Las Cruces Tourist Attractions
Las Cruces is the seat of Dona Ana County, and the second-largest city in New Mexico. The name means "City Of The Crosses". Attractions include the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, over 40 galleries, and Historic Old Mesilla.
The Las Cruces Cultural Complex is made up of three museums: the Branigan Cultural Center, the Museum of Fine Art and Culture, and the Log Cabin Museum.
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: Free admission to all museums.
Facilities: Gift shop
Branigan Cultural Center
The Branigan Cultural Center has exhibits from the early days of Las Cruces, including photographs and antique furniture. The center is housed in the former city library with several small galleries and the larger temporary exhibition gallery.
Log Cabin Museum
The Log Cabin Museum is part of the Las Cruces Cultural Complex. It is an authentic one-room log cabin, brought to its present location from Grafton in 1976. Inside is a display of 19th century furnishings.
Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery
The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, located at the Mesilla Valley Mall in Las Cruces, displays work by local artists. This art cooperative features 30 different artists and is housed in the historic Fountain building. Exhibits feature Southwestern landscapes, architecture, still-life, flora and fauna, photography, figurative painting, and pottery.
Historical Museum of Lawmen
The Historical Museum of Lawmen is located in the Doña Ana County Sheriffs Department in Las Cruces. There are exhibits of law enforcement memorabilia, including guns, badges and photographs.
Las Cruces Museum of Natural History
The Las Cruces Museum of Natural History is dedicated to natural history, science, and the environment of New Mexico. Highlights include animals and plants of the Chihuahuan desert.
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library
The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces has over 200,000 volumes. The Library was designed through an architectural competition in the contemporary Pueblo style. A passive solar design assists with temperature control.
Address: 200 East Picacho Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88001-3499, United States
Opening hours: 8am-9pm; Sun: 1pm-5pm; Fri: 8am-6pm; Sat: 10am-6pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), President's Day - USA (3rd Monday, Feb), Memorial Day - USA (last Monday, May), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Labor Day - USA (1st Monday, Sep), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Veteran's Day - USA (Nov 11), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Big Daddy's Outdoor Marketplace
Big Daddy's Outdoor Marketplace in Las Cruces has over 300 vendors selling crafts, antiques, collectibles, and more.
At Water and Lohman Streets in Las Cruces is El Molino, a grinding wheel from an 1853 flour mill.
Farmers and Crafts Market
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum
New Mexico State University
New Mexico State University in Las Cruces has 15,000 students and a 900-acre campus.
Address: Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003, United States
Corbett Center Art Gallery
The Corbett Center Art Gallery at New Mexico State University has exhibitions of artwork by university students. It is located on the second floor of the student union building.
University Art Gallery
The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University is the largest contemporary art gallery in south central New Mexico.
The New Mexico State University Museum in Las Cruces specializes in sociology and anthropology exhibits, putting emphasis on the state's multicultural heritage.
Our Lady At The Foot Of The Cross Shrine
At Water and Lohman Streets in Las Cruces is the Our Lady at the Foot of the Cross Shrine, with a reproduction of Michaelangelo's Pieta.