Permanent Collection - Palace of the Governors


Exhibits, collections and archives at the Palace of the Governors reflect the Spanish colonial (1540-1821), Mexican (1821-1846), U.S. Territorial (1846-1912) and statehood (1912-present) periods of History. The collection consists of more than 15,000 catalogued objects, many of which were donated to the Museum of New Mexico in the 1970's by the Historical Society of New Mexico.

Collection Highlights

Segesser Hide Paintings
These are the first known depictions of Spanish colonial life in the United States and illustrate the ambush in present-day Nebraska of a 1720 expedition led by the Lt. Governor of New Mexico. Detail, Segesser II, presidial soldiers surrounded by the enemy, bison hide, c. 1720-1750.
State Seal
Made from assorted pieces of hardware, such as spoons, quills and tacks, this seal was made by the Shapleigh Hardware Company of Missouri to commemorate New Mexico's entrance into the Union, 1912.
Silver Service
This 56-piece service was made by Tiffany and Company in 1918 and presented to crew of the U.S.S. New Mexico by the people of New Mexico.
"Pancho" Villa Clock
This clock hung in the railway station in Columbus, New Mexico. In the early moments of the Villa raid, the clock took a bullet through its face, which cut the pendulum and stopped at 4:11am, C.1916.
19th Century Desk
Made by the Wooten Desk Manufacturing Company in Indianapolis, this office-in-a-desk belonged to Charles Ilfeld, a prominent Jewish merchant who lived in Las Vegas, New Mexico in the late 19th century.
This 16th century Morion helmet with religious depiction was found in a New Mexico location known to have been traveled by Spanish soldiers under Governor Juan de Oñate.

Collection Highlights:
Historical Society of New Mexico
Santa Fe Trail
Civil War in New Mexico
Spanish American War
Rough Riders
World War I
Don Diego de Vargas
Juan de Onate
Manuel Armijo
Miguel Otero
Christopher "Kit" Carson
Eugenie Shonnard
Lew Wallace
Elliott Barker
Josefita Manderfield
D.H. Lawrence
Adolph Bandelier
Francisco "Pancho" Villa
Carrie Tingley
Edgar Lee Hewett
Jesse Nusbaum
General Stephen Watts Kearney
Central America
American Southwest

Current Exhibitions
The Palace of the Governors
A monumental adobe structure that housed the residence and offices of governors from its construction ca. 1609 until it became the state history museum in 1909. Visit the museum to learn about 400 years of life in New Mexico in exhibitions and period rooms.
Permanent exhibition

The Palace Press
An award winning working exhibit of 19th and 20th century printing equipment and techniques. Still used to create unique hand-crafted books, cards, and other book arts.
Permanent exhibition

Art of Ancient America, 1500 b.c. - a.d. 1500
A spectacular show of pre-European contact Middle American and Andean objects.
Permanent exhibition

Portal Native American Artisans Program
A daily, regulated market where New Mexico Pueblo, Navajo and Apache artisans display and sell their handmade jewelry, pottery and crafts under the Portal of the Palace.

Segesser Hide Paintings
Two magnificent 18th century Spanish Colonial paintings on tanned hides, representing a rare example of the earliest known depictions of colonial life and contact between Santa Fe presidial soldiers and Plains Indians.
Permanent exhibition

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