Museums in Santa Fe | Art & Culture in Santa Fe, NM

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Museums in Santa Fe

The past and present of culture in all its forms

Visiting Santa Fe museums provides an historic background that will enrich your visit to the City Different. From the history of Santa Fe at the Palace of the Governors and the New Mexico History Museum, to family-fun Santa Fe Childrens’ Museum and living history at Rancho de Las Golondrinas, each museum provides a unique perspective on Santa Fe and its place in the world.
  • Santa Fe Childrens’ Museum
    An informal environment for children to use their hands and minds together. As a site for family outings, children and parents are brought together in the spirit of challenging play. Indeed, the Santa Fe Children's Museum is all about discovery!
  • O’Keeffe Museum
    A space dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe, her life, American Modernism, and public engagement.
  • International Folk Art Museum
    This museum is home to the world’s largest collection of folk art, with collections of more than 135,000 artifacts grouped in permanent as well as changing exhibits.
  • New Mexico History Museum
    New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors National Historic Landmark are distinctive emblems of our nation's history. They present exhibitions and public programs that interpret historical events and reflect on the wide range of New Mexico historical experiences
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Folk Art Museum Santa Fe Museum Hill
  • The Bataan Memorial Museum
    The New Mexico National Guard Bataan Memorial Museum features artifacts, images, press clippings, weapons and uniforms carried or worn by Guardsmen dating back to the 19th century to present.
  • El Rancho de las Golondrinas
    This living history museum located on 200 acres in a rural farming valley just south of Santa Fe, is dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of 18th and 19th century New Mexico. 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, while special 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.
  • Ghost Ranch
    The Museum of Anthropology at Ghost Ranch displays ancient artifacts from Paleo Indian culture, 10,000 years ago, through ancestral Puebloan times to present time pottery and weavings from local Pueblos. Exhibits of the work of local artists, as well as a fascinating gift shop, add to the excitement of a visit to the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum.
    The Museum of Paleontology houses not only active paleantological research but also numerous exhibits, photographs and life-sized replicas of dinosaurs found on the Ghost Ranch property, including the New Mexico state fossil Coelophysis.
  • Palace of the Governors
    Originally constructed in the early 17th century as Spain's seat of government for what is today the American Southwest, the Palace of the Governors chronicles the history of Santa Fe, as well as New Mexico and the region. This adobe structure, now the state's history museum, was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1960 and an American Treasure in 1999.

  • Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
    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 over 3,700 pieces, including historically significant and contemporary works. Rotating exhibits, including national traveling shows insure you will always encounter something nuevo at the Museum.

  • The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
    The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian is a museum devoted to Native American arts. It maintains growing, world-renowned collections that document Navajo art and culture from 1850 to the present. It also presents changing exhibitions on traditional and contemporary Navajo and other Native American arts.
  • SITE Santa Fe
    SITE Santa Fe creates significant experiences for visitors by presenting year-round exhibitions and educational programs to carry forward the region’s tradition of fostering avant-garde art.