Santa Fe Museums & History
Santa Fe is a city that is a vibrant mix of culture, history and natural beauty. All three are celebrated in top fashion at many of the city's excellent museums. The scope of these venues span a wide range, from Native art and cultural lore to a compendium of work from some of the state's most talented artists and artwork by and for children. To be sure, you'll find plenty to discover when you venture out to any of these fine Santa Fe museums.
The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
prides itself in presenting "Indian art through Indian eyes." To rightfully accomplish that mission, this museum presents a dazzling collection of artwork by artists who have attended or taught at the College of Santa Fe's Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. The resulting collection that is housed here adds up to a staggering 6,500 original pieces created by over 3,000 artists.
Address: 108 Cathedral Pl, Santa Fe, NM 87501 - MAP
Phone: (505) 983-8900
There are museums that are housed in impressive but sometimes daunting buildings, and then there are venues that draw you into history, like El Rancho de las Golondrinas
. This is a 200-acre living museum located 20 miles south of Santa Fe. These buildings have been restored and authentic structures have been brought in to create a full-scale view of what life was like in this part of the world. A total of thirty-three buildings make up this truly compelling museum that even presents historically-costumed interpreters becoming part of the "living exhibit" as they spin wool, weave and bake bread.
Address: 334 Los Pinos Road, Los Cienega, NM 87505 - MAP
Phone: (505) 471-2261
The New Mexico Museum of Art
is actually a piece of history itself. The venue has the distinction of being the oldest museum in New Mexico, having opened its doors in 1917. Since its establishment, the museum has collected some truly essential works that now feature over 8,000 pieces as part of its permanent collection. This body of work represents the Taos school of artists as well as other American artists. The museum also proudly presents the work of various notable regional artists.
Address: 107 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501 - MAP
Phone: (505) 476-5072
Santa Fe's the Palace of the Governors
is a museum truly built on history. The building was constructed in 1619 by Governor Pedro de Peralta and it stands as the oldest continuously used public building in the United States. Revisit the Spanish colonial period or the Mexican American War when you view the stunning collection of over 17,000 objects that are housed in this dramatic and interesting venue.
Address: 105 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501 - MAP
Phone: (505) 476-5100
The various aspects of the American Indian experience are sharply presented in the many pieces and exhibits that are housed in the Wheelwright Museum Of The American Indian
. This museum was built in 1937 by Mary Cabot Wheelwright to study the spiritual ceremonies of the Navajo Indians. After fifteen years of careful study, Wheelwright obtained permission to perform these rituals for historical and educational purposes. The museum also frequently presents Native American art exhibitions as well as an excellent gift shop that features pottery, paintings and rugs, as well as books and other items that colorfully tell the story of the Navajo tribe.
Address: 704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505 - MAP
Phone: (505) 982-4636
Most of the time, kids are used to being told not to touch something or to keep their hands to themselves. Quite the opposite is true at the Santa Fe Children's Museum
. In fact, touching and exploring the various interactive exhibits and other items presented here is highly encouraged. And as if that weren't enough to entice young, curious minds, there's also an outdoor environmental classroom called "Earthworks" that is the perfect place for kids to get up close to various aspects of nature.
Address: 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501 - MAP
Phone: (505) 989-8359