The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum was ranked among the Top 30 Historical Preservation Societies in the nation by the website Recollections.Biz this week.

The Museum, which is part of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, was in the category of “open-air museums.”

“The preservation and appreciation of history is one of our main missions of Recollections,” according to the website’s blog, “So, we set out to honor the different historical sites you can visit around the United States that give a truly accurate representation of the past.”

The Museum opened in 1998 and captures the history of farming, ranching and rural living on 47 acres. New Mexico’s agriculture story reaches back 4,000 years and the Museum brings this to life through demonstrations, indoor and outdoor exhibits, livestock, special programs and activities.

Some of the other open-air museums and colonial villages that made the list include Colonial Williamsburg, Lincoln Log Cabin Historical Site, and Greenfield Village.

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum welcomed visitors from 46 states and 11 foreign countries during a six-month period last year, according to a sampling from the lobby’s registry. The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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