New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
Agriculture is a major industry in southern New Mexico and carries an intriguing story that spans 4,000 years. As one of the most prominent Las Cruces attractions, the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., shares this history with visitors of all ages through exhibits, hands-on activities, and live demonstrations.
Nestled in the heart of Las Cruces, the Farm and Ranch Museum is a testament to the enduring spirit of the farming and ranching community. The Farm and Ranch Museum stretches 47 acres and is home to multiple structures that outline the history of agriculture from the ancient indigenous peoples who first settled in this area to the Spanish Colonial era to the settlers who traveled west seeking their fortunes. Through fascinating artifacts and interactive displays, you'll gain a profound appreciation for their wisdom and resourcefulness. The 24,000-square-foot main building houses permanent and temporary exhibits, meeting, and event spaces, a mercantile, working ranch, and a theater.
Things to do
The museum offers a wide variety of tours and activities that can enhance the overall experience. Visitors can choose from guided tours, adult group tours, livestock tours, and the Saturday camps which take place during the school year.
All tours involve both indoor and outdoor activities. Visitors can watch demonstrations in blacksmithing, salsa-making, weaving, and more. Plus, they can watch the “living history” unfold as they travel through various historical periods. Current exhibits include:
- Beyond the Farm
- The Dairy Farm
- Recent Aquisitions
- Her Land: Women in Agriculture
- New Mexico Colonial Home
- Riding Herd with Billy the Kid
- Home on the Range: From Ranches to Rockets
- Agricultural Beginnings
- And much more!
The Farm and Ranch Museum always has special events going on. Families can look forward to presentations about different aspects of farm life, innovation, and New Mexico history and culture. Annual staples like Cowboy Days, Ice Cream Sunday, Homegrown, and other events are affordable, family-friendly events that include access to museums' entire grounds along with admission.
So when looking for things to do in Las Cruces, adding the museum is a worthwhile choice. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a curious traveler, or a family seeking a memorable day out, the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum promises an experience like no other.