Welcome back to the Las Cruces Museums!


The Las Cruces Museum System is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of all our patrons and staff.  

Per the most recent public health order issued by the State of New Mexico regarding COVID-19, masks are now REQUIRED for all guests ages 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status.  The health order is in effect from August 20 to October 15, 2021, or until the State allows it to expire.  

The Museum of Nature and 

Science, the Museum of Art, and the Railroad Museum are  OPEN with no reservations needed!  Our normal operating hours are: 

Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4:30pm and Saturday – 9am - 4:30pm

The Branigan Cultural Center remains closed at this time for renovations and maintenance updates on this historic building.

Please check out our Calendar of Events for July - September, 2021.

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.



May 7 -July 24, 2021

Museum of Art

Showcasing the work of Chicana artist Sonya Fe. Her work reflects social and cultural issues with themes centering around women and children. Her use of bold brush strokes and vibrant colors create beautiful dynamic paintings, visual stories of women’s place in society, and childhood innocence in a rough world.

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Uncaged art exhibit image. art and title

Uncaged Art

July 2nd- September 18

Museums Courtyard

The Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces New Mexico is proud to announce the exhibit “Uncaged Art” July 2-September 18, 2021. This exhibit features images of mixed media artwork made by some of the child detainees previously held at the controversial Tornillo Detention Camp. Uncaged Art also investigates the history of similar encampments. The exhibit was created by the Museo Urbano in the History Department at the University of Texas at El Paso by Dr. Yolanda Chávez. Please join us for this outdoor exhibition

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