Museums

SPIRITS1B smVisit the many museums and historic attractions in Ruidoso and surrounding towns of Lincoln, Alto, Ft. Stanton, Carrizozo, Corona and Fort Sumner. Whether it's a museum on Native American history or Billy the Kid, experience times long ago.    

Billy the Kid Museum 

Established in 1952 by Ed and Jewel Sweet and in its 61st year of as a family-owned and operated business. Open daily. Summer Hours May 15th thru October 1st, 8:30 am- 5:00 pm; Winter Hours Oct. 1-May 15, Mon.- Sat., 8:30 am-5:00 pm; Adults-$5; Senior Adults-$4; Children 7-15 yrs-$3; Ages 6 and under FREE.

  • 575-355-2380
  • , Fort Sumner, NM, United States

Bosque Redondo Memorial, NM State Monument 

Walk with us into the Navajo and Mescalero Apache cultures and trace the history of their incarceration at Bosque Redondo known as “The Long Walk.” Open daily Wed.-Mon., 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Admission: $3 (free to Seniors on Wednesdays and to New Mexico residents on Sundays).

  • 575-355-2573
  • , Fort Sumner, NM, United States
  • 575-378-9954
  • 26897 US-70, Ruidoso Downs, NM

Hubbard Museum of the American West

Home to New Mexico’s first Smithsonian Institution Affiliate museum Hubbard Museum of the American West is a monument to times and places that are not quite as far off as you may think. It is a place where visitors can experience the West and three area cultures – Native American, Hispanic and Pioneer. The museum’s 10,000 […]

  • 575-378-4142
  • US Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, NM, United States

Lincoln State Monument

Old Lincoln County Courthouse, Skipworth – Dr. Woods Mansion, Tunstall Store Museum, Torreon & Montano Store, Anderson-Freeman Museum, Lincoln, NM. Lincoln’s idyllic and picturesque setting belies its violent past. The single road through Lincoln was once described by President Hayes as “the most dangerous street in America.” This National Historic Landmark is considered by many historians to […]

  • 575-653-4372
  • Located 12 miles east of Capitan on US 380, (30 miles north of Ruidoso)., NM, United States

Miner’s Home & Toolshed Museum

A restored 1800s family home from the gold-boom era. Self-guided tour. The nearby cemetery is the resting spot for the first governor of New Mexico, Susan McSween Barber and Deputy James Bell (killed by Billy the Kid when he escaped from the Lincoln County Courthouse). Open daily, 9-5; Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission to […]

  • 575-648-2521
  • , White Oaks, NM, United States

Old Dowlin Mill 

Ruidoso’s oldest building, Dowlin Mill, is one of those landmarks that visitors to Ruidoso remember long after leaving. The iconic large-scale water wheel that greets visitors is one of the only remaining operable water wheels in the Southwest. The Old Dowlin Mill still turns the massive stones used to grind wheat to this day. The building itself […]

  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States

Ruidoso River Museum

The Ruidoso River Museum features displays dedicated to Pat Garrett and participants of the Lincoln County War, including the infamous Billy the Kid. On display are photographs, biographies, and artifacts, including Garrett’s badge and gun, which were presented to him after he killed Billy the Kid. Also housed here are Marie Antoinette’s crown, a death […]

  • 575-257-0296
  • 101 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Smokey Bear Historical Park and Museum

Everything you ever wanted to know about Lincoln County’s most famous bear. Kids love the full-size talking bear. You can view a short documentary in the small theater. It details the rescue of the bear cub found in a 17,000-acre forest fire in the Capitan Mountains. Smokey the Bear is buried in the park next […]

  • 575-354-2748
  • 118 Smokey Bear Blvd., Capitan, NM, United States

Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts

The seven-story landmark architecture of Antoine Predock is worth the photo alone, but inside there are four major installations by Seattle glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. In addition, the Spencer Theater also has a live touring performance approximately every 11 days year-round. Open Tuesday and Thursday (except show dates) for guided tours. Admission is free, but […]

  • 888-818-7872
  • NM 220, 48 miles (northeast of Ruidoso), Alto, NM, United States

White Oaks Schoolhouse Museum

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 ran out. One of the surviving gems is the finest example of an eastern-influenced, brick, four-room schoolhouse left in New Mexico today. […]

  • 575-648-2521
  • , White Oaks, NM, United States