The Las Cruces Museum of Natural History is dedicated to interpreting the Chihuahuan Desert and making science accessible to everyone. Our exhibits include a selection of reptiles, amphibians and fish of the Chihuahuan Desert, an exhibition about the Paleozoic Trackways found just outside of Las Cruces and the Magic Planet: allowing everyone to explore our Solar System. The museum also has an active schedule of activities and classes offered to the public that support our mission.

Address:
411 N. Main Street
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Region:
SouthWest
Phone:
(575) 522-3120
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Events

Fetch! ™ at the Farmer's Market

Every Saturday morning at the Farmer's Market, staff from the museum will present a fun, educational hands-on activity of experiment for people of all ages. Based on the PBS television show Fetch!™ with Ruff Ruffman!

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
City:
Las Cruces

Animal Encounters

Museum Naturalist Richard Quick will present a different Chihuahuan Desert Animal each Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM.  Presentations range through mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and arthropods.  For each day, you can expect a presentation about the animal and a close up view of these elusive creatures.  For information about a particular day, please contact the museum.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
City:
Las Cruces

Dinosaurs A to Z

Everyone is invited to join us at the museum every Friday to explore the ancient world in Dinosaurs A to Z! Every week we choose a new ancient animal to discuss, working our way through the alphabet, one letter at a time. A hands-on project for children follows each discussion. For details about a specific date, please contact the museum at (575) 522-3120.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
City:
Las Cruces

Grandma Mona's Science Storytime

Pre-K children and their families are invited to join us at the museum every Thursday for activities especially for them.  On the 2nd Thursday, we host Grandma Mona's Science Storytime, a craft and story time.  For details about a specific date, please contact the museum at (575) 522-3120.

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
City:
Las Cruces

Dinosaur Train ™

Pre-K children and their families are invited to join us at the museum every Thursday for activities especially for them.  On the 4th Thursday, we host Dinosaur Train™, based on the PBS television show and explore the worlds of science, dinosaurs and trains.  For details about a specific date, please contact the museum at (575) 522-3120.

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
City:
Las Cruces

Nature Kids

Pre-K children and their families are invited to join us at the museum every Thursday for activities especially for them.  On the 3rd Thursday, we host Nature Kids, an exploration into our desert home.  For details about a specific date, please contact the museum at (575) 522-3120.

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
City:
Las Cruces

Planeteers!

Pre-K children and their families are invited to join us at the museum every Thursday for activities especially for them.  On the 1st Thursday, we host Planeteers!, an exploration into our Universe.  For details about a specific date, please contact the museum at (575) 522-3120.

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
City:
Las Cruces