List of Santa Fe Museums
The Museum of New Mexico oversees four museums in Santa Fe and five historic monuments located around the state. Just off the Plaza in Santa Fe, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) opened its doors in 1917 in order to preserve and promote the art and artists of the Southwest. Older than New Mexico itself, the Museum of New Mexico's facilities house some of the country's most remarkable art and historic and cultural works. On Museum Hill, off Old Santa Fe Trail.
For Complete Museum Schedules and Information visit their main website (links provided)
Palace of the Governors 1618
Palace of the
Governors, now a Southwestern history museum, was constructed
as a government building by the Spanish in 1610. It remains
the nation's oldest public building still in continuous use.
It displays contemporary Native American art in all its forms
and represents the largest collection of Indian artists in
the country. The building faces Santa Fe's downtown Plaza,
and American Indian artists sell their wares under its historic
portal as part of the Native American Vendors Program.
Feb, 4, 2007: Lasting Impressions; Private Presses of
Open Tues. through Sun. 10 am - 5 pm. Fridays Free 5 pm - 8 pm.
100 Palace Ave.
Present Day Palace of
the Governors Portal where Native American Indian Artists
sell their wares.
of Fine Arts
of Fine Arts
in 1917 as the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico. It is
just west of the Plaza, and is New Mexico's oldest museum. For
more than eighty-five years the Museum has collected and exhibited
work by artists from New Mexico and elsewhere. Housed in a spectacular Pueblo Revival building designed by I. H. and William M.
Rapp. A permanent exhibit
Georgia O'Keeffe's Legacy in New Mexico
curated by Joseph Traugott, features gems that have been out of public view for quite some time displays O'Keefe's rich blue skies and beautiful stark landscapes. Friday evenings are always free at the museum.
Open Tues. through Sun. 10 am - 5 pm. Fridays Free from 5 pm - 8 pm.
107 W. Palace Ave.
O'Keeffe Museum, in Santa Fe can easily be considered one of the
country's most important museums housing the works of one of the century's
most important artists. Famous artist Georgia O'Keeffe began to visit
New Mexico in 1929 and moved to the area in 1949. The Museum is now
in what was once an old Spanish Baptist church. Located at 217 Johnson
St. the museum is open Mon., Tues., Thurs., Sat., and Sun. 10:00 AM
- 5:00 PM. Open Friday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. (505) 995-0785
Georgia O'Keefe Museum
of American Indian Arts Museum (IAIA) is located in one of the
most diverse concentrations of Native peoples in North America,
in the heart of the nations oldest multicultural communities
and in one of the largest art markets in the country, the City of
Santa Fe. The exhibition galleries and collections are temporarily
closed to the public until late Spring 2005 as the Museum embarks
on an extensive renovation project. The Museum Store will remain
open and offers the best in contemporary Native American art in
Santa Fe. Located at 108 Cathedral Place. Open Monday- Saturday,
10am - 5 pm and Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm. (505) 988-6281
of Indian Arts and Culture showcases classic and contemporary
Southwestern Indian paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry,
basketry and weaving. A permanent exhibition tracing the life
of American Indians, "Here Now and Always" was curated in part
by Native American elders, scholars and tribal members. The
museum displays artifacts from the Laboratory of Anthropology.
Museum workers have been gathering pieces since 1931. Today
the museum has more than 50,000 artifacts, featured in rotating
exhibits.Open Tues. through Sun.10 am to 5 pm.
710 Camino Lejo
of International Folk Art features ethnic crafts from hundreds
of cultures. Noted for its Hispanic heritage wing and the Girard
Collection, the museum contains the largest collections of
folk art in the world.
The Neutrogena Wing brings a vibrant and diverse assemblage of folk art to the museum from one man's lifelong travels and passion for collecting.
This museum is one of the best in Santa Fe. It contains more than 100,000 artifacts from more than 100 countries. The two permanent exhibitions at the Museum are Multiple Visions: A common Bond (Girard Wing) and Familia y Fe/Family and Faith in the Hispanic (Heritage Wing).
Open Tues. - Sun. 10 am - 5 pm. 706 Camino Lejo.
of Spanish Colonial Art has more than 3,000 objects, and contains
one of the most comprehensive collections of Spanish Colonial art,
featuring textiles, tinwork, silverwork, ceramics, furniture, and
books.. The art dates from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. The
museum is located in an intimate adobe structure at 750 Camino Lejo,
adjacent to the popular Museum of New Mexico complex. Open daily from
10 am - 5 pm.
The nearby Wheelwright
Museum of the American Indian is housed in a building based
on a traditional hogan and houses contemporary and historic art
and craft from all Native American cultures with an emphasis on
the Southwest. Located at 704 Camino Lejo. Open Monday - Saturday,
10 am to 5 pm. Sunday 1 - 5 pm. HOLIDAY HOURS: Christmas Eve Day
& New Year's Eve Day 10 am - 2 pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day,
Christmas Day & New Year's Day.
Awakening Museum The Awakening
was a piece of artwork by Jean Claude Gaugy. He worked on the piece
for nearly 13 years by painting 400 wood panels on 8,000 square feet
of ceilings, doors, and walls. That artwork is now part of The Awakening
Museum, which is located at 315 Johnson St. The museum has a meditation
garden, a gift shop, books, and jewelry. Call the museum at
954-4025 for operation hours and admission prices. www.theawakeningmuseum.org
The Awakening Museum Interior
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas
is a living museum that has preserved the Spanish Colonial and Territorial
way of life on a 200 acre ranch just outside of Santa Fe. The museum,
dedicated to the heritage and culture of Spanish Colonial New Mexico,
opened in 1972. Original colonial buildings on the site date from
the early 18th century. Located at 334 Los Pinos Road. Wednesday -
Sunday, June - September.
For contemporary art SITE Santa
Fe offers a rotating schedule of exhibits featuring some of the
world's finest and most well known artists. SITE Santa Fe is best
known for its international biennial. It is a private not-for-profit
contemporary arts organization committed to enriching the cultural
atmosphere in Santa Fe. Located
at 1606 Paseo de Peralta.
And for the kids, the Santa Fe Children's Museum.
offers education and entertainment for families with interactive programs
and exhibits. has interactive exhibits that are fun for kids and adults.
The museum features face paints, giant bubbles, and a Southwestern
nature garden. It also has programs that introduce children to the
environment and to art. The Santa Fe Children's Museum, located at
1050 Old Pecos Trail, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through
Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.