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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. Our museum system includes:

Senior Couple watching a old Mexican wrestler movie surrounded by luchador mask


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.

Gallery with pictures, ceramic vases and a big wooden bench


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.

Little Boy playing at the exhibit


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.

Model railroad train


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.


Neon sign that says Libre


Stories from the ring

March 6 - October 17 

Branigan Cultural Center

Lucha Libre is a type of professional wrestling originating in Mexico, in which the contestants wear masks and use rapid, acrobatic techniques. Learn what it takes to become a wrestler, about masks the wrestlers wear, and how luchadores– the Spanish word for wrestlers, have influenced many areas, including art and social justice issues.


Picture frames of sea creatures in a gallery wall


Branigan Cultural Center

Inland Sea refers to New Mexico’s geological history and the time in which the desert was a marine environment. While the ancient sea is long gone, much of the rock from this time remains, and the desert environment, in many ways, retains the vastness of an open sea. Allyson Packer explores spaces in urban landscapes and begins each piece by talking to homeowners to capture the character of domestic landscaping in the southwest. 


Colonial desk carved in solid woodWOOD FOR WOOD

The WPA and Spanish Colonial Style Furniture

July 14 - October 6

Branigan Cultural Center

The 1930s economic depression and resulting job losses caused a steep decline in America’s standard of living. With the 1933 inauguration of President Franklin Roosevelt, new federal relief programs were announced with the goal of providing jobs and training to move people out of unemployment.