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Programs & Activities

Holiday Open House

Friday, December 1, 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for a special holiday event where we welcome Santa to Las Cruces and enjoy holiday model train displays, delicious refreshments, holiday music, children's holiday craft activities, and festive holiday decorations. Kick of the holiday season in style!

Story Time

1st and 3rd Saturday of each month
11am - 11:30 am

Discover the joy of reading with stories and related activities for families who love trains and railroads.

Please note: no story times in December

Mrs. Prickett's Story Time

2nd Thursday of each month
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Mrs. Prickett's Story Time at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum is so much more than just listening to a story. Mrs. Prickett and her delightful puppets read books and tell stories that are sure to engage children of all ages. A related activity appropriate for pre-school children will follow the story. Free.

Please note: no story times in December

Coloring Club for Adults

2nd and 4th Friday of each month
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Coloring books for adults are among the top selling books in the country, and women all over the country are discovering the joy of Ladies Coloring Clubs. Countless people are discovering that this is a fun way to recapture one of the joys of childhood in a safe and relaxing environment. It’s OK to color outside the lines or use unexpected colors. Enjoy the companionship of other women who want to free their inner artist. Gentlemen are welcome, also, but no children, please. The event is BYOB and C - Bring Your Own Book and Colored pencils. We will also have supplies on hand, including a variety of pages ready to be colored, from simple pictures to intricate designs.

Please note: no coloring club in December

Brown Bag Lecture Series

2nd Tuesday of each month (except May and December)
12:00 pm

Bring your lunch and listen to presentations on regional history, the railroad, and other topics of interest. Free.

Join us:

  • No lecture will be held in December

Family Game Day

2nd Saturday of each month
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what kinds of activities your grandparents enjoyed before electronic games were invented? Develop hand-eye coordination with Jacks and Cup and Ball Toss, stimulate your mind with puzzles, and challenge friends to a game of Dominos. Stop in anytime between 10 am and noon to try your hand at early 20th century games. Free.

Please note: no Game Day November or December

Rail Readers Book Club

3rd Wednesday of each month (except April, August, and December)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you enjoy a good book? The Club discusses a different train-related novel each month (new readers always welcome). Free.

Join us:

  • November 15 - Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjean
  • No Book Club in December

Permanent Exhibit

Step back in time to a place where steam engines still rumbled through the countryside. Our Museum is housed in a 1910 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Depot and is one of the most significant historic sites in Las Cruces. Exhibits include information on local Santa Fe Railway workers, railroad communication, as well as interpretation of the building itself.

Picture of red caboose

In spring 2010, the museum acquired a 1890s wooden caboose. This caboose is believed to have worked the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railway line before being transferred to the Fort Worth and Denver Railway in the 1960s. In 1968, it was retired at a rail yard in west Texas and sold into private hands. The new owners used the caboose for 40 years before gifting it to the Railroad Museum. The caboose is not open to the public as we perform a condition assessment, fundraising, and conduct a restoration project. The caboose is located in the lot just north of the depot and is available for pictures. It is currently undergoing renovations thanks to Stout Flooring, the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums, and our amazing cadre of volunteers!

Picture of Las Cruces Museum Model Train Display

Also, don’t miss our model train room. We have three model layouts, including one that you can run yourself. One of the hands on model layouts was designed and built by students during summer programs at the museum. Another is a train table for tots. Our newest and largest layout was built over 2009 and 2010 from funds raised in response to a Challenge Grant from an anonymous donor. This HO layout depicts railroading in the southwest in the 1940s and 1950s. It includes a switching yard, a vibrant downtown area featuring a few buildings from Las Cruces’ past, and outlaying farms and mountains. The model room also has display cases of model trains by various makers and of different scales/gauges.