New Mexico Museum of Art

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Ancestral Spirits, 1919 Oil On Canvas 28 X 24 In © New Mexico Museum of Art
© New Mexico Museum of Art
Holy Week in New Mexico, 1919 Oil On Panel 36x46 In © New Mexico Museum of Art
Dance at Taos, 1923 Oil On Canvas 27 X 30 In © New Mexico Museum of Art
Que Bono?, c. 1911 Oil On Canvas 104 X 58 © New Mexico Museum of Art
Suspension, 1935 Oil On Canvas 50 X 44 © New Mexico Museum of Art
Scissors, 1989 Oil On Linen Cloth 14 X 11 In © New Mexico Museum of Art
Washington Landscape with Peace Medal Indian, 1976 Acrylic On Canvas 50 X 46 © New Mexico Museum of Art
New Mexico Museum of Art
107 West Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM
Venue Type: Museum
Representing Artists
John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Sloan
Open hours
Tue-Sun 10-5; Fri 10-8; Summer - also open Mon 10-5
(505) 476-5072
Other phone
505) 476-5059
$6/New Mexico residents (Sundays free for NM residents) $9/non-residents Children 16 and under are always free

The New Mexico Museum of Art is a unit of the Museum of New Mexico, which also includes the Museum of International Folk Art, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Palace of the Governors, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.

The New Mexico Museum of Art building dates only to 1917, but its architects looked to the past, and based the design on the 300 year-old mission churches at Acoma and other pueblos.

It shares the graceful simplicity of pueblo architecture and the sense of being created from the earth. In turn, the building established the Pueblo Spanish Revival style of architecture, for which Santa Fe is known.

It was built to become the art gallery of the Museum of New Mexico, which had been founded in 1909 by archaeologist Edgar Lee Hewett. He had begun holding art shows in the historic Palace of the Governors, then realized that an art gallery would be needed to effectively promote art throughout the region.

The architects, Rapp and Rapp, had built the wildly successful New Mexico pavilion for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in San Diego. They enlarged and modified that design and proposed it for the new art gallery. The Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico opened in 1917, and many of the works that were exhibited at the opening remain in the collection today.

The early Art Gallery’s “open door” policy encouraged artists working in New Mexico to exhibit their work, since Santa Fe’s commercial gallery network was years away. That welcome, mixed with the excitement about New Mexico that was generated by the tourism industry, enticed artists with formal training from other parts of the country. The resulting blending and cross-influences of Native American, Hispanic, and European-based cultures created a unique body of work that is the basis of the New Mexico Museum of Art collection.

The museum changed its name over the years, as it grew and redefined its mission. The current name, The New Mexico Museum of Art, was adopted in 2007 to reflect the breadth of New Mexico art.  Its previous name, "The Museum of Fine Arts" had been adopted in 1962.

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