Farmington Museum 

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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 www.farmingtongrowersmarket.com.

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.

  

 ​CURRENT EXHIBITS

   
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. 

This exhibition is free to the public with a SUGGESTED DONATION of $3 per person.

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-September 9 
 
April 15-September 9, 2017             8-5pm            Exhibit Dates   
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. Donations are greatly appreciated.  
 
 
 Quilts and the Stories They Tell  

June 23-September 9     Exhibit Dates 

   
Part of American history and culture from the beginning, quilts are much more than bed coverings. Quilts are also family heirlooms and works of art that have stories to tell. some stories are obvious, written on the fabric itself, while others require a closer examination to uncover. Quilts and the Stories They Tell showcases examples made locally alongside quilts brought into the region. The exhibition is FREE to the public. Regular museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 8am-5pm. For more information, please call (505) 599-1174      
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FAMILY PROGRAMS 

   
 

Art's Alive!

   

Wednesdays, June 7-August 9            2:30-4:30 

   
Art's Alive is a drop-in summer arts and crafts program for children 6 years and older. come early and be dressed to make art! Admission is FREE. For more information please call (505)599-1174.

June 28 - Decoupage
July 5 - Tile Mosaics
July 12 - Celtic Paper Knots
July 19 - Framed Sandpaper Art
July 26 - Radial Plate Weaving
August 2 - Origami Boxes
August 9 - Georgia O'Keeffe Poppies 
   
       
 Tunes for Tots        
 Wednesdays, June 7-August 9        10am-11am        
 Tunes for Tots is a weekly public drop-in summer class for children ages 3-5. The class is designed to be casual and relaxed, with a focus on craft-making, story-time, fingerplays, dancing, and singing. All these elements are used to facilitate the physical and cognitive abilities that children are developing in early childhood. Admission is FREE.        
           

 

Outdoor Movies at the Musuem

         
 June 17     9:15 pm      Babe
July 1         9:15 pm     The Goonies
July 15       9:15 pm     The Witches

Join the Farmington Museum on three starry evenings this summer for Outdoor Movies at the Museum! We will be presenting three classic family-friendly movies on a big screen in the Gateway Park amphitheater along the Animas River. The movies will be FREE, but donations are appreciated. Don't forget a chair or blanket, snacks, and bug spray!
         
           
 

​Solar Eclipse 2017 at the Farmington Museum

         
 August 21      10am-12:30pm

On August 21st, a TOTAL solar eclipse will be visible in the U.S.! Even though we are not in the path of totality, we will still have an amazing show: maximum eclipse will happen around 11:41 am with the end around 1:09 pm. Join us on the terrace at the Farmington Museum from 10am-12:30 pm for tons of family-friendly activities leading up to the big show. This is a FREE family event! We will have solar eclipse glasses available for the first 100 kids.
         
           



Historic Downtown Farmington Walking Tours   
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.   
   
ADULTS-ONLY PROGRAMS     
     
Farmington Museum Full Moon Hikes     
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 fmtn.org/museums 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: aboggs@fmtn.org.     
     
 Museum EdVentures - ADULTS ONLY -  
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 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)

 
   

History Hikes - ADULTS ONLY

 
   
July 8                 Engineer Mountain (Durango)                          8am-6pm
August 12          Upper Cascade Falls (Ouray)                            8am-6pm
September 9      Goosenecks State Park (Mexican Hat, UT       8am-6pm
   
History Hikes are back at the Farmington Museum! Join us on the second Saturday of the month, May through September, for a fun and informative hike that explores the cultural and natural history of the Four Corners region. Space is limited and registration is required. This program is for adults 18 years and older. The cost is $15 per person ($12 Farmington Museum Foundation members) and includes transportation and lunch. To register please call (505)599-1400.
  • In June, participants will hike a trail that provides spectacular overlook views of Pueblo Bonito and the other Chacoan buildings, enters Pueblo Alto and New Alto, passes by Chacoan stairs, ramps, and roads, and affords panoramic views of the San Juan Basin.
  • In July, participants will hike the nunatak called Engineer Mountain north of Durango. This hike offers easy access to some of the most breathtaking scenery in America: fields of wildflowers, lush forests, lakes, incredible views and impossibly-clear air.
  • In August, participants will explore the waterfalls and 19th-century mining camps of the Uncompahgre National Forest in the San Juan Mountains.
  • In September, participants will visit one of the most striking examples of an entrenched river meander on the North American continent. The San Juan River twists and turns through the meander, and is the result of 300 million years of geological activity.
   
       
 

CALL FOR ENTRIES 

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 www.callforentry.org. 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 
 

 EVENTS


Annual Summer Terrace Music Series
 
Saturdays      6pm-7:30 pm   Performance
June 3          Willow Blue (Americana)
June 10        Chokecherry Jam (Bluegrass)
June 17        Zia Chicks (Variety)
June 24        Donny Johnson (Country)
July 1           Terry Rickard (Classic Rock/Variety)
July 8           SJC Concert Band (Classical)
July 15         2 for Tea (Pop Hits)
July 22         Company (Pop Hits)
July 29         Grant & Randy (Country)
August 5       And Beyond (Funk/Variety)
August 12     High Desert Fusion (Contemporary Folk)
August 19     Jane Voss & Hoyle Osborne (American Roots)
August 26     Devil's Dram (Celtic)

Join the Farmington Museum on the terrace by the river each Saturday evening during the summer months for some local live entertainment at our FREE 15th Annual Summer Terrace Music Series. Don't forget your folding chair and dancing shoes! Call (505)599-1174 for more information.
 
 

Farmington Museum Totah Festival Navajo Rug Auction

 
 
September 2           1 pm              TBD

The Totah Foundation will host the 29th Annual Totah Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 2 and 3. The Totah Festival is a juried art festival featuring Native American art from across the Southwest. The Festival began in 1988 as a marketplace for Native American artists to share their skills and craftmanship with the community, visitors and each other. Today the Totah Festival features 100 artist booths, a Juried Art Competittion, Constest Pow-Wow and an authentic Navajo Rug Auction. 
   
     

REAL Night at the Museum

 
     
September 30      4pm - 7pm 

The Farmington Museum's annual living history extravaganza, REAL Night at the Museum is back! Join us on Saturday, September 30th from 4pm to 7pm for live music, tractor rides, and traditional favorite hands-on activities and crafts that bring the past alive. Apple pressing, butter churning, candle making, log cabin building, leather stamping, and biscuit making over an open fire will all be a part of this FREE exciting event. 
     
       

Annual Member Appreciation Day: One Great Day of Shopping

 
       
November 4              11am-3pm

The Farmington Museum and the Farmington Museum Foundation will host their annual One Great Day of Shopping event as part of its membership appreciation day at the Farmington Museum. There will be a wide variety of items on sale, entertainment, book-signings, and more. During the event, Farmington Museum Foundation new and renewing 2018 members may enjoy a 30% discount on purchases from the museum gift store, Currents. Present 2017 members may enjoy a 20% discount on purchases from Currents. These discounts are off the regular non-member price and good only for the day. Discounts will not apply to consignment and sale merchandise. For additional information, please call Kandy LeMoine at (505)599-1421 
       
         
PRESENTATIONS

 




Islam in America: A Reading & Discussion Group
 
 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 www.fmtn.org/WebTrac and find the event under "Cultural/Special Events:, or call (505) 599-1400.
 
 

 

 Metamorphosis of a Photographer

   
 June 24     3 pm                Presentation     Held at Farmington Museum    
 Photographer Ken Hoffman, whose exhibition New Mexico: A Meditative State is currently on display, will give a presentation discussing how every artist is influenced by other artists; some of whom lived during an earlier period, while others may have lived concurrently. Hoffman will delve into the photographers that have influenced his work and how his photography continues to evolve over time. He will also discuss his process, which is film based, printed in a traditional darkroom, and selenium toned.     
 Ken Hoffman    
     
 
Curator's Choice Lecture Series: The American West in Fact and Fiction
   
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.
 
 For more information, please call (505) 599-1174. 
 
 
Howard Hughes in Hollywood (August 5) Born in Humble, Texas, his life was anything but. Howard Hughes was an oil man, a movie producer, an aviator, a casino mogul, a playboy, and the richest man in America. But is penchant for secrecy and solitude took on mythic proportions, overshadowing his life and legacy. While many of his contributions have been recognized by historians, his time in Hollywood continues to be overlooked, despite the fact that Hughes was at the forefront of some of the biggest issues facing the industry, including the emergence of the million dollar blockbuster, the rise of sex and violence onscreen, the use of personal scandal to promote projects, and the end of the studio system.

Poster for The Outlaw, 1943. (Courtesy of Heritage Auctions)

Billy the Kid and New Mexico's Lincoln County War (October 7) He lived a short and violent life, but in death, Billy the Kid was transformed from an outlaw into a legend. His story has been told in countless dime novels, movies, television shows, books and magazines. Despite all the attention, the man behind the myth is still hard to ascertain. The one thing we know for sure is that Billy the Kid was at the center of New Mexico's Lincoln County War, a conflict that exposed the political and economic corruption that defined the era. 

The Wild West of Buffalo Bill (December 2) William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody first garnered national attention with his exploits on the American frontier, but he will forever be associated with the Wild West show, an elaborate outdoor spectacle that traveled across the United States and Europe in the decades surrounding the turn of the twentieth century. While the shows were based on actual events, Cody's Wild West presented a highly romanticized version of Western history that continues to influence our understanding of the region to this day. To truly understand the myth, we have to start with the man.
 
 

UPCOMING EXHIBITS 

 

 
 

   
   
     
     
 

Totah Festival Poster Retrospective​

   
 August 1, 2017-October 31, 2017    8am-5pm        Exhibit Dates    
 The Totah Festival is a marketplace where Native American artists share their skills and craftsmanship with the community, visitors, and each other. The festival, held every Labor Day weekend in Farmington, features a fine art show, Pow-Wow, cultural dance expo, and Navajo rug rug auction. In years past, artists were encouraged to submit designs for the annual advertising poster. In conjunction with this year's festival, the Farmington Museum will showcase all of the posters created since 1989. The exhibition is FREE to the public. Regular museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 8am to 5 pm.
   

Gateway to Imagination: A National Juried Art Competition​

 
   
September 25, 2017-December 2, 2017    8am-5pm          Exhibition Dates
September 23, 2017                                    6pm-7pm         Juror Presentation
September 23, 2017                                    7pm-9pm          Public reception 
     
Join the Farmington Museum for our national juried art competition, Gateway to Imagination. This annual show attracts fine artists from across the country and will feature approximately 100 entries, including paintings, watercolors, sculptures, photographs, and mixed media. The exhibition is FREE to the public, and juror Julie Sasse, Chief Curator, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Curator of Latin American Art at the Tucson Museum of Art, will give a FREE presentation prior to the opening reception on September 23. For more information, including how to enter, please visit CallForEntry.org and use the keyword Farmington. Regular museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 8am to 5pm.        



FARMINGTON MUSEUM EXHIBIT TOURS
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.

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