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Programs & Activities

Explore New Mexico

Grades 6 - 8,

Discover New Mexico as the Branigan Cultural Center leads four separate bi-weekly Saturday trips for students to culturally significant locations in southern New Mexico. Trips are free of charge with transportation provided. Groups will meet at the museum at 8am and return at 4pm. Each participant should provide a packed lunch and plenty of water. Free pre-registration is required; space is limited to 13 participants. Registration ends the Wednesday before departure.

September 1 White Sands National Monument (Registration ends August 29 at 4pm)

September 15 City of Rocks (Registration ends September 12 at 4pm)

September 29 Three Rivers (Registration ends September 26 at 4pm)

October 13 Lake Valley Ghost Town (Registration ends October 10 at 4pm)

8th Annual Cultural Bazaar

Saturday, October 20, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

This family event features the traditions, art, dance, clothing, and other customs of more than a dozen cultures represented in Las Cruces. Traditional dance, music and songs from different cultures will be performed throughout the day. Student groups from NMSU and other community partners will be present demonstrating traditional customs.

Food Photography

Friday September 7, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Do you have an appetite for food and photography? Join the Museum of Art and Branigan Cultural Center for a mini workshop on how to photograph your food! Learn staging techniques on how to capture the right photograph that brings the yummiest of meals to life. Bring your own camera or smart phone. This drop-in will be held in the Branigan Cultural Center classroom.

History Notes Lectures

Thursdays at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (no lecture in December)

The Branigan Cultural Center hosts a monthly History Notes lecture on the second Thursday of each month. This year showcases the lives of influential people in the desert Southwest.

October 11 Jeff Schwehn, "The Messiah from New Mexico: Francis Schlatter"

September 13 David Lea Del Norte "Mesilla Valley Community of Hope"

November 8 David Thomas, "Billy the Kid’s Grave"

Geography Club

Saturdays, at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Drop in to learn about different U.S. states through arts and crafts.


1 Florida, 8 Alabama, 15 Tennessee, 22 Kentucky, 29 Ohio


6 Indiana, 13 Michigan, 20 Wisconsin, 27 Illinois


3 Mississippi, 10 Louisiana, 17 Arkansas, 24 Missouri


1 Iowa, 8 Minnesota, 15 North Dakota, 22 South Dakota, 29 Nebraska

Museum Guide Training

Museum guides, or docents, interact with students and other public groups in the galleries and facilitate tours of permanent and traveling exhibits. They also participate in and lead educational programs in association with exhibits. Training focuses on techniques of meeting the public, answering questions and presenting information relative to the exhibits. Call 541-2154 for more information.