New Mexico History Museum

New Mexico History Museum The stories that made America's West come alive in New Mexico's newest museum.
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The stories that made America's West come alive in New Mexico's newest museum. HOURS Open Daily 10am-5pm from May through October Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm from November through April. Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, January 1st, and Easter Sunday

Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now, the Museum’s main exhibition, sweeps across more than 500 years of histor...
12/04/2019

Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now, the Museum’s main exhibition, sweeps across more than 500 years of history—from earliest inhabitants to today’s residents. Stories told through artifacts, videos, photographs, computer interactives, and oral histories provide context for appreciating New Mexico’s diverse cultures and understanding the museum’s ever-changing array of temporary exhibitions.

Together, these stories breathe life into the people who made the American West: Native Americans, Spanish colonists, Mexican traders, Santa Fe Trail riders, fur trappers, outlaws, Buffalo Soldiers, railroad workers, miners, scientists, hippies, artists and photographers.

Plaza in winter, Santa Fe, New MexicoPhotographer: Jesse NusbaumDate: 1912Negative Number 061458via Palace of the Govern...
11/30/2019

Plaza in winter, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Photographer: Jesse Nusbaum
Date: 1912
Negative Number 061458
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Las Posadas: The 43rd annual community celebrated event Sunday, Dec. 8, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Celebrated around the world, Las P...
11/26/2019

Las Posadas: The 43rd annual community celebrated event Sunday, Dec. 8, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Celebrated around the world, Las Posadas recreates Mary and Joseph’s search for a place of shelter in the days leading up to the birth of Jesus.

This historic Hispanic version is presented by volunteers from a number of northern New Mexico communities. The candle-lit procession will begin in the Santa Fe Plaza at 5:30 p.m. and conclude in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. The public is invited to stay for carols, cookies, and hot cider after the pageant.

The History Museum and Palace will close at 3 p.m. to prepare for this free event.

11/21/2019

The museum is closed Thursday afternoon, November 21, due to inclement weather.

In order to accommodate the interests of sponsoring groups, the New Mexico History Museum has rescheduled two popular ho...
11/20/2019

In order to accommodate the interests of sponsoring groups, the New Mexico History Museum has rescheduled two popular holiday events: the annual commemoration of Las Posadas on the Santa Fe Plaza, and the Young Native American Artists Show and Sale.

The new dates for these events are:

* Las Posadas – Sunday, December 8
* Young Native Artists Show and Sale – Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15

“A beautiful museum that drawers the visitor into its history. It engages the imagination room by room.”Thank you for th...
11/07/2019

“A beautiful museum that drawers the visitor into its history. It engages the imagination room by room.”

Thank you for the recommendation Madeline Delgado!

Enter a sensory world where working machinery clanks and groans and the pungent smell of ink hangs in the air. Formidabl...
11/04/2019

Enter a sensory world where working machinery clanks and groans and the pungent smell of ink hangs in the air. Formidable iron and wood hand presses are situated behind wood railings along with rows of cabinets housing antique metal types, imposing tables of softly scarred marble, and sewing frames and “nipping” presses for hand binding books and pamphlets.

The Palace Print Shop and Bindery exhibit is open to the public during regular Museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm. Find more information at www.palaceofthegovernors.org/PrintShop.

Georgia O'Keeffe (left) and Maria Chabot (right). Georgia O'Keeffe residence, Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu, New MexicoPhoto...
10/30/2019

Georgia O'Keeffe (left) and Maria Chabot (right). Georgia O'Keeffe residence, Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu, New Mexico

Photographer: John Candelario
Negative Number: 165668
Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now, the Museum’s main exhibition, sweeps across more than 500 years of histor...
10/25/2019

Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now, the Museum’s main exhibition, sweeps across more than 500 years of history—from earliest inhabitants to today’s residents. Stories told through artifacts, videos, photographs, computer interactives, and oral histories provide context for appreciating New Mexico’s diverse cultures and understanding the museum’s ever-changing array of temporary exhibitions.

Together, these stories breathe life into the people who made the American West: Native Americans, Spanish colonists, Mexican traders, Santa Fe Trail riders, fur trappers, outlaws, Buffalo Soldiers, railroad workers, miners, scientists, hippies, artists and photographers.

Learn more at http://media.newmexicoculture.org/events.php?action=detail&eventID=214.

Devil's Throne near Los Cerrillos, New MexicoPhotographer: J.R. RiddleDate: 1886 - 1888?Negative Number: 152037Palace of...
10/22/2019

Devil's Throne near Los Cerrillos, New Mexico

Photographer: J.R. Riddle
Date: 1886 - 1888?
Negative Number: 152037
Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

"After the fall roundup" in upper Chama country, New MexicoPhotographer: T. Harmon ParkhurstDate: circa 1925-1945?Negati...
10/19/2019

"After the fall roundup" in upper Chama country, New Mexico

Photographer: T. Harmon Parkhurst
Date: circa 1925-1945?
Negative Number 069900
Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Join New Mexico Creative-Sector thought leaders, including our own Cabinet Secretary for Department of Cultural Affairs,...
10/17/2019

Join New Mexico Creative-Sector thought leaders, including our own Cabinet Secretary for Department of Cultural Affairs, Debra Garcia y Griego, for a powerful conversation with Gail Lord here at our museum!

CREATIVITY, SOCIAL IMPACT, AND SOFT POWER
New Mexico is a hub of innovation, culture, and creativity. Our speakers will discuss how this cultural capital creates “soft power,” which we can harness to address some of the most important social issues of our time.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 4:00-6:00pm.
New Mexico History Museum Performing Arts Theater,
113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe

Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/creativity-social-impact-and-soft-power-tickets-75207163651

From steel gangs to machinists and car cleaners to conductors, every role in the railroad industry served an important p...
10/15/2019

From steel gangs to machinists and car cleaners to conductors, every role in the railroad industry served an important purpose. Wrenches, lanterns, tie dating nails and other objects from the New Mexico History Museum collections will be displayed to give additional life to the photos; many hands used those tools to ensure that each engine ran smoothly and successfully.

Opening October 18 and running through a date to be determined in 2021. Working on the Railroad is featured in the Mezzanine Gallery of the History Museum near the Fred Harvey installation.

Working on the Railroad tells another side of New Mexico’s locomotive history that makes no mention of passenger trains ...
10/12/2019

Working on the Railroad tells another side of New Mexico’s locomotive history that makes no mention of passenger trains or tourism; visitors will leave the exhibition with a greater appreciation of the difficulty of this work. All workers are represented – women, people of color, immigrants, young and old – and most jobs are represented, both on and off the tracks.

Opening October 18 and running through a date to be determined in 2021. Working on the Railroad is featured in the Mezzanine Gallery of the History Museum near the Fred Harvey installation.

Beginning in World War II with the first research and fabrication of nuclear weapons in Los Alamos for the Manhattan Pro...
10/10/2019

Beginning in World War II with the first research and fabrication of nuclear weapons in Los Alamos for the Manhattan Project and the first atomic bomb test at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico’s story is linked with the history of nuclear science and innovation.

Visit the Atomic Histories, Remembering New Mexico’s Nuclear Past
exhibition through February 28, 2020. More information at http://nmhistorymuseum.org/calendar.php?&id=3749.

Join the Coronado Historic Site for Fiesta of Cultures on October 19th to celebrate the diverse cultures of New Mexico. ...
10/06/2019

Join the Coronado Historic Site for Fiesta of Cultures on October 19th to celebrate the diverse cultures of New Mexico. This year's theme is "Beyond the Tri-Cultural Myth" which will explore Asian and African influences in New Mexico in addition to Indigenous, Spanish, and Anglo cultures.

Marjorie Lambert at excavation of Kuaua ruins at Coronado State Monument, New Mexico

Date: 1930?
Negative Number: 045387
Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Using nearly 40 images from the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives and the Library of Congress, Working on the Railr...
10/03/2019

Using nearly 40 images from the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives and the Library of Congress, Working on the Railroad offers an in-depth look at the men and women who did everything from laying track to dispatching the engines.

Opening October 18 and running through a date to be determined in 2021. This exhibition is featured in the Mezzanine Gallery of the History Museum near the Fred Harvey installation.

It's that time of year! Women harvesting chile peppers in northern New MexicoCreator: New Mexico Tourism BureauDate: 194...
09/29/2019

It's that time of year!

Women harvesting chile peppers in northern New Mexico

Creator: New Mexico Tourism Bureau
Date: 1945?
Negative Number: HP.2007.20.667
from the New Mexico Magazine collection
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Celebrate Fall Harvest Festival at Los Luceros Historic Site on September 28th. Free and fun event for all ages!Los Luce...
09/26/2019

Celebrate Fall Harvest Festival at Los Luceros Historic Site on September 28th. Free and fun event for all ages!

Los Luceros, New Mexico

Photographer: H. Sage Goodwin
Date: 1920 - 1930?
Negative Number: 119504
Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Happy Fall Equinox! Joe Herrera with his painting "Symbols of Fall" at the Fine Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New MexicoDate: 1...
09/23/2019

Happy Fall Equinox!

Joe Herrera with his painting "Symbols of Fall" at the Fine Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Date: 1956
Negative Number 016856
Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Group waving from hood of automobile on road trip.Date: circa 1920 - 1930?Negative Number 013516Palace of the Governors ...
09/21/2019

Group waving from hood of automobile on road trip.

Date: circa 1920 - 1930?
Negative Number 013516
Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Note on back reads: "[?]'s new Buick roadster--Dark blue with yellow wheels, Our trip to Great Falls"

09/16/2019

A new exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum entitled Working on the Railroad pays tribute to the people who moved the rail industry throughout New Mexico.

They came from all over and through back-breaking manual labor, they transformed the United States. Between the mid-1820s through the 20th century, the expansion of railroad lines throughout the country impacted millions of American lives.

By the time women were granted the vote in 1920, nearly 100 years ago, one out of every 50 United States citizens was employed by the railroad, many of them Chinese and Irish immigrants.

Opening October 18 and running through a date to be determined in 2021. Working on the Railroad is featured in the Mezzanine Gallery of the History Museum near the Fred Harvey installation.

As part of this year’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing events, we are pleased to offer the lecture More than...
09/12/2019

As part of this year’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing events, we are pleased to offer the lecture More than Footprints: An Archaeological Hike on the Moon. This presentation by Beth Laura O’Leary, Ph.D. is in connection with the ongoing exhibit: “A Walk on the Moon: The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.”

The lecture is Sunday, Sept. 22 from 2-3 p.m. in the auditorium. This is a free event with limited seating.

More information can be found in our Facebook Event at https://www.facebook.com/events/345235369694832.

Hanging chile (ristras) to dry, Chamita, New MexicoCreator: New Mexico State Tourist BureauDate: 1950?Negative Number: 0...
09/11/2019

Hanging chile (ristras) to dry, Chamita, New Mexico

Creator: New Mexico State Tourist Bureau
Date: 1950?
Negative Number: 005181
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

¡Vámonos a la Fiesta! will be on display during Fiesta de Santa Fe, Aug. 30 through Sept. 9. at the New Mexico History M...
09/05/2019

¡Vámonos a la Fiesta! will be on display during Fiesta de Santa Fe, Aug. 30 through Sept. 9. at the New Mexico History Museum, open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

We will be exhibiting vintage fiesta dresses during this year’s annual Fiesta de Santa Fe! Local Santa Fe women, performers, as well as former Fiesta Queens donated many of these dresses as part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Each year since 1712, many Santa Feans have recognized Don Diego de Vargas’ reconquest of the City of Holy Faith that began in 1692. Learn more about Fiestas de Santa Fe at www.santafefiesta.org

Image: T. Harmon Parkhurst, “Women in fiesta costume, Santa Fe, New Mexico,” ca. 1940-1945. Courtesy of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives HP.1974.10.13

Girls in camping party at ranger's cabin in Santa Fe Canyon, New MexicoPhotographer: Jesse NusbaumDate: 1912Negative Num...
09/03/2019

Girls in camping party at ranger's cabin in Santa Fe Canyon, New Mexico

Photographer: Jesse Nusbaum
Date: 1912
Negative Number: 022931
via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives

Don't miss your chance to get a rare look at Palace of the Governors, a historic building, as it undergoes preservation ...
08/29/2019

Don't miss your chance to get a rare look at Palace of the Governors, a historic building, as it undergoes preservation treatment in support of its continued use as a public museum. Beginning on August 30, information about tours will be available at the front desk of the New Mexico History Museum or by calling 505-476-5200.

Rehabilitation of the Palace of the Governors—a National Historic Landmark—is being done to improve protection of the building and its contents, upgrade gallery spaces, and reinforce the building’s historic character. Installation of a fire suppression system and new equipment for heating and air conditioning is approaching completion.

08/22/2019
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Rehabilitation of the Palace of the Governors—a National Historic Landmark—is being done to improve protection of the building and its contents, upgrade gallery spaces, and reinforce the building’s historic character. Installation of a fire suppression system and new equipment for heating and air conditioning is approaching completion.

Find out more about our guided tours coming at the end of August by watching this Palace tour narrative and interview with Billy G. Garrett, Director, NM History Museum at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSqrS3IoAqg&feature=youtu.be.

The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe once housed the governors of New Mexico from the days when New Mexico was under Spanish rule. Since 1908, the buildin...

08/22/2019

¡Vámonos a la Fiesta! will be on display during Fiesta de Santa Fe, Aug. 30 through Sept. 9. at the New Mexico History Museum, open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

We will be exhibiting vintage fiesta dresses during this year’s annual Fiesta de Santa Fe! Local Santa Fe women, performers, as well as former Fiesta Queens donated many of these dresses as part of the museum’s permanent collection.

“Fiesta patrons, fashionistas, and everybody who appreciates vintage clothing will certainly want to check out this selection of the ever-popular fiesta dresses worn by so many in Santa Fe and throughout New Mexico,” said Billy G. Garrett, director of the History Museum.

Images all courtesy of Courtesy of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives:

∙ T. Harmon Parkhurst, “Women in fiesta costume, Santa Fe, New Mexico,” ca. 1940-1945. HP.1974.10.13
∙ Bill Lippincott, “Fiesta Queen and her court in procession, San Felipe de Neri, Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico,” ca. 1945. 008608
∙ T. Harmon Parkhurst, “Women in fiesta costume, Santa Fe, New Mexico,” ca. 1940-1945. HP.1974.10.9
∙ Natt N. Dodge, “Fiesta crowd, San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico,” ca. 1945. 106658

We’ve joined the Educator Appreciation Program which offers a 50% off discount to New Mexico PreK-12 public educators or...
08/20/2019
New Mexico Educator Appreciation Program | Meow Wolf Santa Fe

We’ve joined the Educator Appreciation Program which offers a 50% off discount to New Mexico PreK-12 public educators or administrators August 13, 2019 through August 1, 2020 as a show of our support to New Mexico educators!

Checkout the full list of participating museums below and a big thank you to Meow Wolf for organizing!

—-> https://santafe.meowwolf.com/educators

Discounted admission is for the educator/administrator only, and not to be combined with any other offers.

At Meow Wolf, we recognize the importance of educators, administrators and school staff in our community, and we also recognize that here in New Mexico we have some of the lowest teacher salary rates in the country.

We're thrilled to welcome back the Native Cinema Showcase, presented by Smithsonian's National Museum of the American In...
08/13/2019

We're thrilled to welcome back the Native Cinema Showcase, presented by Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in partnership with SWAIA - Santa Fe Indian Market! Please checkout the offerings and join us for these important films.

August 13th - www.facebook.com/events/2175936389141626
August 14th - www.facebook.com/events/845475939163118
August 15th - www.facebook.com/events/1073202099535200
August 16th - www.facebook.com/events/611639672661960
August 17th - www.facebook.com/events/443229963165383
August 18th - www.facebook.com/events/345748542786196

Adeana Young plays Hlaaya in Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s film “Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife.)”

Beginning this fall, the New Mexico History Museum will offer guided tours of the Palace of the Governors during breaks ...
08/13/2019

Beginning this fall, the New Mexico History Museum will offer guided tours of the Palace of the Governors during breaks in construction activity. The tours will allow a rare look at this historic building as it undergoes preservation treatment in support of its continued use as a public museum.

Beginning on August 30, information about tours will be available at the front desk of the New Mexico History Museum or by calling 505-476-5200.

Exciting news from El Palacio Magazine! First published within a year of New Mexico’s statehood, it has recently become ...
07/29/2019
Rooted In History

Exciting news from El Palacio Magazine! First published within a year of New Mexico’s statehood, it has recently become a digital publication in 2019. The quarterly museum magazine’s new platform will provide readers with broader access and web-friendly, easily shareable content.

You can find, read, and share five years of digital editions within its archives, like this one below, "Rooted in History" about the Palace of the Governors. There is also one-hundred years of searchable PDF’s, dating back to the magazine’s first editions.

We're also pleased to help welcome new editor-in-chief, Charlotte Jusinski. Jusinski joins El Palacio from the Santa Fe Reporter, where she has spent the last three years as copy editor. She has penned SFR’s award-winning "Acting Out" theater review column since 2017, and received a second-place Top of the Rockies award from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for her coverage of a nonprofit that provides aid to Native elders on the Navajo Nation.

As I enter the Palace of the Governors, I often stop at the doorway on the left. It opens onto an austere room—the Office of the Governors—where locally made wooden chairs sit around a table, representing long gone administrations: Spanish, Mexican, Territorial.

We're over the moon!A truck arrived with Mercury Space Capsule 12B and it’s currently on exhibit! It's an unflown backup...
07/16/2019

We're over the moon!

A truck arrived with Mercury Space Capsule 12B and it’s currently on exhibit! It's an unflown backup for the Mercury missions, on loan from the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Can you imagine falling back to earth in this?

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113 Lincoln Ave
Santa Fe, NM
87501

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A 96,000-square-foot addition to the venerable Palace of the Governors (the nation's oldest continuously occupied government building), the New Mexico History Museum sweeps across five centuries of stories that made the American West -- from early Native inhabitants to Spanish colonists, Santa Fe Trail riders, outlaws, the railroad, artists, scientists, hippies and more. Vibrant lectures, hands-on workshops and performances complement the museum experience. Films, computer interactives, artifacts, photos, maps, paintings and more tell the New Mexico story and provide a jumping-off point for your New Mexico adventures.

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