Museum Attractions

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 Skaggs Dairy Barn is the place to be at 10 a.m. when the dairy talk takes place. The barn also includes exhibits showing the importance of milk and New Mexico's dairy industry.

Livestock Tours: Cart tours to the "South 20" portion of the Museum campus are available throughout most of the day. 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: Visitors can stop by the Blacksmith Shop (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only, until about 3) and see how metal is forged into tools and decorative items. Other demonstrations include dowsing, sewing, weaving and quilting in the Bruce King Building periodically. 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 circumcstances, 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.

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