During this partial reopening, the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s temporary days and hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Museum is closed on Sunday and Monday during this period of phased reopening. The 25-percent occupancy is 200 people and masks are required for everyone 2 and older, indoors and outdoors.
“Home on the Range: From Ranches to Rockets” is the current featured exhibit at Farm & Ranch. It stretches through two galleries and tells the story of the dramatic transformation of the Tularosa Basin during World War II and beyond. A new feature at Farm & Ranch is the display of the historic horse-drawn hearse that likely was used for the Western lawman, Pat Garrett.
Other featured exhibits include “Agricultural Beginnings,” the “New Mexico Colonial Home,” “Wheels & Gears,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Grist for the Mill,” and “The Cowboy Way: Western Drawings by Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt. A new art exhibit, “Monumental Territory by Kayla Blundell” will open soon.
Visitors to Farm & Ranch may also take a walk to see the livestock, including seven different breeds of beef cattle, horses, sheep, and a donkey. The Heart of the Desert Gift Shop & Snack Bar will be open during Museum hours and Friends of the Museum membership passes and Culture Passes will be honored.
Some of the usual offerings will be closed at Farm & Ranch during this period of partial reopening. These include the indoor and outdoor play areas, the barns, cart tours, the greenhouse, pony rides, classrooms, the theater, and demonstrations.
Animals: We have beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, sheep, goats and donkeys. We offer pony rides for children every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for $5 per ride.
Dairy Barn:The barn includes exhibits showing the importance of milk and New Mexico’s dairy industry. The milking demonstration is temporarily suspended.
Livestock Tours: Cart tours to the “South 20” portion of the Museum campus are available throughout most of the day, usually until 3 p.m. A docent takes visitors on a tour of the livestock corrals, where they will learn more about the cattle raised in New Mexico. For large groups that make reservations, trolley rides to the corrals are available upon request.
Greenhouse & Gardens: The Museum has its Greenhouse, which plants for sale on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a pistachio orchard, as well as a cactus garden, and the Children’s Discovery Garden.
Events: The Museum’s major events include Cowboy Days in March and HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market in November. Other popular events include Antique Treasures Day in January, Ice Cream Sunday in July and the Blessing of the Fields in May. For more information about this year’s events, see our Calendar of Events.
Demonstrations: Periodic demonstrations include blacksmithing, wool spinning, sewing, weaving, chair caning, and quilting. For more information about the demonstrations, see our demonstrations page.
Exhibits: The Museum has permanent and changing exhibits. From temporary fine art exhibits in the corridors of the Bruce King Building to the rows of farm implements at the Antique Equipment Park, visitors will enjoy a variety of exhibitions that help tell the unique story of farming, ranching, and rural life in New Mexico. For a closer look at the exhibits, visit the What’s Happening section of our site.
Demonstrations are tentative: Due to various circumstances, the demonstration and tour schedules are always subject to change. Visitors are encouraged to call before their visit to confirm the schedule for that day. (575) 522-4100.