Museum Attractions

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The Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Museum is closed on Sunday.

“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,” “Riding Herd with Billy the Kid,” and “The Dairy Spot.” Visit the exhibit page for more info. 

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.

 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.

Prepare for Your Visit

Whether it’s the sunny summer or cosy winter, our outdoor activities are ready for those dressed appropriately for the season! Family, friends, and even neighbors can join the fun. Read more

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Snap pictures and share your engaging, one-of-a-kind experiences on social media! Use the hashtag #nmfarmandranch on Instagram. Remember that the livestock barns close at 4 p.m., so get your cattle pictures early!

Navigating the Museum

NM Farm & Ranch is proudly accessible to all visitors requiring mobility assistance via our handicap parking, visitor drop off with automatic doors (west side/front entrance), accessible restrooms, available wheelchairs and ramps — all on one floor. Read more

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