The Branigan Cultural Center hosts changing cultural exhibits, as well as educational programs, classes, and other special events. The building is on the National and State Registries of Historic Buildings.



Parking is at 500 N Water Street on the north end of Main Street Downtown, next to the Museum of Art.

Landscape photo of the Branigan Cultural Center Building


To book a tour, please email Museum Education or call the tour coordinator at (575) 528-3330.


A patchwork of red yellow and orange fabric stitched to look like a spiky caterpillar

Thorns & Trees:
 Art Quilts by 4 Common Corners 

April 16- June 18, 2022

In this compilation, members of the quilting group 4 Common Corners used the natural environment as their theme by bringing attention to the animals and vegetation of New Mexico and surrounding states. 

Take off Aviation

Cleared for Take-Off:

Aviation in Southern New Mexico

Oct 1st-Fall 2022 

Cleared for Takeoff examines over 100 years of regional aviation history, both military and civilian, in southern New Mexico, using photographs, oral histories, and historic objects. Starting with the introductory use of military airplanes in 1916 after Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, NM, the exhibition explores the local impact of aviation-related training programs offered through the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts during World War II and the post-war era. It addresses the flourishing of civilian aviation in the 1950s–1960s, with the formation of flying clubs and shuttle airlines dotting southern New Mexico. With the decline of leisure flying beginning in the 1980s, it notes the changing nature of local aviation in the 21st Century. Come learn more about aviation history in southern New Mexico.


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blue alien woman with mouth agape and eyes closed painted in watercolorThe Voice of a Two Spirit

May 6-July 16, 2022

The Voice of a Two Spirit presents artwork by Marcy Angeles, a regional artist who explores her life experiences as an Indigenous Two Spirit through her art. Angeles’ artwork presents her conflict of living within a culture and power structure dominated by white Christian men while honoring her Indigenous heritage and embodying two gender spirits within one human body. By embracing her Two Spirit being, Angeles acknowledges the continuum of gender identity and its expression through gender fluidity. Angeles’ goal is to heal herself from traumas she has experienced, and by doing so, offer healing to others.