For at least 4,000 years, people have been growing food in this region and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum tells this incredible story through interactive exhibits, demonstrations, oral histories, objects, and educational programs. The Museum shares this remarkable story of survival, ingenuity, and hope. It connects generations and weaves together people from various cultures that are uniquely New Mexico. Visitors from around the world have enjoyed the Museum, one of the region’s top attractions. The 47-acre campus in Las Cruces features several barns, animals, a greenhouse, play areas for children, an amphitheater, the Heritage Garden and much more. Permanent and changing exhibits, as well as a theater, library, gift shop, snack bar, and meeting rooms are located in the 100,000-square-feet, ranch-style main building, named after Bruce King, New Mexico’s only three-term governor and rancher. The exhibits feature everything from antique equipment and saddle making to fine art. Programs include special events throughout the year, daily demonstrations, the monthly Culture Series, as well as workshops. We retrieve memories for some visitors, educate others, and provide a fun-filled day for everyone. The Museum is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and last year received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums.
The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9-5, and on Sunday from noon to 5. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4 to 17, and free for children 3 and under and Museum Friends members.