Museum of Nature & Science


City of Las Cruces Museums remains temporarily closed to reduce the risk to our communities during the public health emergency. Visit for the most up to date information on COVID-19 in New Mexico.

This museum is about looking and understanding - looking up to the stars, looking out to the desert, and looking down to see ancient fossils. There are three primary permanent exhibits:

  • Desert Life
  • Light and Space
  • Permian Trackways

All of the permanent exhibit text and labels are presented in both English and Spanish.

  1. Family Programs
  2. Programs for Kids
  3. Programs for Teens
  4. Programs for Adults

Animal Encounters

2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10 a.m. 

Learn all about the diversity of the Chihuahuan Desert and beyond as you explore the different families of animals with an up-close look at some of the Nature Center's resident species. 

Animal Feedings

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Saturdays of each month, 11 a.m.

It's time for brunch in the Nature Center! Watch and learn how and what different species of animals eat at this live animal feeding. 

No Animal Feedings on  August 10

Saturday Family Science

First Saturday of each month, 11:30 a.m.

Bring your curiosity and your family to the museum for a hands-on investigation. Work as a team to explore a new topic each month.