Archdiocese of Santa Fe Museum
223 Cathedral Place
Donations accepted. Admission free.
A small but impressive museum featuring historical documents, photographs, and artifacts that trace the development and role of the Catholic Church in New Mexico.
Bataan Memorial Military Museum and Library
1050 Old Pecos Trail
No admission charge
The museum was organized through the efforts of the New Mexico National Guard and displays artifacts collected by the state's military veterans. It honors all New Mexicans who have done military service. It occupies an old armory and displays items from World War I through Desert Storm. The highlight is a tribute to the Bataan veterans, the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment that was sent to the Philippines to furnish anti aircraft support. The regiment was later divided to form the 515th Coast Artillery Regiment. The regiment saw action on Bataan when the Japanese occupied the Philippines in 1942. The 200th is credited with firing the first shot and being the last to surrender to the Armies of Japan. Over half of the regiment was killed in the Pacific or imprisoned. A perpetual flame burns in their memory outside the state government building named in their honor.
The museum has 30,000 artifacts, an extensive research library and an archive of military documents relating to New Mexico's history.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos Road la Cienega
Admission also varies by event.
take I25 to exit 246 and bear right on new Mexico Highway 599. Turn left at the first intersection on the frontage road and right just before the race track on Los Pinos Road. the museum is 3 miles from the intersection.
Note: The museum's self-guided tour involves about a 1.5-mile walk over roads and trails that are sometimes steep and rocky. Allow at least an hour and a half for the tour.
The ranch was the last stop before Santa Fe between Mexico City and the northern province of New Spain. As such, it was an oasis in an arduous journey. Centuries later, the natural beauty remains.
Approximately 15 miles southwest of Santa Fe, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, "the ranch of the swallows," offers a vivid re-creation of the area's 18th and 19thcentury history. The restored buildings, built on original foundations, have been furnished as appropriate to the period. You can visit an 18th-century placita house, a home built around a patio with thick walls and defensive towers. You can see a water-powered mill, feel the heat in a blacksmith shop, visit a school house, hike through the mountain village and notice the solemnity in the morada, a chapel/meeting house used by an influential religious society.
Festivals and special Civil War weekend demonstrations are popular with locals and visitors.. During these lively events, volunteers dress in traditional costumes, chat with visitors and demonstrate many of the skills early settlers needed to survive on the frontier. The museum comes alive with dancing, music, sales of food and crafts and activities of all sorts. You can see, taste, smell, hear and touch the life of Spanish Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. El Rancho de las Golondrinas also presents theme weekends throughout the summer, focusing on topics such as arts, oral history and storytelling, Colonial traditions, the Catholic faith as it shaped the area's arts and the animals the Spanish brought with them.
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson St.
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is America's first museum dedicated to the work of a woman artist of international stature. O'Keeffe visited New Mexico in 1917 and moved there permanently in 1949, settling in an old adobe home in the small village of Abiquiu She lived there, inspired by the landscape and the light, for nearly 40 years before moving to Santa Fe a few years before her death in 1986 at age 98.
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum houses the world's largest permanent collection of her work, including many pieces the artist kept for herself that have never exhibited previously. The museum displays drawings, paintings, pastels, sculptures and watercolors that O'Keeffe produced between 1916 and 1980. Flowers and bleached desert bones, abstractions, nudes, landscapes, city scapes and still lifes were all subjects of interest to her. The museum's galleries trace O'Keeffe's artistic evolution in a wide range of media and follow the depth and breadth of her long, productive career.
As a secondary goal, the museum collects works by contemporaries of O'Keeffe who were part of her artistic community. Anne and John Marion, philanthropists who funded the new visual arts center at the College of Santa Fe, endowed the 13,000-square foot museum. The display throughout the museum's 10 galleries is simple and unpretentious, just as O'Keeffe would have liked. The museum offers guided tours, educational programming and special eventsI also features a short video about O'Keeffe's life and her contribution to American art.
Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
108 Cathedral Pl.
10- 5 Mon - Sat and noon - 5 Sunday.
The museum is affiliated with the Institute of American Indian Arts, which has long been one of America's leading schools in this field. Among the teachers and students whose work has put the IAIA on the national map are Allan Houser, Fritz Scholder, Linda Lomahaftewa and T.C. Cannon. With more than 6,500 pieces in the collection representing 3,000 artists, the museum is the largest repository of contemporary Indian art in the world. Painting and sculpture, traditional crafts such as beadwork, pottery, weaving and basketry are displayed in the museum's five galleries. The museum offers educational programming and the outdoor Allan Houser Art Park for large sculpture.
The Museum of New Mexico
Administrative offices, 113 Lincoln Ave.
The four museums operated by the Museum of New Mexico: Palace of the Governors, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, and the privately funded Georgia O'Keeffe Museum follow the same pricing schedule and hours.
From 5 - 8 on Fridays all patrons receive free admission at The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts and The Palace of the Governors. Annual passes are available.
All branches of the Museum of New Mexico and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum are open from 10- 5 Tues. - Sun. The Museum of Fine Arts, Palace of the Governors and The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum are also open from 5 - 8 on Fridays. The museums are closed Mondays, New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For information about the Museum of New Mexico's events and attractions call the 24-hour information line, 827-6463.
Museum of Fine Arts
107 W. Palace Ave.
The state's oldest art museum features more than 20,000 works of art from the Southwest.The museum is a beautiful example of the Pueblo Revival style of construction, complete with split cedar latillas (roof supports), hand hewn vigas (log roof beams) and corbels. The gracious style reflected in the thick walls, pleasantly landscaped central courtyard, smooth interior plaster and other finishing touches became synonymous with "Santa Fe Style."
The Museum of Fine Arts offers art classes for children, an extensive program of lectures and gallery talks. The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival makes its home in the museum's St. Francis Auditorium during the summer.
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology
710 Camino Lejo
Presenting the diverse stories that illuminate the art and history of Native America through two millennia.
Housed in a large new wing, the exhibit "Here, Now and Always" tells the story of the Native American presence in the Southwest with more than 1,300 objects and a multimedia production created during the eight-year period the museum spent in collaboration with Native American elders, artists, scholars, teachers, builders and writers. These consultants worked with a team of Indian and non-Indian museum curators and designers to develop an exhibit that combines the actual voices of contemporary American Indians with ancient artifacts. The architectural design helps bring centuries of culture and tradition to life
The exhibit uses stone and silver, clay and wool, feast days, fairs and family stories to tell of the enduring communities of the Southwest. To orient visitors, it incorporates the landscape itself, mesas and settlements, plazas and sacred peaks. Visitors proceed by theme through the galleries. You can visit a pueblo kitchen, an Apache wickiup, a Navajo hogan, a 1930s trading post and a contemporary vendor's booth at a tribal feast day celebration. The stories in "Here, Now and Always" are told on video tape by 24 American Indians.
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture was established in 1987 next to its adjoining research facility, the Laboratory of Anthropology. In addition to exhibits, the museum has a resource center with looms, magazines, books, maps and other useful tools. The museum is noted for its prehistoric and historic pottery, basketry, woven fabrics and jewelry.
Museum of International Folk Art
706 Camino Lejo
Just as the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture provides a fascinating and informative orientation to the American Indian cultures of the Southwest, the Folk Art Museum does the same for New Mexico's Hispanic culture. The Hispanic Heritage Wing features Spanish Colonial folk art and an interactive computer program in its "Familia y Fe/Family and Faith" exhibit. The finely crafted displays delineate the central position of extended family relationships and the Catholic faith in northern New Mexico's Hispanic culture. The exhibit also underlines the resourcefulness of the pioneer families who lived for more than a century in tremendous isolation from manufactured goods, European medicine and formal education.
This museum holds the world's largest collection of international folk art. In the "Multiple Visions: A Common Bond" exhibit, for example, you'll find objects from more than 100 countries displayed in fascinating dioramas. Toys from 19th-century Europe, Chinese prints, embroidered Indian mandalas, Mexican Day of the Dead mementos and examples of early 20th-century Americana are among the treasures. This exhibit alone displays more than 10,000 pieces of folk art, all donated by the Girard Foundation Collection.
Palace of the Governors
105 West Palace Avenue on the Plaza
10 - 5 Tue - Sun
Free Friday Evenings 5 - 8 pm
Built in 1610, the state history museum was the birthplace of the Museum of New Mexico in 1909. Recognized as the centerpiece of Santa Fe, The Palace chronicles the history of the city, as well as New Mexico, the desert Southwest and the Americas with exhibits that reflect Spanish colonial, Mexican and Territorial period lifestyles.