Museums

Santa Fe has a museum for just about everybody, toddlers and teens included. With more than a dozen state and private museums to choose from, you can experience the rich blend of history, arts and cultural heritages that make our city so distinctly different.

Palace of the Governors

105 West Palace Avenue • 505-476-5100

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Explore New Mexico's compelling history at the Palace of the Governors, the country's oldest continuously occupied building. This 400-year-old structure on the Santa Fe Plaza has played a part in Spanish Colonial, Mexican, Territorial and Statehood eras of New Mexico's history and its collections and exhibitions vividly bring Santa Fe’s past to life. The New Mexico Museum of History-opened in 2009-physically and thematically links to the Palace of the Governors. The museum's new permanent exhibitions and galleries for rotating exhibitions highlight the state's remarkable evolution and provide space to display more of the permanent collections that have gone unseen until now.

Georgia O’keeffe Museum

217 Johnson Street • 505-946-1037

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The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, opened to the public in July 1997, eleven years after the death of the artist from whom it takes its name. Welcoming more than 2,225,000 visitors from all over the world and being the most visited art museum in the state of New Mexico, it is the only museum in the world dedicated to an internationally known American woman artist.


New Mexico History Museum

113 Lincoln Avenue • 505-476-5200

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The New Mexico History Museum began as the development of a storage facility for collections at the Palace of the Governors decades ago and has evolved into a first-class museum project, spurred by the national rethinking of the role history museums play in communities. They are no longer attics or basements full of long-forgotten objects. They are now places that partner in education, civic engagement, and social change.


New Mexico Museum of Art

107 West Palace Avenue • 505-476-5072

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Located just west of the Plaza, the New Mexico Museum of Art (formerly the Museum of Fine Arts) displays an extensive permanent collection of Southwestern artists, including major pieces by Georgia O'Keeffe. New exhibitions are always being mounted that cover the works of contemporary artists of all kinds.


The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

710 Camino Lejo • 505-476-1250

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The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, one of four museums in the Museum of New Mexico system, is a premier repository of Native art and material culture and tells the stories of the people of the Southwest from pre-history through contemporary art. The museum serves a diverse, multicultural audience through changing exhibitions, public lectures, field trips, artist residencies, and other educational programs.


Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

750 Camino Lejo • 505-982-2226

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The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art is the only museum in the country dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting the art of the Spanish colonial period including Hispanic New Mexico. The Museum houses an incredible collection of over 3700 pieces, including historically significant and contemporary works. The building itself was build in 1930 in the Pueblo Revival-style which provides an intimate, homelike setting where visitors from around the world can view the collections and learn the fascinating history of Spanish colonial art worldwide.


The Wheelwright Museum

704 Camino Lejo • 505-982-4636

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The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian offers unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art. We’re famous for our focus on little-known genres, and for solo shows by living Native American artists. We originate every exhibition, bringing you new research, fresh perspectives, and a richness of visual expression you won’t see anywhere else. Our museum shop, the Case Trading Post, features the best in contemporary craft and fine arts by more than 200 Native American artists, as well as a great selection of vintage and antique jewelry, ceramics, and textiles. The Wheelwright is open seven days a week, and admission is free.

SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta • 505-989-1199
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SITE Santa Fe is a dynamic platform for the production and presentation of artistic and curatorial innovation. Through excellence in exhibitions and programs, including SITE's signature international exhibition, we seek to actively engage a diverse audience and serve as a nexus for contemporary art discourse. SITE Santa Fe is a leading international venue for artistic experimentation and curatorial innovation. SITE is relevant and engaging to a diverse local, national, and international audience. SITE is valued by the community as a vital resource and instrumental catalyst for igniting a thriving local contemporary arts scene.

El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
555 Camino de la Familia • 505-992-0591
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A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting the Hispano art, culture and traditions of Northern New Mexico is organized as a
Center of Hispanic Culture and Learning. El Museo's programs emphasize participation and inclusion of the entire community. Exhibitions and performances are accompanied by workshops, lectures, and support presentations, to promote learnng and educational activities. Its programs nurture and support the arts and cultural education, and underscore the value of economic benefits available through the arts.

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (IAIA)
108 Cathedral Place • 505-983-1777
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The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), a center of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of/for contemporary Native art, history and culture through presentation, collection/acquisition, preservation, and interpretation. The MoCNA is recognized as the pre-eminent organizer of exhibitions devoted exclusively to the display of dynamic and diverse arts practices representative of Native North America. The MoCNA encourages creative expression across the fields of arts and culture as an opportunity to engage/establish/foster/cultivate in cross-cultural dialogue with communities at the local, national and global level.

Santa Fe Children’s Museum
1050 Old Pecos Trail • 505-989-8359
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If you're a kid, or a kid-at-heart, make this museum one of your first stops for family fun. With interactive exhibits, diverse programs and an outdoor garden, this is a place where families can learn and play together. The mission of Santa Fe Children’s Museum (SFCM) is to inspire a lifelong passion for learning by creating educational experiences across the arts, sciences, and cultures that encourage children and communities to explore, imagine, play and grow together.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos Road • 505-471-2261
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a living history museum located on 200 acres in a rural farming valley just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The museum, dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of 18th and 19th century New Mexico, opened in 1972. Original colonial buildings on the site date from the early 1700s. In addition, historic buildings from other parts of northern New Mexico have been reconstructed at Las Golondrinas. Villagers clothed in the styles of the times show how life was lived on the frontier in early New Mexico. Special festivals and  weekend events offer visitors an in-depth look into the celebrations, music, dance and many other aspects of life in the Spanish, Mexican and Territorial periods of the Southwest.

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