Famous Museums in Santa Fe

The museums in Santa Fe give the very essence of its citizens and rich culture. If you are looking for something deeper and more meaningful, head to the museums in city. Explore the cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical side of Santa Fe with these museums.
We have curated a variety of the best and free museums in city, besides the usual arts or historical ones. Explore and engage yourself with the wonders of science at the museum of science in Santa Fe. Get fascinated by the exceptional stories of heroes at war museums or memorials. You can go wow with your kids at the Natural history museums or enjoy some time at children's museums in Santa Fe.
Check out this list for an entertaining and enlightening trip to the museums in Santa Fe.

Let's explore the finest collection of museums in Santa Fe:

  1. New Mexico History Museum

    4.4 (362 Votes)
    New Mexico History Museum


    The New Mexico History Museum showcases Santa Fe’s history and has a huge collection of artefacts, photos and maps encompassing the history of the Native people, Spanish explorers, outlaws, the railroad, World War II, hippies and modern-day New Mexico. The Museum shares its space with the ‘Palace of Governors’ and is the newest museum in the state! If you love history, a visit...Read more
  2. New Mexico Museum Of Art

    4.5 (321 Votes)
    New Mexico Museum Of Art

    Art Museum, Museum

    The New Mexico Museum of Art offers a rare collection of art work by famous painters and photographers. The museum has a Searchable Art museum with over 20,000 art works from the southwest (majority of them are from New Mexico), a Library and an Archive section (accessible by appointment). The place also has trending exhibitions of prominent art works that represent the evolution of Mexican art...Read more
  3. Wheelwright Museum Of The American Indian


    The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian showcases changing exhibitions which vary from archeological, Native American- Mexican art and artefacts, to fine stone jewelry, portraits, photographs, exquisite textiles, to a series of interpretative art-work. No matter when you visit the museum, you are sure to touch a part of American-Indian history. The museum also sells books and the in-house...Read more
  4. El Rancho De Las Golondrinas

    Museum, History Museum

    The El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a living history museum where you can travel back in time to see a part of New Mexico in the 18th century. Don Juan Bautista de Anza rested here with his force in 1780 and the 200 acre land time-warps to still hold the same ambience of that time. The place has a shop where you can buy locally made products, options for food and a map for self-guided tours!
  5. Oldest House Museum

    4.4 (113 Votes)
    Oldest House Museum


    The The Oldest House is considered to be around 350 years old ( supposed to be built around 1747-1760) and a fine example of Spanish Pueblo architecture. The house is located in the Barrio de Analco Historic District and keeps the essence of 18th century Santa Fe alive. The western part of the house has thick adobe walls (signature to Pueblo architecture), dirt floors, low ceilings and a corner...Read more
  6. Harrell House Natural Oddities


    The Harrell House of Natural Oddities is a museum and science shop where you can see Dinosaurs, Insects, fossils and minerals, buy science kits, books, games and art and jewelry all under one roof! If you are travelling with your tiny tots or simply are a science-lover, you are sure to see something interesting here and a short visit to the store is perfect to leave the museum with a small souv...Read more
  7. New Mexico National Guard Museum

    Museum, War Memorial, Theatre, Specialty Museum

    The New Mexico National Guard Museum has a collection of memorabilia from all the conflicts New Mexico Guardsmen and women have participated in Bataan Death March during World War II and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Highlights Include: The New Mexico Military Institute collection. The Meditation Garden Static Equipment Display with machine guns and missile system for exhibits. Mendenhall ...Read more
  8. Santa Fe National Historic Trail

    Museum, Outdoors, Geological Formation, Trail

    The Santa Fe National Historic Trail crosses Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico and covers a distance of 900 miles. The whole trail has many historical monuments, museums and other attractions surrounding it and many natural geological rock formations, springs and a grove too. If you are looking for a through and through experience of the best of Santa Fe all wrapped-up in one ...Read more
  9. El Museo Cultural De Santa Fe

    Art Gallery, Museum, History Museum, Specialty Shop

    The El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe is a combination of historical museum, art gallery and art-selling shop- all in one and gives you a brief on what is trending in the city’s art and culture life. From crafts, vintage items to folk and contemporary art, the place has it all. If you are in time for a performance or a workshop here, participating in it will be well worth the visit. 
  10. Santa Fe Children's Museum

    4.6 (136 Votes)
    Santa Fe Children's Museum


    The Santa Fe Children's Museum combines learning while having fun and includes hopscotch, mud pies, dinosaurs, face-painting, robots, story-telling, puddle jumping, block-stacking, star-gazing, Legos, stickers and many other activities which will keep your tiny tots entertained. There are special weekly programs at the museum which are perfect to have something new to learn every visit. The Gif...Read more
  11. Museum Of Contemporary Native Arts

    Art And Culture, Museum

    The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts aims to preserve, showcase and make accessible contemporary Native American culture, art and history through skillful presentation, diverse collection and interpretation. Santa Fe’s rich folk art is something intrinsic to New Mexico and to see a contemporary interpretation for its historic art, is inspiring to see. If you want to get familiar with th...Read more
  12. Museum Of Spanish Colonial Art

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Museum

    The Museum of Spanish Colonial Arthas more than 3,000 Spanish colonial art pieces as part of its collection and includes everything from paintings, intricate silver filigree objects, Chinese porcelains, to Spanish and Mexican talavera, silver from Puebla and painted wooden chests from Michoacán. Highlights include: The Beltrán-Kropp Collection of Peruvian Colonial Art The Delgado...Read more
  13. Museum Of International Folk Art


    The Museum of International Folk Art has a collection of around 13,000 folk art artefacts from over 100 countries. A walk here is perfect if you love art and want to see just how beautiful folk, indigenous and tribal art can be. Highlights include: Lloyd Cotsen’s Neutrogena Collection consisting of 2500 textiles and other objects. Indonesian shadow puppets (wayang kulit) Flamenco dress a...Read more
  14. Poeh Cultural Center Museum

    Art And Culture, Museum, Exhibition , Workshop

    The Poeh Museum preserves the heritage, culture and traditions of the Pueblo of Pojoaque and conducts workshops and classes to keep its arts and history alive in modern times. The aim of the center is to teach and educate the young generation their native language, traditional song and dance and material culture while still maintaining an interactive relationship with visitors and locals. Highl...Read more
  15. Museum Of Indian Arts And Culture


    The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture’s extensive and ever-changing exhibitions give a rare peak into the history, art, stories, culture and languages of the natives of the South West. From archeological artefacts, potteries to existing art and culture, the museum gives you an intimate introduction to the native life. Highlights include: Guided tour of the museum. Trending exhibitions ...Read more