New Mexico History Museum

The New Mexico History Museum is a history museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is part of the state-run Museum of New Mexico system operated by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.[1] Opened in 2009, the museum houses 96,000 square feet (8,900 m2) of permanent and rotating exhibits covering the history of New Mexico from ancient Native American cultures to the present.[2]

New Mexico History Museum
Museum entrance
Location113 Lincoln Ave.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Coordinates35°41′18″N 105°56′17″W / 35.6883°N 105.938°W / 35.6883; -105.938
TypeHistory museum

The museum was built after the Museum of New Mexico's collection of historic artifacts had outgrown its previous home at the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors.[3] The new $44 million museum opened to the public on May 24, 2009, receiving more than 10,000 visitors on its first day.[4] It holds around 20,000 artifacts.[5]


In addition to the main building, the museum campus includes the following facilities:


  1. ^ "Museums and Historic Sites". Museum of New Mexico. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "The New Mexico History Museum Campus" (PDF). New Mexico History Museum. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  3. ^ Brander, Sean (May 20, 2009). "New Mexico History Museum: Out of the Past". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved November 9, 2017 – via
  4. ^ Parker, Phil (May 25, 2009). "History museum opens its doors". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved November 9, 2017 – via
  5. ^ Roberts, Kathaleen (May 17, 2009). "New Mexico's many voices". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved November 9, 2017 – via