Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center
By order of the Mayor, the Museum will be closed to the public until further notice. This notice will be removed once the closure and restrictions are lifted.
To view the 2020 Art Center special exhibits online, please click the "Outlaws of Las Vegas Virtual Exhibit" and "Think Art: Life's Impressions Virtual Exhibit" links on the left. Be sure to click the "View Full Size" link on each image.
The Museum will not be able to accept artifact donations for the permanent collection during the closure.
The Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center is located in the unique Moore-Ward cobblestone house. Exhibits in the main house focus on local and area history, featuring photographs, Native American artifacts, farm and ranch displays, and a hands-on children's room with hats and clothes to try on. The Art Annex gallery next door features rotating exhibits such as local art shows, traveling exhibits and temporary in-house displays. The museum offers special programs by arrangement and extensive outreach services as well. Mission Statement: To collect, preserve, and display objects and information relating to local and area history, and to make this history as accessible as possible to the visiting public.
The Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center first opened its doors in 1970, thanks to the generosity of the S.S. Ward estate in providing the quarters and the City of Artesia in providing financial support. Today, the museum's excellent and varied collections attest to the community's generosity and commitment to preserving our heritage. The museum's growth and expansion has continued with the supportive backing of the City of Artesia.
By 1982, a need for greater financial flexibility had arisen, and the Museum's Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization so that those who wish to make a financial gift directly to the museum can do so with the knowledge that the gift will be administered by a permanent foundation. Gifts to the foundation are used to sponsor many of the museum's events such as the annual Living Treasures Awards Ceremony, the Russell Floore Memorial Art Show, traveling exhibits, preservation projects such as our 1905 wooden Eclipse windmill and a 1951 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, and other projects for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire community.
If you are interested in making a contribution towards preserving our community's heritage, please consider making a gift to the Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center Foundation.