Don’t let a little rain ruin your holiday! In fact, there are many wonderful things to see and do in Santa Fe on the rainiest of days. If the weather dampens your outdoor plans, head into town and make an excursion out of visiting the many Santa Fe museums! From art, history, and culture, there are so many fascinating exhibits to discover and even more to learn from them. Since visiting every museum in Santa Fe is nearly impossible in one day, here is a brief list of just some of our guests’ favorites that are considered an absolute must during your stay!
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4 Santa Fe Museums to Visit on a Rainy Day
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through contemporary art, public lectures, and educational programs, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture tells the stories of Southwest natives. They welcome more than 65,000 visitors through their doors every year, making it one of the most popular Santa Fe museums. During your visit, you will browse through broad collections of New Mexican pottery, archaeology, photography, and more!
Museum of International Folk Art
As Santa Fe’s favorite gallery, the Museum of International Folk Art is home to more than 150,000 artifacts from all over the world! The goal of this museum is to foster an understanding of the traditional arts and to illuminate human creativity in hopes of shaping a more humane world. Discover incredible works of art that represent a multitude of global cultures including Asian, European, Caribbean, and Hispanic.
New Mexico History Museum
As soon as you step inside the New Mexico History Museum, you’ll feel as if you have been transported through time! The Palace of Governors, the former home for the Spanish government, is a very popular attraction here. Visitors also love to see the printing press brought to New Mexico during the 19th century, the extensive historic photo archives, and the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library.
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
As the oldest non-profit and independent museum in New Mexico, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian is truly a must! Their exhibitions feature a wide variety of interesting items including pictorial textiles, Southwestern jewelry, and native art. They originate every exhibit to bring you new research, fresh perspectives, and lively visual expression.
Consider a New Mexico Culture Pass
If you’re planning on visiting multiple museums during your visit, you will benefit from a Santa Fe museums pass known as the Culture Pass. This ticket permits visits to several museums in Santa Fe, many of which were listed above. That way, you can enjoy more New Mexican culture and art for less! It’s an investment that is well worth the cost to history buffs, art appreciators, and all vacationers!
Experience the Santa Fe Museums and More New Mexican Culture During Your Stay With Casa Escondida
The Southwest thrives from its lively lifestyle, and you’ll find this colorful culture in each guestroom of Casa Escondida. Located in historic Chimayo, our bed and breakfast is the perfect getaway for those who wish to enjoy a peaceful vacation just minutes from all the fun there is to discover in the local towns. Enjoy a traditional New Mexican breakfast each morning before venturing into the American Southwest for the getaway experience of a lifetime! Book your stay with us today or browse our collection of packages and specials that will enhance your visit to Chimayo.
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