New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum

The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is situated on the outskirts of Las Cruces, NM on 47 acres of land and is designed to showcase how agriculture has been done in the area for the last 4,000 years. They also showcase local artists and artwork.

We started off in the main museum, looking at the artwork that was on display for the Art of the Plains competition.

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Multiple medias were represented in the gallery, giving a visual catalog of the Plains for both past and present.

Next, we moved into the gallery showing the history of New Mexico.

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Within this gallery was an offshoot showing the artwork of Robert ‘Shoofly’ Shufelt.

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Another portion of the gallery showcased the different modes of transportation used to settle the Plains.

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Outside the main museum, there are pathways that lead to other demonstrations, including the dairy barn, blacksmith and saddle making.

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Definitely something to see if you’re in the Las Cruces area.  The museum is full of interesting, changing exhibits and the surrounding land showcases the beauty of this area and the ways humans have adapted it to their needs.  The admission is only $5 for adults 18 to 59, $4 for seniors 60+, $3 for anyone 4 to 17, $2 for active military members and free for 3 and under.

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