Demonstration and Livestock Programs

Demonstrations allow visitors to witness historical methods or modern techniques of farming, ranching and rural living in New Mexico.


Straight from the farm! See a cow being milked and learn about the importance of dairy products to New Mexico's economy and the health of her citizens. (The milking demonstration is temporarily suspended).

  • (Call ahead for schedule).

Fiber Arts

The production of fabrics and clothing from raw materials has always required skill and patience. Sewing, spinning, weaving and embroidery are among the traditional handcrafts you will see produced at the Museum.

  • Quilting: Thursdays and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Sewing & weaving: Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Wool carding and spinning: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Wool spinning and bobbin lace: Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.


The milking demonstration is temporarily suspended.


Right out of the past, the blacksmith shop is a must-see attraction at the Museum! Here you can watch metal being formed into useful objects--right before your eyes. Learn about the history and importance of the blacksmith in rural communities. Handmade knives and decorative items are available for sale from our blacksmith.

  • Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Parade of Breeds

See all of the extraordinary beef cattle breeds that reside at the Museum--in one spectacular presentation. Learn about their importance to New Mexico agriculture as our livestock staff brings each breed into the Round Pen for visitors to see. You won't want to miss this special presentation.

  • Please call for current schedule. May be available by request for groups of 25 or more.

Coming Soon!

Heritage Cooking

Through a variety of demonstrations, classes, and outreach programs, the Museum highlights the vast array of foods grown locally and how they were prepared and preserved by different cultures throughout New Mexico history.

Traditional Crafts

Woodworking and leatherworking have been passed down through generations of New Mexicans. These artisans work in the Museum and create unique hand crafted items that are sure to impress.

Note: Demonstrations are tentative: Due to various circumstances, the demonstration schedules are always subject to change. Visitors are encouraged to call (575) 522-4100 before their visit to confirm the schedule for that day.

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