Chimayo is a quaint and relatively quiet village nestled within the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. While our location is not as large as other cities like Santa Fe, many travelers would be surprised to learn that Chimayo is one of the most historic locations in New Mexico! Visitors come to Chimayo to see the famous El Santuario de Chimayo, find authentic weaved blankets, and visit the Chimayo Museum! The museum is dedicated to educating the public about the rich history of Chimayo through their collection of artifacts, special events, and a community preservation association. Whether you have a deep appreciation for Southwestern history and culture or just looking for something fun to add to your itinerary, you can’t go wrong with the Chimayo Museum!
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Brief History of the Chimayo Museum
Located in the Plaza del Cerro, the old home that hosts the museum was built during the 19th-century. It was occupied by the world-renowned Ortega family of Chimayo weavers. They raised 14 children in the home before passing it down from generation to generation. In the 1960’s, David Ortega had his family’s ancestral home remodeled. However, he ensured the original whitewashed mud walls, ceiling beams, and hardened mud floors retained their traditional charm. Today, the home tells the story of Chimayo through exhibits and several pieces from the past and present.
What to Expect at the Chimayo Museum
In addition to the old Ortega home, the museum boasts plenty of interesting artifacts, photographs from the 20th century, and generously donated items. New exhibits are displayed periodically, so there will be something new to see each time you visit. However, these fascinating relics are just the beginning! It is also a venue for historians, genealogists, storytellers, poets, musicians, dancers, and community advocates. Many young students come to the museum to learn from these professionals and understand more about Southwestern traditions.
The Chimayo Cultural Preservation Association
In the 1990’s, the Chimayo Cultural Preservation Association was created by local residents who deeply believed in the protection of Chimayo’s cultural legacy. The non-profit corporation was officially recognized in 1995 with the mission to promote historical research about Chimayo. They also pledge to preserve historic buildings, heritage, historic records, and maintain the Chimayo Museum. With the increased community awareness of historical history that this organization fosters, present and future generations of Chaimayosos can use this knowledge to gain strength and wisdom.
Take a peek at the Chimayo’s Cultural Preservation Association’s programs:
Immerse in the History and Charm of Chimayo With Casa Escondida
Located in the heart of the historic village, our cozy bed & breakfast inn is the perfect getaway for travelers seeking pure relaxation and seclusion. We are nestled on six acres of stunning land with breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains. In addition to our pristine location, guests will also enjoy traditionally decorated guest rooms, modern amenities, a delicious hot breakfast, and access to exclusive vacation packages. If you’re ready for the getaway of a lifetime, book your favorite room at Casa Escondida today! We look forward to welcoming you to Chimayo soon.
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