Planning Your Visit

Family in exhibit interacting with a museum display.

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A visit to the Museum provides several hours of fun combined with learning. With many exhibits and demonstrations -- indoors and outside -- there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy the demonstrations, as well as our livestock tours. The demonstration schedule is subject to change, so please call ahead or check with the front desk to learn about that day’s schedule.

Many of the museum’s attractions are outdoors, so visitors are encouraged to take precautions against the sun, especially during the summer months, and dress warmly in the winter. Photography is encouraged at the Museum and feel free to use the hashtag #nmfarmandranch if posting on social media. In any areas or exhibits where photography is not allowed, there will be a sign saying so. Anyone wishing to have pictures taken for graduation, weddings, or other events, much do so during regular business hours, must stop in the lobby to pay regular admission and not take the photos south of the bridge (on the bridge is ok).

The barns on the “South 20” portion of the campus close at 4 p.m. each day. Visitors may still walk to see the livestock until 5 p.m.

Heart of the Desert Gift Shop has a variety of souvenir and gift ideas, as well as beverages and snacks. We have spacious parking lot that is ideal for motorcoaches, RVs, and trailers; however, there is no overnight parking or camping allowed.

Pets are not allowed in the Museum’s buildings, Heritage Garden, Children’s Discovery Garden, Courtyard or across the bridge where the Museum’s livestock are located. Pets are allowed in the parking lot and visitors are asked to keep them on a leash. There is some shade in the parking lot, and a grassy area on the northwest part of the lot for visitors to walk their pets.

There are several fine hotels within 5 miles of the Museum and visitors are encouraged to also visit historic Old Mesilla, the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument, and Fort Selden Historic Site while in the Las Cruces area. For more information on local attractions, visit

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

Share on Social Media

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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