Museums & Historic Sites

Museums and Historical Sites

Santa Fe is gifted with museums and historical sites of interest to most visitors. In fact, the museums are the “crown jewels” of the State of New Mexico. In the write up covering this topic on the El Farolito web site, the museums and historical sites in the Plaza area and surrounding streets were described. In the following section, we will cover the four museums located on Museum Hill and the historical sites located outside of the city but only a short drive away.

Museum Hill is located off of Old Santa Fe Trail just a short drive southwest of the Plaza. The two larger museums, Museum of Indian Art & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art are located on a beautiful landscaped plaza, site of several summer festivals and entrance to a botanical garden currently under construction.

The Indian Art & Culture museum displays a collection of artworks from Southwestern Indian tribes including traditional pottery, jewelry, weavings, baskets, kachinas, paintings and drawings.

The Museum of International Folk Art, one of the leading US museums displaying works from world wide untrained artisans, houses the largest collection of folk art in the world. In addition to a sampling of objects from the permanent collection, one can view special exhibits highlighting the cultural traditions of folk artists from across the globe. In July of each year, this museum is home to the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market where one can view and purchase art works from hundreds of juried artisans representing different cultures and countries throughout the world, a truly international event.

Museum Hill is also home to two smaller museums. The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art collection spans five centuries of Spanish art in the New World where one can view bultos, Santos and retablos and other religious objects as well as textiles, furniture and tinwork. The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian displays historic arts and crafts as well as contemporary work from Native American peoples and houses the Case Trading Post, one of the best museum shops in Santa Fe.

Nearby historic sites that warrant a visit include Bandelier National Monument and the adjacent Tsankawi Archeological Site (a short 45 minute drive northwest of Santa Fe), Pecos National Monument and the Santuario de Chimayo in the village of Chimayo. An escorted tour of the Puye cliff and cave dwellings on the Santa Clara pueblo gives one a glimpse into the lives of pueblo Indians who farmed and hunted game here from the 900’s to 1580 A.D.

Museum of International Folk Art
www.nternationalfolkart.org
505-476-1200
725 Camino Lejo
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
www.okeeffemuseum.org
505-946-1000
217 Johnson Street
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
www.miaclab.org
505-827-6463
725 Camino Lejo
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
www.iaia.edu/museum
505-983-8900
108 Cathedral Place
Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
www.spanishcolonial.org
505-982-2226
725 Camino Lejo
New Mexico Museum of Art
www.nmartmuseum.org
505-476-5072
107 West Palace
SITE Santa Fe
www.sitesantafe.org
505-989-1199
1606 Paseo de Peralta
El Rancho De Las Golondrinas
www.golondrinas.org
505-471-2261
334 Los Pinos Road
New Mexico History Museum
www.nmhistorymuseum.org
505-476-5200
113 Lincoln Ave.
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
www.wheelwright.org
505-982-4636
704 Camino Lejo

 

Bandelier National Monument
www.nps.gov/band/
505-672-0343
Pecos National Monument
www.nps.gov/peco/
505-757-6414 ext.1
Loretto Chapel
www.lorettochapel.com
505-982-0092
207 Old Santa Fe Trail
San Miguel Mission
505-983-3974
401 Old Santa Fe Trail
Palace of the Governors
www.palaceofthegovernors.org
505-476-5100
 

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