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New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

Finding Your Place

The Heritage Garden is the newest venue at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces. Photo: NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.

Many people experience a sense of belonging when they visit the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

Maybe it’s because the museum tells the stories of our ancestors. It reminds us that we all have a connection with agriculture in one way or another.

While New Mexico’s incredible 4,000-year history of growing food is unique and exclusive compared to other parts of the country, it becomes inclusive when it comes to the people involved. All cultures in the region have played important roles in this story, and maybe that’s why “finding your place” is natural at this museum.

When families visit the museum, it’s common to see a grandparent talking to a grandchild about tools or other objects and explain with comments such as, “this is the way we used to do it,” or “this is what my grandfather used.”

Whether it’s through the thousands of objects on display, the demonstrations, or the special programs and workshops, the museum connects generations and weaves together cultures.

This winter marks the 20th anniversary of the completion of the museum’s main building, an expansive, ranch-style structure named after New Mexico’s only three-term governor, the late Bruce King, who also happened to be a rancher. The building includes 20,000 square feet of galleries and exhibit space, along with a theater, ballrooms, gift shop, and snack bar.

The museum is on 47 acres on the southeastern edge of Las Cruces, and in the 18-plus years since it’s been open to the public, much has been accomplished and more buildings have been added. In 2007, the Historic Green Bridge was moved from Lincoln County to the museum, where it provides access across the Tortugas Arroyo to the various barns, greenhouse, and animal pens on the “South 20” portion of the campus.

The NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday Noon–5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The barns close at 4 p.m. each day, but visitors may still walk to see the livestock until 5 p.m. Adults $5, Seniors (60+) $4, Children (4-17) $3, Active US military & veterans $2, Children 3 and under and museum members with card: Free

The museum is located just off Interstate 25 in Las Cruces at 4100 Dripping Springs Road. Take the University Exit (Exit 1) and go east 1.5 miles.

The newest venue at the museum is the Heritage Garden, which officially opened in September 2016. It’s a beautifully landscaped area in front of the Bruce King Building that can be used for catered events and pays tribute to the Friends of the Museum.

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces
575-522-4100 |

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