc Hill

In the late 1800s and early 1900s the mill was used to process galena ore and other minerals. Click here

Van Patten Mountain Camp

Eugene Van Patten, one of the important city leaders of early Las Cruces, built a grand hotel and resort on this spot in the late 1800s. Click here

Boyd Property

In the early 1900s, Dr. Nathan Boyd constructed a number of cottages and open-air tent areas on site to accommodate resort visitors who sought the high-altitude of the Organs to treat their respiratory related illnesses, such as tuberculosis. Click here

Hayner / Cox Ranch

Built by the Hayner family in the late 1930s and used by the Cox Ranch.  Click here

"Finding Common Ground between Science and Humanity (Indigenous Perspectives) in Archaeology." 

The discussion features Anthropology Professors at New Mexico State University.  Click here

Arte Cubano

Cuban Art Dance

Enjoy a lecture with Ms Neri Torres of UTEP.  Click here

Esterio Segura

Enjoy a conversation with Esterio Segura.Click here

Artventurous

Land Art-Crop Circles

Make your own mini herb crop circle. Click here

Land Art-Painted Desert

Let's "paint" our own desert with sand based on the Painted Desert in Arizona. Click here

Land Art-City of Rocks

Make your own rock city based on the City of Rocks State Park in New Mexico. Click here

Magic Realism-Cardboard Creatures

Make a cardboard creature based on the work of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Click here

Magic Realism-Art Scrolls

Make an art scroll based on the work of Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Click here

Magic Realism-Bag Puppets

Make a bag puppet based on the work of American puppeteer Jim Henson. Click here

Magic Realism-Creature Drawings

Make a crazy creature based on the art of Swiss painter H. R. Giger.  Click here

Water Art-Sponge Painting

Make a sponge painting based on the work of Yves Klein.  Click here

Water Art-Bubble Painting

Bubble your way to a one-of-a-kind art piece.  Click here

Water Art-Paint Pouring

Let your creativity flow with paint pouring.  Click here

Water Art-Drip Painting

Make splashy paintings with water and food colorinig.  Click here

Arte Povera-Synthetic

Make a piece of art using rubber and plastic.  Click here

Arte Povera-Nature

Make a piece of art using natural materials.  Click here

Arte Povera-Kitchen Stuff

Make a piece of art using items in your kitchen.  Click here

Arte Povera-Paper Scraps

Make a piece of art using bits of paper.  Click here

Cuban Art-Enrique Martinez Celaya

A fun and challenging activity for you to make at home.  Click here

Cuban Art-Pedro Pablo Oliva

Click here for a fun activity to do at home.

Cuban Art-Alain Pino

For instructions Click here

Cuban Art-Atelier Morales

Your at home art adventure. Click here

Cuban Art-Miguel Florido

Have fun with this activity at home. Click here

Cuban Art - Rene Francisco

Enjoy a craft you can make at home.  Click here

Cuban Art - Frank Martinez

Instructions and materials to create your masterpiece are listed here. Click here

Cuban Art - Jose Bedia

For materials and instructions for your activity Click here

Cuban Art-Lidzie Alvisa

Your art activity will be based on her 2005 diptych "Girasoles de Van Gogh".  Click here

Cuban Art-Los Carpinteros

Your activity is based on their 2004 sculpture “Sandalia”. Click here

Cuban Art-Juan Carlos Rivera-Cintra.

A fun and challenging activity for you to make at home. Click here

Cuban Art-"Sin Titulo (Untitled)"

The featured art piece is Kcho's 2003 drawing.  Instructions are listed here.  Click here

Shapes--Geometric

By focusing on Frank Stella's 1967 art piece "Harran II" and its use of bold colors and geometric shapes you can create your own art.  Click here

Shapes--The Snail

We will focus on Henri Matisse's 1953 art piece "The Snail" and its bizarre yet intricate use of colors and abstract shapes. Click here

Shapes--Abstract circles

Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky will be the theme for this art activity.  Follow along with these instructions Click here

Shapes--Dutch Art

For a fun activity, focus on the Dutch Art style known as De Stijl. Click here

Weather & Sky--Starry Night

Instructions to make your own art using inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh's 1888 painting "Starry Night Over the Rhone".  Click here 

Weather & Sky--Snow

Focus on the snow and take inspiration from Vincent van Gogh's 1888 "Landscape with Snow".  Click here

Weather & Sky--Rain

Make your own arts and crafts from home, follow along with these graphics for the material list and instructions featuring the art of Vincent van Gogh, focusing on rain from his 1889 painting La Pluie (Rain).  Click here

Weather & Sky--Sun

Make your own arts and crafts from home, follow along with these graphics for the material list and instructions featuring the art of Vincent van Gogh, focusing on the sun from his 1888 painting, "The Sower". Click here

Weather & Sky--Wind

Make your own arts and crafts from home, follow along with these graphics for the material list and instructions featuring the art of Vincent van Gogh, focusing on wind from his series of paintings titled, "Wheat Field with Cypresses". Click here

Brown Bag Lecture

Restoration of Phillips Chapel

Enjoy a lecture on the restoration of the Phillips Chapel in the Mesquite Historic District presented by Faith Hutson of DACC. Click here

"Victorio Peak: One Hundred Tons Of Gold Or Just One Hundred Tall Tales"  

Enjoy a  lecture with Jim Eckles.  Click here

Community Care

Community Share

Community Share connects community members to teachers and projects in order to support education here in Las Cruces. Click here

Culture of Empowerment

Know Your Rights-Students

Learn about students rights form the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)  Click here

Know Your Rights

Maria Coronado from ACLU of New Mexico presents a brief history of farmworker's rights as well as tips for farmworkers, and all workers, to work safe and advocate for themselves within the law.  Click here

Dino Days

Paleo Puzzles

Keep thinking like a scientist while putting together pieces of the prehistoric puzzle. Click here

Trilobite Fossils

Put on your paleontologist hat and excavate fossils. Click here

Balloon Dinosaur

Think about the diversity of ancient animals while you create a balloon dinosaur. Click here

Salt Dough Fossil

Think about how fossils are formed while making salt-dough fossils in the kitchen.  


Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta presents her powerful story and legacy.  Click here

Learn from youth that are migrant and seasonal farmworkers, dairyworkers, and ranchworkers as well as students and leaders on the New Mexico State University campus. They are part of the CAMP (college assistance for migrants program) at NMSU. Click here

Engage with the farmworker experience and the work being done for equality and protection of farmworkers here in our community.  Click here

Education Station

Dioramas

Make a diorama inspired by the topography and geography of Cuba. Click here

Nose Sculptures

Make a nose sculpture inspired by the art of Yoan Capote.  Click here

Storytelling

Tell a fun "what if" story about a decision you could have made in the past.  Click here

Dinosaur Discoveries-Stop Motion

Make a dinosaur themed stop motion puppet armature. Click here

Dinosaur Discoveries-Eggs

Make your own breakable dinosaur eggs.  Click here

Faux Stained Glass Jars

Decorate a colorful and crafty glass jar.  Click here

Watercolors-Father's Day

Make a custom father's day card with a watercolor painting.  Click here

Watercolors-Mother's Day

Make a custom mother's day card with a watercolor painting.  Click here

Watercolors-Ocean

Make an ocean themed watercolor painting. Click here

Watercolors-Desert

Make a desert themed watercolor painting.Click here

Suitcase Diorama

Make a miniature suitcase diorama.  For instructions Click here

Shadow Box Scene

Create a miniature scenes in a shadow box inspired by White Sands National Park and the work of photographer Emmitt Booher. Click here

Coin Dishes

Make a coin dish inspired by the topography of White Sands National Park and the work of photographer Emmitt Booher. Click here

Cuban artist Carlos Alberto Montes de Oca.

Make a mixed media art piece.  Click here

Cuban artist Katiuska Saavedra Leyva.

Make a three-dimensional art piece.  Click here

Japanese orihon folding books

Make your own accordion book based on the traditional Japanese orihon folding books.  Click here

Art of Casting

Make your own crafty casts from plaster by following along with these instructions.  Click here

Faux Lava Lamps

Make a faux lava lamp based on an exhibition from the Las Cruces Museum of Art.  Click here

Pass the Story Game

Combine storytelling with illustration through the Pass the Story game.  Click here

Family Science

Crystallization

Explore crystallization in your kitchen. Click here

Build a Robot that draws

Complete instructions are listed here

Dissect an Owl pellet

Learn about the digestive system of predatory birds.  Click here

Electroscope

Build an electroscope to observe the transfer of electrostatic charge.  Click here

Solar Oven

Make a melty treat with a homemade solar oven.  Click here

Ice Cream

Make your own ice cream by changing the physical properties of your ingredients.  Click here.

Polymers

Use polymers to take your slime to the next level.  Adjust your recipe to make a bouncy ball.  Click here.

Egg Dying

Dyeing eggs is a spring tradition kids of all ages look forward to.  Experiment with the water:vinegar ration to find the best method to get the colors you want.  Click here.

Fossil Day

Marine life from the Permian Period

The Paleozoic Trackways National Monument is right in our backyard and is home to both marine and trace fossils from this time.Click here

Horseshoe crabs

These “moon-shaped traces” were made by horseshoe crabs digging. Click here

Undichna

A trace fossil found on fossilized prehistoric sea floors. Click here

Crinoids, or sea lilies

These marine animals live in shallow water and filter feed on plankton. Click here

Brachiopods

These shelled animals live on the seabed in cold and tropical waters.  Click here


History Notes

Black History of New Mexico:  Buffalo Soldiers

Explore their contribution to developing the West as we know it and specifically their relationship to the state of New Mexico. Click here

Significance of the Afro-Frontier: Blackdom

Explore the Afro-Frontier to identify the history evoked with Dr. Timothy Nelson.  Click here

Black History of New Mexico: "Imagining Race and Space in Albuquerque"

A presentation by Dr. Natasha Howard. Click here

Searching for Safety

A presentation by Dr. Neil Harvey outlines the history of migration policies and research on migrants' experiences.  Click here

Immigration Policy

A presentation on the last 25 years of immigration policy and it's impact on families.  Click here


Indigenous Speaker Series

The Eagle and the Condor Meet

A discussion from a group of Indigenous youth in New Mexico about their exchange with Indigenous Mayan people in Guatemala. Click here

Indigenizing the Borderlands Workshop

 Learn about what "Indigenizing" means to Indigenous people of our borderland and the work they are doing for the community. Click here

Indigenous Science: Ancient Pathways to a Sustainable Future 

Lyla June speaks about the long and prolific legacy of Indigenous Science and the wisdom and practical responses that it holds for modern day society’s greatest challenges. Click here

Iniquitous: Trapped in the Room

Chantelle Yazzie-Martin 

Yazzie-Martin uses digital photography and incorporates embroidery in her work.  Click here

Inland Sea 

Artists Talk from Photographer featured in the Inland Sea Exhibit: Allyson Packer

August 7, 2020, 5:30-6:30 PM 

Featured on the Las Cruces Museums Facebook page on Facebook Live.  Click here

Jaws, Paws and Claws

End of the dinosaurs

Swipe through to find out what brought about the end of the age of dinosaurs.  Click here


Listen to Your Art

Beatrix Potter

An art history lecture by Professor Kathleen H Key of UTEP  Click here

Luchadoras

Panel de Discusion:  Luchadoras Femenistas

Luchadoras de El Paso, TX y Ciudad Juárez, México cuentan sus historias, y comparten cómo han sido empoderadas por sus carreras en el cuadrilátero. 

Luchadoras from El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juárez, México tell their stories and share how they have been empowered by their careers in the wrestling ring. 

Traducción al inglés disponible en forma de subtítulos. (English translation available in closed captions).

13 de agosto 2020, 5:30 PM  Click here


Museum Appreciation Day

Bryan Lee, Education Curator  

Bryan will take you around the Museum of Art and share some details about his career in museums.  Click here

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

This museum shares the fascinating 4,000-year history of agriculture in our region.  This video was filmed in 2019, before the state mandate on masks for COVID Safe Practices was put into effect.  Click here

Collections at the Las Cruces Museum System

Sarah Thomson, our Collections Manager, presents our online portal that displays the Las Cruces Museum System's objects on exhibit at each museum and the online exhibit.  Click here

University Art Museum at NMSU

This video walk-through of their Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery features part of the "Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020" exhibition, on display until December 6, 2020.  

Office Assistant, Reyna Blahnik

Reyna shares an encouraging message about lifelong learning and the wonders that museums have to offer!  Click here

Las Cruces Museum Staff

Watch the videos from our museum staff in sequence.  Click here



Observations2: A Portrait of the White Sands National Monument

Emmitt Booher

Emmitt Booher shows his exhibit. Click here

Olla Comunitaria

Hunger issues in Guatemala

Listen to a presentation from the UN Solidarity about the network and method of community support during COVID-19.  Click here  Continued here

Pre-K

Jupiter

Explore Jupiter and its moons with this mobile activity Click here

Galaxies

Learn about galaxies with this pinwheel activity Click here

Parasauolophus

Learn about the parasauolophus.  Click here

Stegosaurus

Junior Paleontologists can learn about the stegosaurus when you Click here

New Mexico Bats

Activity instructions are listed here. Click here

Night Flyers

Learn about night flyers like the New Mexico owls. Activity instructions are n English and Spanish. Click here

Moon

Learn about the moon with this activity from the Museum of Nature and Science.  Click here

Solar System

Scale it down to fit in your pocket!  For instructions in English and Spanish Click here

Paleontology

Be a junior paleontologist.  For instructions in English and Spanish Click here

Fish in the Desert?

For printable instructions and a template Click here

Feed a Frog Game

Meet the frogs and toads from the Nature Center and make your own feed a frog game.  Click here.

Snake Shape Model

Meet one of the snakes from the Nature Center and practice using shapes to make a model.  Click here.

Meteor Model

Make a model meteor and learn the difference between a comet, asteroid, and meteor.  Click here.

Solar System Model

Create a model solar system with homemade window clings.  Click here.

Stegosaurus

Meet stegosaurus and practice writing your name, the alphabet, or numbers.  Click here.

Arbor Day

Celebrate Arbor Day by learning about trees and making a leaf print drawing.  Click here.

Dissect Chicken Egg

Learn which types of animals lay eggs.  Follow along as we dissect a chicken egg to see how eggs work to grow new life.  Click here.

STEAMpunk

Friedrich Mohs, a mineralogist.

 Learn how to field identify minerals by using the Mohs Hardness Scale.  Click here

Nintendo

Make your own extendable grabber. Click here

Jet Pack

Launch a fizzy jet pack inspired by inventor and engineer Juan Miguel Lozano.  Click here.

Dissection of Cow's eye

Follow along with a virtual dissection of a cow's eye and learn about ophthalmological pioneer Dr. Patricia Bath.  Click here.

Board Game

Design, build, and test your own board game inspired by game designer Lizzie Magey.  Click here.

Kinetoscope

Create a flipstick cartoon inspired by the inventor of the first moving picture machine, the kinetoscope, William Dickson.  Click here.

STEM Night

Super Hero's

Use your imagination and real science t describe your hero's origin and powers before drawing your own super hero comic strip.  Click here

Zombies

Use the laws of motion and some homemade tiny defenses to protect yourself from hordes of tiny zombies. Click here

Build a Mars Rover

Build a model rover to explore the Martian landscape.  Click Here for instructions

Animal Anatomy Exploration

Follow along with this virtual dissection of a frog to learn about the anatomy of animals.  Click here

Studio Programs

Studio Art Demo

Weave using materials at home. Click here

Learn Chinese brush painting. Click here

Paint a portrait of your pet. Click here

Learn how to throw clay on the wheel.  Click here

Learn how to make plaster pumpkins using balloons.  Click here

Learn how to make a zine.  Click here

Learn some new watercolor and marker techniques.  Click here

Learn how to paint a landscape using watercolors. Click here

Learn to make wearable art. Click here

Learn how to draw a landscape using pastels. Click here

Learn how to make collage mosaics.  Click here


Meet Art Instructors

Loretta Click here

Maria Click here

Cierra Click here


Summer Wednesdays

Dinosaur Night Lights

Make your own night light from a mason jar and brighten your room with dinosaur dazzle.  Click here

Gardening with Native Plants

Learn about the best native plants for gardens in the Las Cruces region with Dr. Ivette Guzman.  Click here

Teen Science Cafe

Fossils and Evolution.

Geologist Dr. Brian Hampton from New Mexico State University's Department of Geological Sciences will take you on a tour of the fossils in the Zuhl Museum.  Learn about the history of life on Earth.  Click here

Mapping the Crescent Moon

Learn how telescopes are controlled remotely.  Click here

Through a Different Lens: One Women's Experience in Vietnam

Frances Williams

Ms. Williams shares her life and story.  Click here