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The Foundation for Las Cruces Museums has scheduled the return of its biennial Navajo rug auction fundraiser, to be held at noon on Saturday, November 13, in the Center for Spiritual Living at 575 North Main Street in downtown Las Cruces.

Approximately 250 items will be offered for sale, and a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Foundation to help it support the programs and exhibitions of the four Las Cruces City Museums.

“We are especially looking forward to this year’s fundraising auction,” said Foundation President Randy Fromm. “The Burnham family always brings a wonderful assortment of rugs, jewelry, and other Native American items, so there really is something for everyone.”

 The sale is staffed by Museum Foundation volunteers, and the Foundation receives a percentage of all sales to help it continue to fulfill its mission supporting the programs of the four Las Cruces City Museums. The auction is conducted by R.B. Burnham Company of Sanders, Arizona. The family-run company has been serving the Native people of the southwest for five generations.

As in previous years, there will be a Friday evening session for informal appraisals of Native American items (no paintings or kachinas) for a fee of ten dollars per item. Native-made jewelry will also be available for sale during the session. 

For more information on the auction or to contact the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums, please eMail the Foundation President at

Upcoming Foundation Board Meeting

In the interest of the comfort and safety of all attendees, the upcoming Foundation Board Meeting for October will be held in an online format, using Zoom. If you are a Foundation member and are interested in attending, please eMail the Foundation President ( to receive an invitation and web link.

When visiting our Museums . . .

Per the most recent public health order issued by the State of New Mexico regarding COVID-19, masks are now required for all visitors, including children ages two and up, regardless of vaccination status. The health order is in effect until October 15, 2021.

For more information:…/2021/09/091521-PHO-Masks.pdf…


Next FLCM Board Meeting

Members ONLY Special Event

The City of Las Cruces Museum System, in conjunction with the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums, has arranged a Members ONLY Special Event in thanks for and appreciation of the support provided by Foundation members, to be held Friday evening, January 24th, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Museum of Art. 

Two separate guided tours of the new exhibit Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas, will be provided. The first tour will start at 6:15 PM, the second at 7:15 PM. Both tours will start in the Museum of Art lobby, off of the Courtyard. Refreshments will be provided in the Atrium/Connector between the Museum of Art and the Museum of Nature and Science.

We ask that, if you plan to attend this Members ONLY Special Event, you RSVP to, specifying which tour you will be attending and the number of persons in your party. In order to facilitate your access to the event, please bring your Foundation Membership Card. We will also have a roster at the door, in the event you cannot find your membership card.

Persons who are not currently members, or are past members with lapsed memberships, can start/renew their memberships at the door in order to allow access to this Members ONLY Special Event.

Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; The Field Museum, Chicago; the Houston Museum of Natural Science; and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh.

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints

The last day for “Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil” is Tuesday, January 7th. If you haven’t seen it yet, come by the Branigan Cultural Center and learn about the rich culture and history of Brazil!

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.

Want to Live Longer?

An excellent reason to become a friend and benefactor of the Las Cruces Museums by joining the Foundation: you will extend your life span! Maybe, maybe not, but why not give it a try? Follow the Membership link on our web page, it’s easy to do online. The application can be found here.

Saturday Family Science

Learn about mixtures at this month’s Saturday Family Science at the Museum of Nature & Science, January 4 at 12pm. Make your own natural dye from cochineal bugs and experiment with changing the pH of the mixture to change the color. Then, use chromatography to separate the mixture and create your own chromatography work of art.

The Museum of Nature & Science is located at 411 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.

Studio Art Classes – at the Las Cruces Museum of Art

The Las Cruces Museum of Art is excited to announce that registration is open for Spring 2020 Studio Programs art classes. Classes for Session 1 will be held January 9th – February 15th, classes for Session 2 will be held February 20th – March 28th, and classes for Session 3 will be held April 15th -May 23rd.

The Studio Programs art classes exist to give our community access to creative learning opportunities. Children, teens, and adults can to learn a new skill or enhance existing knowledge while guided by local, experienced, and qualified professional artists.

Come discover your artist within through various class options including oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, drawing, ceramics, bookmaking, printmaking and much more! Spend your Valentine’s day at our painting party on Feb 14th. This year you can sign your kids up for our spring break studio classes. Classes are offered to all levels of artists. Classes fill up fast, so register early!

Registration is located at the Museum of Nature & Science, 411 North Main Street. Students may register between 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Scholarships are available for qualified applicants.


The Museum of Art is located at 491 N. Main Street and open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30 pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. The museum is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 36.

For additional information, visit the website at: or call 575-528-3330.


STEAMpunk – Albert Baez at the Museum of Nature & Science

The Museum of Nature & Science presents “STEAMpunk – Albert Baez,” Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11:30am. The program is free and open to the public.

Albert Baez (1912-2007) was a Mexican American physicist who invented the x-ray reflecting microscope which is used to examine living cells. These microscopes use reflected light instead of refracted light to focus x-rays on an object.

Inspired by his work, participants will use laser pointers, prisms, mirrors, and magnifying lenses to calculate the focal length of light rays and experiment with reflection.

“STEAMpunk” is offered monthly, highlighting the work of an historic scientist through hands on exploration. The content and activities are intended for ages 7-12.

The Museum of Nature & Science is located at 411 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. The museum is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 36.

Albert Baez_PictureFor additional information, visit the website at: or call (575) 522-3120.