The Lea County Museum


Important Announcements

“Way Before Daylight, Long After Dark: A New Mexico Rancher’s Story,” is the twelfth published by the LCM in the last nine years, with profits from the book supporting the museum.  The book may be purchased for at the Lea County Museum in person or calling 1-575-396-4805. Book cost $27.50 + 5.00 shipping.                           

         The book contains dozens of images, including family photographs, maps, and drawings by Mike Capron, Joe Hobbs, and one photograph by Gordon Snidow.

         Johnson has been writing the book for several years, and it contains chapters about many of the cowboys and ranchers he has known and with whom he has worked.  In addition, the book briefly chronicles the lives of some of his near and distant relatives on both sides of his family and for several generations.


My War

“My War” is Byers’ first-person account of his treacherous march across France and Germany as a foot soldier near the end of World War II.  Only a handful of his US Army platoon survived. Cost $15.00 + shipping.

​Books may be purchased by visiting the museum at 103 S. Love or calling 1-575-396-4805


Welcome to the Lea County Museum

The county seat of Lea, Lovington became a town in 1908 when settlers from east of the Texas line homesteaded the western edges of the Llano Estacado in New Mexico Territory.

Lea County Museum

New Mexico became a state in 1912. Lea became a county in 1917.

The Lea County Museum was created by the Lovington Women's Club in 1969 when the club purchased the Commercial Hotel, which was about to be razed.

The Lea County Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization operated by a volunteer board of directors.


Albuquerque knife making artist Tom Black will conduct a workshop and exhibit some of his award-winning knives at the Lea County Museum Town Hall in Lovington at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13. The workshop and exhibit are free, and there will be plenty of time to visit with and ask questions of Black. 

The museum will give away three Lea County history books to the individuals who have the oldest, the handsomest, and largest knives brought to the workshop by their owners.

More information at the museum, 575-396-4805.

The Janet Jones art exhibit will on exhibit through September.