For Teachers

Tours and Classes

Museum tours are a great way to learn about the history of farming, ranching, and rural life in New Mexico. Enhance your visit by experiencing the Museum’s exciting exhibits, live animals, and demonstrations with one of the Museum’s specially-trained docents.

School groups and organizations can request a tour for 10 or more people with two-week advance notice. Guided tours are subject to availability. See below for applicable rates.

To book a tour, contact Education Coordinator LuAnn Kilday at LuAnnR.Kilday@state.nm.us or (575) 522-4100 ext.103.

Tours for School Groups

The world is a classroom! From pre-K to college, tours of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum enhance the learning experience. A visit to the museum extends the resources available in the classroom, complements classroom curriculum, and reinforces important concepts. Tours can help awaken the curiosity of your students and often serve as the beginning of school projects. Tours can also act as the summation of a semester of focused study.

Please request your tour at least two weeks in advance. We recommend that you book spring tours in the fall, as spring is our busiest tour season.

There are two options to choose from:

Guided Tours

Guided tours are offered Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Tours last two hours. Groups are led by trained guides who will introduce students to the museum’s varied exhibitions and livestock. These tours will be focused on the interest of the classes. Demonstrations are included and are different each day of the week. The cost is $3 per student. Teachers also pay $3, and parents accompanying the group pay $4. Groups wishing to eat their bagged lunch at the museum pay an additional $25 charge for use of the picnic area. The museum has a capacity of 120 students per tour time slot. If you would like to bring a grade level that exceeds this capacity, please call about special arrangements.

Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided tours are offered to teachers who want to lead their own classes through the museum. Out of necessity, self-guided tours are offered to groups who are booking with short notice. Self-guided groups may need to make special arrangements to accommodate simultaneous guided tours. The cost is $3 per person. You can preview the museum through the self-guided tour booklet.

Tour Pre-Visits

Museum educators are available to come to your classroom before a scheduled field trip to introduce your students to the museum. These hands-on sessions will help your students learn what to expect and what the museum is all about. Pre-visits are limited to schools in southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. These visits are subject to scheduling availability and must coincide with a confirmed tour booking.

Call LuAnn Kilday at (575) 522-4100 ext. 103 to book a tour and inquire about a pre-visit.

Classroom Outreach Visits

Museum educators also offer curriculum-specific lessons on agriculture and history. These visits are subject to scheduling availability. More details about classroom visits are available here. Call LuAnn Kilday at(575) 522-4100 ext. 103 to inquire about lesson options and availability.

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