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Museums


FT. STANTON MUSEUM & VISITOR’S CENTER
Ft. Stanton, New Mexico
This 150-year-old pre-Civil War fort (1855) was home at one time to Kit Carson, the Buffalo Soldiers, 'Black Jack' Pershing, German prisoners, Geronimo and Billy the Kid. The public is only allowed onto the grounds (the state is using it as a rehab center) one day a year....
CORONA MUSEUM
575-849-3277 Corona, New Mexico
In far north Lincoln County the 10-year old Corona Museum shares space in an old hotel with a new lending library. The museum features heirlooms and antiques from local families dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s (including a moonshine still found on a local ranch)....
The Hubbard Museum of the American West
575-378-4142
26301 Hwy 70 , Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico 88346
A Smithsonian AffiliateThe Hubbard Museum of the American West is one of the most respected museums in the southwest region, and home to an extensive collection of magnificent carriages, wagons, saddles, firearms and Indian artifacts, as well as ever-changing traveling...
WHITE OAKS SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM
575-648-2521 White Oaks, New Mexico
Once the second largest city in the state, White Oaks is just a ghost of what it was before residents tried to charge the railroad for right-of-way (and lost) and the gold mines petered out. One of the surviving gems is the finest example of an eastern-influenced, brick...
SMOKEY BEAR HISTORICAL PARK (MUSEUM)
575-354-2748 Capitan, New Mexico
Everything you ever wanted to know about Lincoln County’s most famous bear. Kids love the place. There’s a full-size talking Smokey and a small theater where a short documentary plays about the bear cub found in a 17,000-acre forest fire in the nearby Capitan Mountains. He’s...
CARRIZOZO HERITAGE MUSEUM
575-648-1105
103 12th St., Carrizozo (intersection U.S. 54 and 380)., New Mexico
The focus of this fledgling museum is the community’s past as a railroad boom-town. One exhibit features a typical one-room school with a window overlooking a since-demolished county seat building. A new model railroad exhibit is a kid-pleaser.  Hours: 10-2 Weds thru...
ANDERSON-FREEMAN MUSEUM
575-653-4025 Lincoln, New Mexico
A division of the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso Downs, the Anderson-Freeman is the best curated of all rural Lincoln County museums. There are extensive exhibits here documenting the Lincoln County War (depicted in the movie 'Young Guns,' among others) and a...
SMOKEY BEAR MEMORABILIA MUSEUM & GIFT SHOP
575-354-2298 Capitan, New Mexico
If you’re looking for a stuffed Smokey, this is the place. In a small one-room log cabin on the other side of the historical park is a collection of (not for sale) items that feature Smokey’s image, as well as shelves full of for-sale items like t-shirts and Smokey Beanie...
MINER’S HOME & TOOLSHED MUSEUM
575-648-2363
A restored 1800s family home from the gold-boom era. Photos, drawings, self-guided tour. The nearby cemetery is the resting spot for the first governor of New Mexico, Susan McSween Barber and deputy J.W. Bell, killed by Billy the Kid when he escaped from the Lincoln County...
LINCOLN STATE MONUMENT: OLD LINCOLN COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Skipworth Dr, Lincoln, New Mexico
All of 'Old Lincoln' is an historic district. In a sense, you’re walking through a museum there. Many of these these are more preserved historical sites than hard-core museums. The Courthouse is one of only six State Monuments in New Mexico. The core of the historical...
Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts
575-336-4800 or 888-818-7872
108 Spencer Road, Alto, New Mexico 88312
A landmark 514-seat world-class theater which, on the average, hosts a major touring Broadway show, dance or musical performance every 11 days year-round during separate summer and winter seasons. Four major Dale Chihuly glass installations. Check the Spencer site for coming...