The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame

The home of "Hobbspitality," located on the Campus of New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, NM, the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame strives to be the regional leader in the preservation and exhibition of artifacts and materials documenting the Cowboy and Ranching Heritage of Southeast New Mexico and West Texas.

"Where oil, water and cowboys DO mix!"


Spring Break Hours:
Saturday, March 28: 10am-5pm
Sunday, March 29: 1-5pm
Tuesday, March 31-Saturday, April 4: 1-5pm


Bugs Outside the Box


January 22-May 10, 2015

The world of insects is all around us. Cleverly camouflaged or flamboyant
in their displays, their diminutive size frequently keeps them from
attracting our attention. Important to science and necessary in the natural
world, the unexpected artistry and beauty of insects can usually only be
fully appreciated under a magnifying glass. Until now.

Bugs: Outside the Box presents a selection of greatly enlarged insect
sculptures, each showcasing the beauty hidden within the (mini) beasts of
the natural world.

Butterflies with five foot wingspans and beetles, four feet long, that can
stare you square in the eye are only two examples of the unique sculptures
on display in this amazing exhibition.

Intricate details not visible to the naked eye are showcased alongside
educational topics, including an exciting look at museum collections and
taxonomy, and an exploration of the power of magnification.

Wicked Bugs


January 22-May 10, 2015

As a compliment to Bugs Outside the Box, we will be presenting Wicked Bugs. Bugs that invade, infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human civilization are the focus of this exciting new exhibit series, a companion to bestselling author Amy Stewart's New York Times bestseller Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects (Algonquin Books, May 2011).

The etchings that illustrate Wicked Bugs were created by Briony Morrow-Cribbs.

A selection of these prints are the focus of an elegant, framed art installation. More than simple prints on a wall, the limited edition, hand-tinted prints are presented within sophisticated shadow box displays that also contain factual information and 3-D objects and specimens.


Light in the Desert: Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert by Tony O'Brien

February 6-April 19, 2015


This exhibit features 20 photographs that capture the essence and experience of photojournalist Tony O’Brien’s year-long residency at Christ in the Desert Monastery.  While on assignment in Afghanistan for Life magazine in 1989, O’Brien was captured and imprisoned by the Afghan government.  After his release, O’Brien sought solace and perspective at the monastery, a small Benedictine community founded in 1964 and set in the Chama River Canyon Wilderness, about 75 miles north of Santa Fe.  He returned again in 1994 to do a story and, in the process, became a practicing member of the community. During his stay, O’Brien was granted rare access to photograph the monastery and the daily activities and rituals that have been kept in a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages.