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.

Admission is free.

Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-4:30pm
Saturday 9:00am-4:30pm

Open 'til 8pm Thursday evenings

411 N. Main Street
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 522-3120
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Animal Encounters

Discover animals from our local area and from around the world. Each week we will focus on a different class of animals. 07/02 - Birds 07/09 - Mammals 07/16 - Invertebrates & Arthropods 07/23 - Fish 07/30 - Amphibians

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Las Cruces


The Science, Nature, and Art Program (SNAP!) encourages visitors to embrace their artistic creativity while engaging in activities inspired by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Architecture, and Mathematics). Discover your creative capabilities with a new project each week. The activity is set up in the atrium between the Museum of Nature and Science and The Museum of Art. 07/02 - Suminagashi: Floating Ink Paper Marbling 07/09 - Packing Peanuts & Popcorn 07/16 - Soap Bubble Art 07/23 - Water Cycle 07/30 - Under Pressure

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Las Cruces

Today in Space

Join us for another edition in this series as Bert Ransom space enthusiast, highlights some of the dramatic discoveries and incredible advances that are happening now in astronomy and space exploration. This lecture is free and registration is not required.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Las Cruces

Pre-K Program: Grandma Mona's Science Story Time

Thursday morning MONAS offers Pre-K Programs, designed for children under 6. We have four programs on a rotating schedule: Grandma Mona's Story Time, Planeteers, Nature Kids, and Dinosaur Train. 07/07 - Grandma Mona's Science Story Time Join Grandma Mona as she reads her new book, "There Was A Coyote Who Swallowed A Flea" by Jennifer Ward. Afterward, we'll do a fun, related activity. 07/14 - Planeteers Did you know that Mars is home to the largest volcano in our solar system? It also has an atmosphere that is mostly composed of carbon dioxide and is pinkish red in appearance. Join us as we take a deeper look into this wondrous planet. A related activity will follow 07/21 - Dinosaur Train Slim dinosaurs were believed to be the fastest dinosaurs of them all. This included the Compsognathus and Ornithomimus. Come explore this interesting subject with us and enjoy a related activity afterward! 07/28 - Nature Kids Did you know that light can be reflected up to 4 times within water droplets producing not only a double rainbow but possibly a tertiary or quaternary rainbow? Come join us and find out more interesting facts about this wonderful phenomenon.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Las Cruces