Established in 1909 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Museum of New Mexico is one of the largest state-run museum systems in the United States and is comprised of four museums, seven historic sites and the Office of Archaeological Studies. With four world-class museums and more than 250,000 objects from over 150 nations, the Museum of New Mexico contains one of the richest design archives in the world. Situated at the nexus of Spanish, American and Native American culture in a region rich with renowned artists, writers and crafts people, the museums hold a vast repository of items unique to the cultural terroir of the region and from around the world. Learn more about the Museum of New Mexico here.
Home to the world’s largest collection of folk art, this museum houses an extraordinary world-class collection of more than 130,000 artifacts from more than 100 nations. Spanning from the late 1600s to the present, this collection features folk art, furniture, jewelry, pottery and textiles from around the world. With approximately 25,000 textiles and ethnographic dress spanning five continents and 100 nations, this collection is acclaimed by textile scholars as one of the most extensive ethnic archives in the world.
Presenting the diverse stories of the Native people of the Southwest, from pre-history to today, collection highlights include 1,500 Navajo and Pueblo rugs and ceremonial costumes, more than 10,000 pieces of Pueblo pottery and basketry, jewelry and beadwork.
Built in 1610 to house the Spanish colonial government , the Palace of the Governors is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. The museum highlights the pivotal role of Santa Fe and the Southwest in the history of the United States through a collection of more than 17,000 objects, including furniture, period dress, jewelry and silver from the Spanish colonial era to the 1800s. The Photo Archives at the Palace of the Governors boasts one of the largest photographic records of westward expansion in the United States.
The museum is home to more than 23,000 works of American and European art, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, photographs, new media, and conceptual works. It was designed and built in 1917 and the building, now a landmark, established the prominent Pueblo revival-style of architecture that has since become known as Santa Fe style. Works by painters Georgia O’Keeffe, John Marin, and Marsden Hartley, and photographers Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Paul Strand and Laura Gilpin are in the museum's collection.