Santa Fe

United States

107 West Palace Avenue

Phone: 505 476 5072

Museum Of Fine Arts, Museum Of New Mexico

The Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1917 as the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico. Housed in a spectacular Pueblo Revival building designed by I. H. and William M. Rapp, it was based on their New Mexico building at the Panama-California Exposition (1915). The museum's architecture inaugurated what has come to be known as "Santa Fe Style."

The building combines aspects of several Southwestern regional styles including elements of the facades of the Spanish mission churches of Acoma, Laguna and San Felipe Pueblos.

For more than eighty-five years the Museum has collected and exhibited work by artists from New Mexico and elsewhere.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (7)

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Permanent Collection

When the Museum of Fine Arts opened its doors in 1917, it was also a collecting institution. The earliest donations of works to the Museum of New Mexico include paintings by artists who were active in the early days of the Taos and Santa Fe art communities.

Today, the Museum of Fine Arts' holdings number more than 23,000 objects, focusing on the areas of photography and works on paper; paintings, sculpture and furniture from the 20th century; and contemporary art. There is particular emphasis on work produced in or related to New Mexico.
Joel-Peter Witkin, Las Meninas (Self-Portrait), 1987, Toned gelatin silver photograph, 14.5 x 14.75 in., Museum purchase

Highlights of the collection include:

Ansel Adams
Jozef Bakos
Gustave Baumann
T.C. Cannon
Paul Caponigro
Gerald Cassidy
Andrew Dasburg
Richard Diebenkorn
Rick Dillingham
Laura Gilpin
Betty Hahn
Frederick Hammersley
Marsden Hartley
Robert Henri
Luis Jimenez

William Lumpkins
Agnes Martin
Jesús Moroles
Bruce Nauman
Beaumont Newhall
Georgia O'Keeffe
Sheldon Parsons
Florence Pierce
Eliot Porter
Meridel Rubinstein
Fritz Scholder
Joseph Henry Sharp
Alfred Stieglitz
Paul Strand
Joel-Peter Witkin

The Museum of Fine Arts' collection is always growing, through purchases and generous gifts from artists and collectors.


Georgia O'Keeffe's Legacy in New Mexico
Feb 17, 2006 - Sep 09, 2007

Gustave Baumann: A Santa Fe Legend
Feb 17, 2006 - Sep 09, 2007

The Art and Artifice of Science
Feb 09, 2007 - May 20, 2007

Previous Exhibitions

Mergers and Acquisitions
Sep 15, 2006 - Feb 25, 2007

Dec 15, 2006 - Feb 11, 2007

Collecting Modernism:
European Modernism from the Munson Williams-Proctor Art Museum
Sep 29, 2006 - Jan 07, 2007

Frederico Vigil's Dichos
Jun 23, 2006 - Sep 17, 2006

Exhibitions (3)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

How the West is One
The Art of New Mexico
Apr 20, 2007 - Apr 20, 2010

Flight of Fancy
May 18, 2007 - Sep 19, 2007

atura Morta:
Still-Life Paintings
and the Medici Collections
Jun 08, 2007 - Aug 05, 2007

Excavating Egypt
Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum
of Egyptian Archeology
Aug 31, 2007 - Jan 06, 2008

Ancient Bronzes of the Asian Grasslands
from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
Sep 28, 2007 - Jan 06, 2008


* $6 for New Mexico residents / $8 for non-residents
* $18 for a Museum Pass good for 4 days of unlimited visits to
o Museum of Fine Arts
o Palace of the Governors
o Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
o Museum of International Folk Art and
o Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
* $12 for a one day pass for two museums � a combination of either:
o Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
o Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of the Governors
* Free on Sundays for New Mexico residents with ID
* Free on Wednesday for New Mexico Senior Citizens (age 60+ with ID)
* Free to Museum Members and children 11 and under
* Free Friday Evenings, 5-8pm
* For group rate, please call 505-476-1140

Opening hours

Tuesday through Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Open Free Friday Evenings 5 - 8pm
Closed Mondays

Getting there

Located on the northwest corner of the historic Plaza.

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News and events

Friday, April 20, 2007
The Art of New Mexico: How the West is One, a new look at the Museum of Fine Arts' permanent collection.
For more information: 476-5059


There is no charge for school group visits to the museum (including all chaperones).


The Museum of Fine Arts welcomes children of all ages. Children under 16 are admitted without charge.


To become a member of the Museum of Fine Arts you must join the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

Membership Benefits

* Free Admission for a full year to the Museum of Fine Arts as well as the following other units of the Museum of New Mexico:
o Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology
o Museum of International Folk Art
o Palace of the Governors
o New Mexico State Monuments (Jémez, Coronado, Fort Selden, Fort Sumner, Lincoln and El Camino Real)
o The Governor’s Gallery
o Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts
* Advance notice of exhibits and museum events
* Subscription to El Palacio, the oldest museum magazine in the nation, including member news and quarterly calendar of events
* 10% discount in our museum shops and at the Museum Hill Caf� (for parties of 4 or less)
* Invitations to members-only events, our Spring and Fall shop sales and receptions for new members
* Discounts on museum lectures, programs, classes and more
Various levels of membership exist.

Venue hire

Saint Francis Auditorium serves as one of Santa Fe's premier performance halls. It seats 450 people and is a perfect venue for events from weddings to concerts to lectures. The McNary pipe organ stands ready to issue majestic tones amid the series of murals depicting Saint Francis of Assisi.

Imagine the possibilities...

* Enchanting wedding
* Cocktail reception in a courtyard garden full of flowers
* Awards ceremony in a stately boardroom
* Luncheon in the sculpture garden

Fees vary according to the space utilized, the duration of the event and type of event. Additional costs include security guards, clean up or other charges. Rental fees range from $200 to $2,000.