The forty-seven acres of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, NM are packed full of true stores of real people. Welcoming guests from throughout the world, this interactive museum brings 4,000 years of New Mexico's ranching and farming history to life. The expansive main building of the museum features over 24,000 square feet for exhibits, as well as a theater, a mercantile, and event space. Learning and fun go together as guests walk among livestock corrals, watch one of many demonstrations, or enjoy a number of beautiful gardens.
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There are many different attractions available for visitors to enjoy at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Musem. Animals such as dairy cattle, beef cattle, donkeys, horses, goats, and sheep can all be seen at the farm. Children can also enjoy a pony ride between 10:30am and noon on Saturdays. Between 10:00am and 3:00pm, visitors can view a milking demonstration and participate in a dairy talk at the Skaggs Dairy Barn. The dairy barn also contains exhibits highlighting the importance of milk, as well as the dairy industry of New Mexico. Guests can also take a trip to the "South 20" area of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Musem campus throughout the day with a cart tour. A docent leads guests on a tour of the corrals of livestock and tells visitors about the cattle raised in the state of New Mexico.
Several gardens and a greenhouse can be explored on the grounds of the Museum as well. There is a Children's Discover Garden, a cactus garden, a pistachio orchard, and the Greenhouse where visitors can buy plants on weekdays. Major events, such as HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market and Cowboy Days, are hosted periodically at the Museum. Guests can view an increasing number of demonstrations, including metalworking at the Blacksmith Shop, quilting, weaving, sewing, and dowsing.
There are several changing and permanent exhibits at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. These exhibits range from fine art to farm implements that help share the story of rural life, ranching, and farming in New Mexico. The Farm Life in New Mexico: Then & Now exhibit in the Main Gallery consists of four different sections: "Going to Town," "Home Sweet Home," "On the Farm," and "Moving Around." Each section gives guests a feeling of stepping back in time.
The Wheels & Gears exhibit showcases a collection of vehicles, buggies, wagons, and farm implements from different time periods in New Mexico. Visitors can get see what a Spanish colonial home from 1815 looked like in the New Mexico Colonial Home-Circa 1815 exhibit. The exhibit features period artifacts based on information from inventories, wills, and excavations from the late 1700's to the 1800's. The Antique Equipment Park displays dozens of various farm implements lined along the pathways through the outdoor exhibit. Found throughout the park are several pieces of tractor-pulled and horse-drawn equipment, planters, cultivators, and threshing machines.
4100 Dripping Springs Road, La Cruces, New Mexico, Phone: 575-522-4100