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.
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.  


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 -  
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

May 13               Cabezon Peak (Mesa Prieta, NM)                      8am-6pm
June 10              Chaco Canyon Pueblo Alto                               8am-6pm  
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 May, participants will have the opportunity to explore the dramatic volcanic formation of Cabezon Peak, part of the Mount Taylor volcanic field and the largest of 50 volcanic necks rising from the Rio Puerco Valley.
  • 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.

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   
May 6 - Yogis, Sikhs, and Zen Masters Along the Rio Grande by Dr. Ned O'Malia - 3pm-5pm
​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!

May 6 -3pm-5pm Yogis, Sikhs, and Zen Masters Along the Rio Grande by Dr. Ned O'Malia - In the late 1960s, new and non-traditional religious groups followed an influx of Flower Children, Hippies, and spiritual commune builders to northern New Mexico. The Lama Foundation, Sikh Dharma in Espanola, Tibetan Stupas along the Rio grande and other sites remain. This illustrated lecture examines these late arriving Eastern religions in New Mexico: their introduction, evolution and present status and the unusual tales of how they chose northern New Mexico. 

Chautauqua is sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council. For more information, please call (505) 599-1174
 Islam in America: A Reading & Discussion Group  
 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
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.
 For more information, please call (505) 599-1174. 
Stetson: Manufacturing an American Icon (June 3) John B. Stetson is commonly credited with inventing the cowboy hat and revolutionizing the hatting industry. Stetson's hat remains an American icon know and respected around the wold, but the company that bears his name has gone through significant changes since its birth on the American frontier in the 1860's. A tale filled with monumental achievements and epic failures, the history of Stetson is a microcosm of American manufacturing in the twentieth century. Featuring a cast of actors, politicians, working cowboys, and city slickers who just want to look good, it is a story more compelling than anything found on the big screen.

Stetsons 1878 catalogCourtesy of the John B. Stetson Company
Stetson's 1878 Catalog. (Courtesy of the John B. Stetson Company)

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)






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.