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Dona Ana County Government 845 N. Motel Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM 88007
County Switchboard: (575) 647-7200
Toll Free: (877) 827-7200
TDD: (575) 525-5951
Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau
211 N. Water St.
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

Phone: (575) 541-2444
Fax: (575) 541-2164
TTY: (575) 541-2142

City of Las Cruces, NM City Hall
P.O. Box 20000
Las Cruces, NM 88004
Switchboard (575) 541-2000
Voice 541-2100
Fax 541-2183
TTY 541-2182
Town of Mesilla, NM Mesilla Town Hall
2231 Avenida de Mesilla
P.O. Box 10
Mesilla, NM 88046
Phone: (575) 524-3262
Fax: (575) 541-6327

LIBRARIES
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library
LDS Family History Center Las Cruces New Mexico
2915 E Idaho Ave
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Phone: 575-522-1891
Hours: T-W 6:30pm-9pm; Th 10am-9pm; Sat 9am-Noon.
NEWSPAPERS
The Las Cruces Sun-News The main area newspaper
The Las Cruces Bulletin News since 1969
The El Paso Times
The Albuquerque Journal
MUSEUMS
Branigan Cultural Center 501 N. Main St. on the Downtown Mall

Free admission
The Branigan Cultural Center features in-house and traveling exhibitions, regional historical and permanent collections and the work of local and regional artists.
Doña Ana County Historical Museum of Lawmen 845 N. Motel Blvd.
Inside the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department
575-525-1911

Free admission
Artifacts include law enforcement and historical memorabilia, gun collection, a memorial to fallen officers and Pat Garrett’s desk.
Fort Selden State Monument
1280 Fort Selden Rd.
15 miles north of Las Cruces on either Interstate 25 exit 19 or Highway 185
575-526-8911

Admission $3
Fort Selden was built in 1865 by the United States Army to protect the settlers of the Mesilla Valley and was the original home of the Buffalo Soldiers. Today, part of the fort’s adobe brick walls remain along with a visitor center featuring exhibits on frontier and military life. Living history demonstrations are occasionally offered on weekends.
Las Cruces Museum of Art

491 N. Main St. on the Downtown Mall
575-541-2137

Free admission
The Las Cruces Museum of Art hosts traveling exhibits and features the works of regionally and nationally known artists. The exhibits change several times a year and are often accompanied by lectures and demonstrations.

Las Cruces Railroad Museum

351 N. Mesilla St.
575-647-4480


Free admission
The Railroad Museum interprets the railroading history of Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley. Housed in a historic Santa Fe Depot, displays include railroading tools, railroadiana, and model trains.

Las Cruces Museum of Natural History

700 S. Telshor Blvd.
Inside the Mesilla Valley Mall
575-522-3120

Free admission
The museum features live animals and plants of the Chihuahuan Desert, along with hands-on science and natural history exhibits for children. Visiting shows run the gamut from dinosaurs to the solar system.

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

4100 Dripping Springs Rd.
1.5 miles east of Telshor Blvd. on University Ave.
575-522-4100


Admission $1-5
The museum is 47 acres packed with real stories about real people. The interactive museum brings to life the 3,000-year history of farming and ranching in New Mexico. Visitors can watch a cow being milked, stroll along corrals filled with livestock, enjoy gardens or watch hands-on exhibits such as blacksmithing, quilting, water dosing and more. Living history demonstrations are occasionally
offered on weekends.

New Mexico State University Arthropod Museum

Skeen Hall, Room 168
Corner of Espina Dr. and College Dr. on the campus of NMSU.
575-646-7082

Free admission. Appointments not needed but call ahead.
A collection of approximately 140,000 arthropod specimens from the American Southwest and northern Mexico, with a special emphasis on arthropods from the state of New Mexico.

New Mexico State University Museum- Kent Hall 1280 E. University Ave.
Corner of University Ave. and Solano Dr.
575-646-5161.
Free admission
The Museum collections are primarily anthropological with secondary collections in history and the natural sciences. The collections document the cultural diversity of the border in the greater southwest United States and northern Mexico, focusing on the traditions of on-going historic and prehistoric cultures.
Shalam Colony & Oahspe Museum Shalam Colony & Oahspe Museum
1145 E. Mesa Ave.
575-524-9830

Free admission. By appointment only.
The Shalam Colony & Oahspe Mystery Museum is a small museum showcasing the true story of a mysterious manuscript and the first children’s utopia that was created because of it, right here in Las Cruces.
Space Murals, Inc. 12450 Highway 70.
10 miles east of Las Cruces on Highway 70
575-382-0977

Free admission
The museum features a gigantic water tower mural and museum honoring the space program. There is also an astronaut gallery, space artifacts and gift shop.
White Sands Missile Range Museum and Missile Park

Located on White Sands Base
25 miles east of Las Cruces on Highway 70.
575-678-8824

Free admission
You must have a current driver's license, car registration and proof of insurance to enter the base. Tell sentries you are going to visit the museum and Missile Park.
The facilities focus on the origin of the U.S. missile and space programs, and the beginning of the nuclear age. The Missile Park features weapons that won the Cold War and Operation Desert Storm.

Zuhl Geological Collection at New Mexico State University 775 College Dr. inside the NMSU Alumni and Visitors Center.
575-646-3616

Free admission
The Zuhl collection at NMSU showcases thousands of beautiful specimens of petrified wood, fossils and minerals.

 

A big thank you to Elsa Altshool, the founding volunteer of this site.

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