White Sands Missile Range Museum is 19 mi. n.e. of Las Cruces on US 70/80, then 4 mi. s. to just inside the main gate. The history of the Frontier Army in southern New Mexico, as well as nation's missile program and the Atomic Age, is chronicled via artifacts, displays and photographs depicting early rocket launches and the first atomic bomb test at Trinity Site.
An outdoor park displays some 60 rockets and missiles, including a restored German V-2 rocket exhibited horizontally to reveal its interior. There also are exhibits about Paleo-Indian culture as well as 19th-century mining and ranching.