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Santa Fe's remarkable history, art and cultural heritage are preserved in many of its museums, both state-operated and private. Here is a guide to the most popular:

Museum of New Mexico oversees four museums in Santa Fe and five historic (monuments located around the state. Older than New Mexico itself, the Museum of New Mexico's facilities house some of the country's most remarkable art and historic and cultural works.

Palace of the Governors
100 Palace Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 476-5100
Now a Southwestern history museum, the Palace was constructed as a government building by the Spanish in 1610. It remains the nation's oldest public building still in continuous use. The building faces Santa Fe's downtown Plaza, and American Indian artists sell their wares under its historic portal as part of the Native American Vendors Program.

Museum of Fine Arts
107 Palace Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 476-5072
Located just west of the Plaza, the museum displays an extensive permanent collection of Southwestern artists, including major pieces by Georgia O'Keeffe. New exhibitions are always being mounted that cover the works of contemporary artists of all kinds.

Museum of International Folk Art
706 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 476-1200
The Folk Art Museum features ethnic crafts from hundreds of cultures. Noted for its Hispanic heritage wing and the Girard Collection, the museum contains the largest collections of folk art in the world. The Neutrogena Wing brings a vibrant and diverse assemblage of folk art to the museum from one man's lifelong travels and passion for collecting.

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
710 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 476-1250
The outstanding collection showcases classic and contemporary Southwestern Indian paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, basketry and weaving. A permanent exhibition tracing the life of American Indians, "Here Now and Always" was curated in part by Native American elders, scholars and tribal members.

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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum,
217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 946-1000
This beautiful facility can easily be considered one of the country's most important museums housing the works of one of the century's most important artists. The 13,000 square-foot museum is located in downtown Santa Fe and is convenient to the Plaza. From July through October the museum is open 7 days a week. From November through June it is closed on Wednesdays. Hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM except on Fridays when hours are 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Admission is $8 for adults, free for children 17 and under and students with i.d. $4 for New Mexico residents with i.d. Thursdays, $7 for senior citizens 60 and over. Fridays are free 5PM to 8 PM.

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 982-4636
The Wheelwritght is housed in a building based on a traditional Navajo hogan and houses contemporary and historic art and craft from all Native American cultures.

The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
750 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87501
The Spanish Colonial Arts Society collections were initiated in 1928. Today with 3,000 objects, the collections are 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. Among the various media featured are santos (painted and sculpted images of saints,) textiles, tinwork, silverwork, goldwork, ironwork, straw appliqué, ceramics, furniture, books and more. All combined, the collections represent the artistic history and ongoing evolution of Hispano culture in New Mexico while firmly establishing its important place within the global arts landscape. Hours: 10AM to 5PM, 7 Days a week. Museum of New Mexico, $15 for access to 5 museums for 4 days. Without the Pass: Adults $6, kids under 17 free.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
(505) 471-2261
What once was a stop on the Camino Real is now a living museum that has preserved the Spanish Colonial and Territorial way of life on a 200 acre ranch just outside of Santa Fe. Docents in period dress, period buildings from around the Southwest and hands-on demonstrations make this a perfect spot for families.

Institute of American Indian Art
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, NM 87508
505) 424-2300
Since 1962 the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has trained today’s generation of top Native American, Alaska Native and Canadian First Nations artists. IAIA’s multi-disciplinary and multi-Tribal approach to art education embraces both traditional and contemporary expressions of Indigenous cultures. From jewelry and painting to digital media and creative writing, excellence in arts education is at the heart of IAIA’s mission.

Santa Fe Children's Museum.
1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 989-8359
This wonderfully thought out kids museum offers education and entertainment for families with interactive programs and exhibits. Learning by doing is the theme with indoor and outdoor areas.

The Awakening Museum
125 North Guadalupe
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 954-4025
Jean Claude Gaugy began work on The Awakening in 1985 as an expression of his yearning for connection with The Divine. During the next thirteen years Gaugy carved and painted complex and powerful imagery on four hundred panels of wood covering 8,000 square feet of ceiling, doors, and walls. The monumental work was reinstalled in Santa Fe in an historic space. The Museum has a contiguous meditation garden as well as a gift shop that offers a wide range of books, CDs, jewelry and other items that echo the sacred nature of the space. With love and transcendence as its central themes, The Awakening is a reminder of the formidable capacity of art to express universal motifs that transform and elevate our lives.