Farmington Museum 


Farmington Museum & Visitors Center 

Experience a wide variety of exhibits relating to the diverse history of the area’s cultures, traveling exhibits, and art shows. Lecture series, performances, workshops, and special demonstrations are offered year-round. The Museum store, “Currents,” features exhibit-related merchandise, books on local and regional interests, toys, and educational materials. 

The Growers’ Market is held in the Museum parking lot, June - October, dependent on the growing season, Tuesdays from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. - Noon.  Find out more at

The Farmington Museum, 3041 E. Main St.,  is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is by suggested donation of $3 adult, $2 child. Call 505-599-1174.



Redress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd

November 19,2016-May 6, 2017

 Recycling-Fiesta-sm      Redress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd
November 19- May 6, 2017 Exhibition Dates
November 18 Member's Only Reception

Can a beautifully made garment also carry an environmental message? Artist Nancy Judd thinks so! At first glance, Judd's creations are stunning and dramatic, appearing as fine couture and refined garments, but a closer look at her recycled fashion takes us deeper into her message. Judd has been commissioned by major corporations such as Target and Delta Airlines to create not only magnificent works of art but also to convey the value of consumer consciousness and the future of our planet. Her creations have been exhibited worldwide, have been accepted into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution, and have caught the attention of major media outlets including USA Today and CNN.

The exhibition is free to the public with a SUGGESTED DONATION of $3 per person.
Technicolor Dreaming: Psychedelic Posters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  
Jimi Hendrix Experience [main image]  
Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1968. Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Dec 17-March 25, 2017      8 am-5 pm       Exhibition Dates

December 16, 2016            6 pm-8 pm       Public Reception & Costume Contest
The pop art and the counterculture movements of the mid-1960's led to the rise of a new visual style, the psychedelic poster. Over thirty such posters, influenced by a combination of rock music and hallucinogenic drugs, are featured in the exhibition Technicolor Dreaming: Psychedelic Posters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The collection includes examples from the two main series of San Francisco psychedelic concert posters and features leading American and British rock artists of the era, such as Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, and Pink Floyd. The museum will be hosting a FREE reception for the public on December 16 and everyone is invited to come in their best 1960s/70s rock and roll costumes for a chance to win fun prizes! Admission to the exhibition is FREE to the public. Regular museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 8am-5pm. Donations are always appreciated and help us to continue providing interesting and educational exhibits. For more information call 505-599-1174. 

Focus on Farmington
January 14-March 25, 2017

January 14-March 25, 2017     8am-5pm      Exhibit Dates
The Farmington Museum has a large collection of photographs that document the history of the city and the surrounding areas. The images highlight the diversity of the region, from the people who call it home to the industries that drive the economy to the natural environment we all share. A few examples from the collection are featured in our latest historical photography exhibition.
Image caption: Hyde Exploring Co. fruit pickers, circa 1910. (Reproduced from the collection of Wayne Walling; Farmington Museum Foundation Purchase) 


Historic Downtown Farmington Walking Tours   
April 20                       5:30-7pm
June 15                       5:30-7pm
September 14            5:30-7pm 
Join the Farmington Museum for a FREE walking tour of downtown Farmington's fascinating early history. Learn a little about the devastating Main St. fires, early architecture, pioneer community builders, and more!The tour begins at the Palmer House, 210 N Allen Ave. The tour may be cancelled due to weather conditions. For more information, call (505)599-1174.   
Kids Go Green! at the Farmington Museum   
 Saturdays in April     8am-4pm  
 Drop in to the Farmington Museum every Saturday between 8am and 4pm in April to learn new fun arts and crafts projects. In honor of the museum's ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd and Green Revolution exhibits, we will be focusing on environmentally-friendly projects that utilize the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! A new project will be featured each Saturday and will be appropriate for all school-aged children and their families. This program is FREE to the public. Please call (505) 599-1174 for more information.    
Farmington Museum Full Moon Hikes     
 April 11              5:15-9:45           Bisti Badlands
August 7            6:30-11pm          Bisti Badlands
September 6     6pm-10:30pm     Bisti Badlands
November 4      5pm-9:30pm       Bisti Badlands
Ever wondered what hoodoos looked like in the moonlight? Join the Farmington Museum for a hike in the Bisti Badlands during the full moon and find out! Space is limited. Registration is required and can be completed by registering online at under the quick links tab on the right, or by coming into the museum. The cost is $5 per person and includes transportation. This is an adults-only program. Please dress warmly and bring a flashlight if you have one. To register, please call (505) 599-1400 or email:     
 Museum EdVentures - ADULTS ONLY -  
 March 18  8am-6pm Petrified Forest National Park    FULL-NO NEW APPLICANTS
June 24             8am-6pm  Bachelor-Syracuse Mine Tour (Ouray)
September 16  8am-6pm   Acoma Sky City Tour
November 11   8am-6pm   Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
ADULTS ONLY - Join the Farmington Museum for a Museum EdVenture! On Saturdays throughout the year, participants will have the opportunity to explore the cultural heritage of the Four Corners on an all-day field trip. This is an adults-only program and registration is required. Transportation will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch.
  • On March 18, participants will have the oppotunity to explore the Late Triassic paleo-ecosystem and significan human history of the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. The fee will be $12 ($7 FMF & FNC Members). 
  • On June 24, participants will have the opportunity to explore the rich history of Colorado's mining heritage while touring deep into Gold Hill. Fee: $25 ($20 FMF & FNC Members)
  • On September 16, participants will have the opportunity to visit the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America and the 28th Historic Site designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The fee includes a guided tour and photograph permit. Fee: $33 ($28 FMF & FNC Members)
  • On November 11, participants will have the opportunity to explore some of the thousands of ancient Ancestral Puebloan sites of southwestern Colorado. Fee: $13 ($8 FMF & FNC Members)


Gateway to Imagination: A National Juried Art Competition 

August 4                   Deadline for completed application and entry fee.
August 22                  Museum will send notification email, noting whether or not the art has been                                              accepted, and additional shipping/presentation instructions.
August 28                  Artist must confirm participation in show via email.
September 3-15          Receive shipped artwork.
September 10-15         Receive hand-delivered artwork.
September 23             Exhibition opens.
                                      6 pm-7 pm, Juror Lecture
                                      7 pm-9 pm, Exhibition Reception
December 2               Show closes.
December 6-8            Artists must pick up hand-delivered artwork.
December 16             Deadline for museum to ship artwork back.

To apply, visit Call for Entry at Click on the “View All Calls” tab and use the keyword Farmington to bring up the exhibition information. Click on the “VIEW MORE INFO” link for information on the exhibition, and click on the “APPLY TO THIS CALL” link to submit your application. (If you are new to Call for Entry, you will need to set up a free account by clicking on the “Register Here” link.) For more information, call (505) 599-1174 


Farmington Museum Foundation Benefit Navajo Rug Auction   
 April 7     12pm-4pm     Rug Viewing
April 8      12pm-4pm     Rug Viewing
April 8      4pm-6pm       Rug Auction
The Farmington Museum Foundation and the Farmington Museum are pleased to announce the Benefit Navajo Rug Auction to take place at the Farmington Museum on Saturday, April 8 from 4pm to 6pm. The proceeds raised by this benefit auction help support the programs, exhibits, and collections for the museum. The public can preview nearly 200 rugs of all sizeds, styles, and price ranges on Friday, April 7, 12pm to 4pm and Saturday, April 8, 12pm to 4pm. For more information, call (505) 599-1173  


Farmington Museum Chautauqua Presentation Series   
March 25    3pm-5pm     The Politics of Rebellion
May 6 - Yogis, Sikhs, and Zen Masters Along the Rio Grande by Dr. Ned O'Malia
​The Farmington Museum is bringing history to life! On select Saturdays throughout the year from 3pm to 5pm, the museum will be offering FREE lively and informative performances or presentations by Chautauqua speakers. This series will cover a variety of specifically New Mexican topics, from art and culture to ecology and politics. Drop by for some enlightenment and stay for spirited conversation!

On March 25, Dr. Stevanie Beninato will give a presentation exploring the history of the Free Speech Movement and some of the long-lasting contributions of the counter-culture: recycling, sustainability, organic farming, alternative entergy sources, and an acceptance of alternative life-styles. This topic is relevant both historically and currently to New Mexico, the site of numerous communes in the 1960s. 

Chautauqua is sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council. For more information, please call (505) 599-1174
 Islam in America: A Reading & Discussion Group  
 March 4         3pm-5pm        Islam Presentation         Held at Farmington Museum
April 8            3pm-5pm        Reading & Discussion    Held at San Juan College
April 22          3pm-5pm        Reading & Discussion    Held at Farmington Museum 
June 3            3pm-5pm        Reading & Discussion    Held at San Juan College
June 17         3pm-5pm         Reading & Discussion    Held at Farmington Museum
 The Farmington Museum and San Juan College have partnered to present a special 5-part reading and discussion group about Islam in America. This program is funded by the New Mexico Humanities Council and led by Dr. Ned O'Malia, a UNM professor of Asian Religions in the University Honors Program. This program is FREE to the public. The March 4 presentation is open to everyone, however, the remaining four discussion dates are only open to the first 15 registrants and the reading materials will be provided free of charge. To register or for more information, please visit and find the event under "Cultural/Special Events:, or call (505) 599-1400.  
Curator's Choice Lecture Series: The American West in Fact and Fiction
April 1              3pm-4:30pm     Cowboys and Robots: The Birth of the Science                                                             Fiction Western
June 3             3pm-4:30pm     Stetson: Manufacturing an American Icon
August 5         3pm-4:30pm     Howard Hughes in Hollywood
October 7       3pm-4:30pm     Billy the Kid and New Mexico's Lincoln County War
December 2   3pm-4:30pm     The Wild West of Buffalo Bill 
The West is a physical region whose landscape is as diverse as its people, but it is also a romanticized notion that has come to symbolize the American experience around the world. The Farmington Museum's Curator's Choice Lecture Series: The American West in Fact and Fiction, explores the region, from the frontier to the future, to show why the West has played such a pivotal role in world history and how it continues to permeate all aspects of American life, at home and abroad. Each lecture is FREE to the public.
Cowboys and Robots: The Birth of the Science Fiction Western. As soon as the effects of the gas had worn off, Wallace MacDonald knew he had the perfect story idea. MacDonald, a writer for Mascot Pictures, was reading about the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico when his dentist turned on anesthetic gas to begin extracting a tooth. Under the effects of the drug, MacDonald dreamed up an amazing story of a cowboy who stumbles upon an advanced race of humans dwelling in the huge underground caverns of a lost empire. From this surreal beginning, the Science Fiction western was born. More accurately, the Science Fiction Singing Cowboy Western was born. For more information, please call (505) 599-1174. 
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  Press kit, 1935. Courtesy of Gene Autry Entertainment.  



New Mexico: A Meditative State

April 1-July 22, 2017       8am-5pm     Exhibit Dates
Quiet and still, New Mexico's desert and mountains evoke a meditative state. Not surprisingly, documenting the state's landscape is a spiritual experience for photographer Ken Hoffman. He loves the desert and has come to appreciate its many variations of terrain, flora, and fauna. In photographing the region, Hoffman hopes to capture not only the physical beauty of the land forms but its spiritual essence as well. New Mexico: A Meditative State features 25 photographs Hoffman has taken throughout the state. All of his photography is film based utilizing a Chamonix large format camera. Working exclusively in black and white, he develops and prints in his own darkroom. Nothing is manipulated digitally. 
Shiprock and Lava Dyke
Shiprock and Lava Dyke by Ken Hoffman, 2016
Bisti Badlands - Stone Wings 6
 Bisti Badlands - Stone Wings 6 by Ken Hoffman, 2016

Ah Shi Sle Pa 3
Ah Shi Sle Pa 3 by Ken Hoffman, 2016 

 Green Revolution
April 15-August 26

The Green Revolution is a revolutionary exhibition with a minimal carbon footprint that allows host institutions and communities to be part of the green solution. Made available by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service based on an exhibition originally created by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and its Black Creativity Council, the exhibition uses recycled and repurposed materials to teach creative ways to reduce waste and conserve energy. Multiple hands-on learning stations give this exhibition a green light for families and school groups. Aiming to raise awareness of how small daily changes can impact our environment, it has something for everyone - as compelling for kids who are just learning about the subject to adults who have a more earnest environmental message to convey. The exhibition is FREE to the public. Regular museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 8am to 5pm.   

By appointment
Let an experienced docent at the Farmington Museum be your host for guided tours of the permanent and visiting exhibits. Tours are FREE and available to the public by appointment. Any size group is welcome!  Call (505) 599-1169 for more information about the museum’s current exhibits or to schedule a guided tour.