New Mexico Museum of Art

#12 in Best Things To Do in Santa Fe
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Key Info

107 W. Palace Ave.

Price & Hours

$12 for adults; free for kids 16 and younger
Hours vary seasonally, see website for details


Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The oldest art museum in the state, the New Mexico Museum of Art is set in a traditional adobe building and home to more than 20,000 pieces of art hailing from the Southwest. Pieces range from drawings, paintings and photographs to more unique displays like prints, textiles and quirky installations. The museum has a permanent collection and welcomes rotating exhibits; exhibits have included things like "Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar," which probes into all aspects of the instrument, and "Colors of the Southwest," which showcased vibrantly colorful and iconic watercolors, photographs and ceramics.

Recent visitors said the museum is surprising and worth checking out, adding that taking a tour is a great way to learn about the collections (tours, which are included with the cost of admission, are offered daily at 2 p.m.). Many museumgoers loved the rotating exhibitions and said they often return to see what new pieces are on display.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (From May to October, it's open on Mondays as well and operates the same hours.) Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for New Mexico residents (it's free to youths ages 16 and younger), but if you're planning to visit a few state museums and historic sites (like the Museum of International Folk Art and the New Mexico History Museum) you may want to consider the $30 CulturePass that covers admission to all three sites and more. You can also visit on the first Friday of the month from 5 to 7 p.m.. You'll find the museum just off the Santa Fe Plaza, across the street from the Palace of the Governors. To read about current exhibits and learn more, visit the museum's website.