...New Mexico is famous for its museums. Enjoy the art and history of our multi-cultural heritage preserved in state and private museums. Our diverse community includes Spanish Colonial, Native American, World Folk Art, and Western.
Open advance ticket required. See Hours: The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is home to many O'Keeffe works from their permanent collection, as well as many compelling rotating exhibitions. Come and enjoy the wonder of the largest and foremost collection of O’Keeffe’s art in any museum.
OPEN see "Hours": Celebrating 100 years! On the Historic Plaza in Santa Fe, visit the state’s newest museum—and its oldest. Learn about New Mexico’s pivotal role in the shaping of the American West through long-term and visiting exhibits such as, Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time: The archaeological and historic roots of America’s oldest capital city.
April 14th - Oct 11th - 10 a.m Monday thru Saturday: Join a museum-trained guide for Historical Downtown Walking Tours.
Open see "Hours": Located at the northwest corner of the Plaza. From the Museum’s founding in 1917, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico have held a special pull for artists. Originally, the building was to become the art gallery of the Museum of New Mexico. The influences of Native American, Hispanic, and European-based cultures created a unique body of work that is the basis of the New Mexico Museum of Art.
OPEN see "hours". Since opening in September 1953, the Museum of International Folk Art has gained national and international recognition as an accredited Museum that is home to the world’s largest collections and exhibits of folk art. Four wings are filled with fascinating exhibits. Its home, Museum Hill, is where the world's largest International Folk Art Market is held every July (see our Annual Events category for more on the Market).
Open as of May 16, 2021. One of four museums in the Museum of New Mexico system, the MIAC 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. More than 65,000 visitors come to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture each year. Come visit out our exciting current exhibits.
OPEN. See "Hours". Two mysteries surround the spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel: the identity of its builder and the physics of its construction.
OPEN: Check out our new space and BIGGER collection, located at Santa Fe Place Mall just 6 miles south of the plaza. (Use the exterior entrance across from Applebees). Featuring Oliver Greer's amazing Crawlywood Collection of more than 5000 mounted insects from around the world, including gigantic specimens and extremely rare creatures you will see nowhere else! Plus, more than 100 LIVE animals including giant tarantulas as big as a dinner plate, scorpions that glow under ultraviolet light, lizards that will remind you of dinosaurs and many more!
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Open with timed ticket purchase required online or in store See hours. Located in the heart of historic Santa Fe, directly accros from the St. Francis Cathedral, MoCNA is the country's only museum for exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the most progressive work of contemporary Native artists. The regularly rotating exhibits feature both well-established and up and coming artists from Native America. It stewards the National Collection of Contemporary Native Art, 7,500 artworks in all media created starting in 1962.
Located on historic Canyon Road, El Zaguán is a must-stop for visitors in search of the authentic Santa Fe. In 1854, James L. Johnson bucked the standard practice among his fellow merchants of living near to the plaza and purchased a parcel of land along Canyon Road. The building, known as El Zaguán, lives on and carries a fascinating history. Visitors are welcome to relax in its beautiful gardens, view art exhibits, hold private events, attend guest lectures, and learn about the cast of characters that has contributed to the unique culture and history of Santa Fe.
OPEN: Check website for EVENTS: Usually Open JUNE - OCT. The “Ranch of the Swallows” Living History Museum was founded 300 years ago as a paraje – stopping place – on El Camino Real, the Royal Road to Mexico City. Today, it is a one-of-a-kind destination where the past comes to life, and exciting weekend programs are fun for the whole family!
TOUR times by appointment. See hours. Dating back to the late 1500s, early 1600s, and built upon land that was used as a sacred site dating back to the 1300s, San Miguel Chapel is the oldest recorded sanctified church in the United States. It is the only church in New Mexico that still holds a Latin Mass and Mass in English, and offers popular annual events. This amazing chapel is one of the least known, yet most significant historic treasures in the U.S.
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CURRENTLY OPEN TO PUBLIC see "hours": Free Parking with validation. SITE Santa Fe creates significant experiences for visitors by presenting the most innovative visual art of our time in new and engaging ways. SITE Santa Fe marks 23 years as one of the most unique and influential contemporary art spaces in the United States, we welcome you to our expanded building designed by SHoP Architects.
CLOSED as of October 23, 2020 pending COVID: Only a forty five minute scenic drive to Los Alamos, New Mexico - Home of the Manhattan Project. Visit the Los Alamos History Museum and discover 1.4 million years of history, from the explosion of the Valles Caldera to the detonation of the world's first atomic bombs.
Open See Hours. Covid protocols in place. Located an easy 55 minutes' drive from Santa Fe, and fun for the whole family. The Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum showcases a vast collection of balloons, art work, aerial artifacts, and more.
Our exhibits show the history of ballooning and highlight the science that has thrilled human imagination for more than a century. Take a trip and discover Albuquerque's renowned air and space museum today!
Open see "hours". Virtual programs available. Call for current info. Here, at the Poeh, old rhythms of life and ways of making beauty are still important. In the Tewa Pueblo language Poeh translates to “path” and the Poeh Cultural Center embodies that pathway, the essence of what it means to be a Tewa person – to be Pueblo. Visits include a museum experience with guided tours, seasonal exhibits, pueblo history exhibit, and new historic pottery exhibit from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
CLOSED: ONLINE ONLY - Discover the beauty and art of wax from ancient beeswax to the modern crayon! The MoEA has the most extensive, and best represented encaustic art collection. Encaustic is the fastest growing art medium in the world.
OPEN: See hours. Opened in 2002 by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, we are the only museum in the country dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting the art of the Hispanic Southwest.
OPEN Advance Ticket Req'd. COVID safety in place. Experience the most extraordinary immersive arts project and museum you've ever seen! This is a combination of jungle gym, haunted house, children’s museum, and immersive art exhibit. The unique fusion of art and entertainment gives audiences fictional worlds to explore. Fun for all ages!
"...the world's coolest fort ever, complete with atmospheric haze, built according to the laws of play...Limitless dimensions of meaning, and the delight of discovery on the part of artist/performers and visitors..."
Kathryn M.Davis-Visual Art Source