Museums

With more than a dozen museums, Santa Fe County offers miles of exploration devoted to the region’s unique history, art, and culture.Whether you’re interested in ancient Pueblo people, the Spanish Colonial era, the region’s mining history or its Wild West days, you’ll discover all that and more in an impressive array of fascinating museums located around the County.

Cerrillos

Casa Grande Trading Post, Petting Zoo & Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum

A collector’s treasure trove of Cerrillos turquoise, rocks and minerals as well as vintage bottles, this adobe hacienda also offers gifts, and a museum devoted to turquoise mining. You can buy food for the animals and the petting zoo and they’ll be happy to  have you feed them. You may have seen this popular Cerrillos spot featured on the PBS program, “Antiques Roadshow.”

17 Waldo St
Cerrillos, NM 87010
505.438.3008
CasaGrandeTradingPost.com

Casa Grande Trading Post, Petting Zoo & Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum

La Cienega

El Rancho De Las Golondrinas

This acclaimed living history museum reveals  what life was like in early New Mexico. Located on 200 acres in a rural farming valley south of Santa Fe, the museum features 18th-century colonial buildings and villagers clothed in the styles of the times . Annual festivals and theme weekends give an in-depth look at the celebrations, music, dance, food and other aspects of life in the period when this part of the U.S. was ruled by Spain and Mexico.

334 Los Pinos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507
505.471.2261
Golondrinas.org

El Rancho De Las Golondrinas

Madrid

Madrid Old Coal Mine Museum

From gold to coal, Madrid has a rich mining history, and this museum chronicles it all. You’ll see mining equipment, old cars, antiques and other relics from Madrid’s era as a “company town,” which drew some 3,000 people in its heyday. You can climb aboard and ring the bell of a 1901 769 Richmond Steam Engine, and bring the sounds of a fascinating period back to life.

Open April–October

2846 Hwy 14
Madrid, NM 87010
505.473.0743
TheMineShaftTavern.com

Madrid Old Coal Mine Museum

Chimayó

Chimayó History Museum

Located in the former home of the world-renowned Chimayó weaving family, the Ortegas, this museum chronicles the rich history of Chimayó, from past to present. With its original whitewashed mud walls, ceiling beams, and hardened mud floors, the adobe building reflects its history as part of a  Spanish Colonial settlement established in 1740. You’ll view exhibits of photographs and artifacts documenting the daily lives, work and faith of the people of Chimayó .

Plaza del Cerró
Chimayo, NM 87522
505.351.094

Chimayó History Museum

Nambé

Nambé Trading Post & Museum Of Western Film & Costume

This historic trading post is brimming with Southwest treasures , from Zuni katsinas and Navajo weavings to antique and contemporary Pueblo pottery, old pawn jewelry, paintings and other unique pieces It's only fitting that you'll find movie costumes and props from award- winning Westerns in this unique shop, housed in one of the last remaining trading posts from the days of the Old West.

20 Summer Road
Santa Fe, NM 87506
505.455.2819
NambeTradingPost.com

Nambé Trading Post & Museum Of Western Film & Costume

Pojoaque

Poeh Cultural Center And Museum

The Poeh Gallery showcases art that is created by students and instructors in Poeh Studio Classes, held in the beautiful adobe buildings of the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum. The gallery features jewelry, micaceous pottery, Pueblo Polychrome pottery, stone sculpture, and many other traditional art forms including hand carved drums, exquisitely embroidered and hand woven kilts and mantas, moccasins and much more.

78 Cities of Gold Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87506
505.455.3334

Poeh Cultural Center And Museum

Santa Fe

Bataan Memorial Military Museum

Housed in the original Armory where the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment was processed for service in 1941 before being sent to the Philippine Islands early in World War II, this museum displays the tragic history of the Bataan Death March. Opened by members of New Mexico's National Guard, the museum also chronicles the history of the New Mexico military, from the Spanish Conquest to the Civil War, both World Wars, Vietnam, and the present-day Middle East conflicts.

1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87050
505.474.1670

Bataan Memorial Military Museum

Georgia O’keeffe Museum

A visit to this world-renowned museum offers insight not only into the artist’s work, but also her creative process and the New Mexico light and landscape that inspired her. The museum also is devoted to the study of American Modernism. In addition to the main museum campus in Santa Fe, the O’Keeffe Museum maintains O’Keeffe’s two homes and studios in northern New Mexico, a research center and library, and collections relating to O’Keeffe and modern art.

217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505.946.1000
OKeeffeMuseum.org

Georgia O’keeffe Museum

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

The Institute of American Indian Arts celebrated museum is the only one in the country that exhibits, collects and interprets the most progressive work of contemporary Native artists. Its mission is to further the scholarship, discourse and interpretation of contemporary Native art for audiences around the world. The museum is renowned for organizing exhibitions of dynamic and diverse arts representing Native North America and it’s dedicated to raising awareness about contemporary Native art, history and culture.

83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, NM 87508
505.424.2300
IAIA.edu

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

New Mexico Museum Of Art

Opened in 1917 as the first building in New Mexico dedicated to art, this museum celebrates the diversity of the visual arts and the legacy of New Mexico as a cultural crossroads. The galleries, St. Francis auditorium and reception areas were built by New Mexicans to promote the state's rich culture to both visitors and locals. The spectacular Pueblo Revival style building is as creative and artistic as the collections in the museum.

107 W. Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505.476.5072
NMArtMuseum.org

New Mexico Museum Of Art

Museum Of Indian Arts And Culture/Laboratory Of Anthropology

With state-of-the-art-exhibits that reveal the richness of Native cultures and the anthropology and archaeology of the Greater Southwest, this premier museum tells the stories of the people of the Southwest, from prehistory through contemporary art. You’ll explore diverse native arts, histories, languages and cultures through changing exhibitions and public lectures. The museum also offers field trip opportunities, artist residencies, and other educational programs.

710 Camino Lejo, off old Santa Fe Tail
Santa Fe, NM 87504
505.476.1250
MIACLAB.org

Museum Of Indian Arts And Culture/Laboratory Of Anthropology

Museum Of International Folk Art

Home to the world’s largest collection of international folk art, this museum has over 135,000 artifacts from more than 100 countries. It has gained national and international recognition since it was founded in 1953 with a core collection by Florence Dibell Bartlett. Through major exhibitions, annual events and innovative programs, the museum strives to shape a “humane world by connecting people through creative expression and artistic traditions.”

706 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505
505.476.1200
MOIFA.org

Museum Of International Folk Art

Museum Of Spanish Colonial Art

With collections that were initiated in 1928, this museum today has 3,000 treasures of New Mexican Hispanic Art, the first European-inspired art form in the country,  as well as art from all of the Spanish colonies. The collection represents  the most comprehensive compilation of Spanish Colonial art of their kind. Dating from the Middle Ages to the New Millennium, the collections span centuries in art, place and time.

750 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87502
505.982.2226
SpanishColonial.org

New Mexico History Museum

Explore the rich and dynamic history of New Mexico in this state-of-the-art museum. The compelling exhibits are devoted to promoting understanding of the diverse experiences of the people of New Mexico as well the forces that shaped the state and its connections with the rest of the world. The museum’s collections comprise a million objects, photographs, and documents that have special emphasis on items associated with New Mexico history.

113 Lincoln Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505.476.5200
NMHistoryMuseum.org

New Mexico History Museum

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 rich history of Santa Fe, as well as New Mexico and the region. This adobe structure, now the state’s history museum, is a museum in and of itself. The Palace was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1960 and an American Treasure in 1999.

105 W. Palace Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505.476.5100
PalaceOfTheGovernors.org

Santa Fe Children’s Museum

With a dynamic, hands-on, exploratory environment, this delightful museum has been helping children, and families, discover the joys of learning, play and community since 1985. “Children learn by doing” is the motto here, and there is much to do, from a puppet theater to giant bubbles and other interactive exhibits along with creative programs, Outdoors, kids can explore a 1.5 acre Southwest horticulture garden with a greenhouse, a giant sandpit and an adobe playhouse.

1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505
505.989.8359
SantaFeChildrensMuseum.org

Santa Fe Children’s Museum

Site Santa Fe

Presenting the most innovative visual art of our time, this not-for-profit contemporary arts organization creates profound experiences for visitors. SITE Santa Fe also supports new developments in contemporary art, encouraging artistic exploration and expanding traditional museum experiences. This organization has been enriching the cultural life of Santa Fe and beyond since it opened in 1995, with a year-round schedule that includes exhibitions of work by emerging and established artists, experimental curatorial approaches, innovative exhibition design.

1606 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505.989.1199
SiteSantaFe.org

Site Santa Fe

Wheelwright Museum Of The American Indian

This unique, not-for-profit museum offers changing exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art that emphasize the Southwest. The main gallery exhibitions change twice a year and the smaller galleries feature one-person shows by Native American artists and photographers, or items relating to the main gallery exhibition. The museum and the Case Trading Post museum shop sponsor talks, seminars, meet-the-artist receptions and many other events. Admission and most events are free.

704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505
800.607.4636
WheelWright.org