Whether it’s learning how to best preserve a family heirloom, identifying an archaeological discovery, or looking to find a special antique to purchase, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s annual Antique Treasures Show is a two-day celebration of all things old, unique, and precious.
The show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 25, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 26. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children 4 to 17. Veterans and active U.S. military members are admitted for $2, and children 3 and under are free. Admission includes all of the regular Museum offerings.
The show is a mix of antique and collectible vendors from throughout the region, along with preservation and identification activities. Some of the vendors may also offer free unofficial, independent appraisals.
Visitors are invited to bring family heirlooms, artifacts, or objects from home to learn more about them and how to preserve them. Visitors can also play “Stump the Curator” by bringing in objects to see if the Museum’s curators – Director Mark Santiago, Chief Curator and Program Manager Lisa Pugh, former Chief Curator Toni Laumbach, or History Curator Leah Tookey – can identify them. Stump the Curator is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. each day.
Mark Santiago will also have an antique gun presentation each day at 1 p.m., and the Museum is planning a book sale.
Representatives from Fort Selden Historic Site, a sister site to the Farm & Ranch Museum, will be at the show with some unusual objects to play “Identify It.”
The show also features demonstrations such as sewing, weaving, embroidery, wool spinning and blacksmithing.