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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.
El Rancho de as Golondrinas Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Santa Fe Children's Museum
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Museum of International Folk Art SITE Santa Fe
Institute of American Indian Arts Museum Museum of Spanish Colonial Art The Awakening Museum
Museum of Fine Arts Palace of the Governors Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
For Complete Museum Schedules and Information visit their main website (links provided)
Palace of the Governors
Palace of the Governors 1618

The 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. Through Feb, 4, 2007: Lasting Impressions; Private Presses of N.M. Open Tues. through Sun. 10 am - 5 pm. Fridays Free 5 pm - 8 pm. 100 Palace Ave. (505) 476-5100

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Present Day Palace of the Governors Portal where Native American Indian Artists sell their wares.
Museum of fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts - founded 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. (505) 476-5072

The Georgia 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
Georgia O'Keefe Museum

The Institute 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 nation’s 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

The Museum 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

The Museum 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. Main phone: (505) 476-1200

The Museum 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. (505) 982-2226

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. (505) 982-4636

The 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 (505) 954-4025 for operation hours and admission prices.
The Awakening Museum Interior
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. (505) 471-2261

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. (505) 989-1199

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.
(505) 989-8359

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