Santa Fe

United States


New Mexico
Phone: 505 4761141
Website: http://palaceofthegoverno

Palace Of The Governors

Welcome to the Palace of the Governors!

Originally constructed in the early 17th century as Spain's seat of government for what is today the American Southwest, the Palace of the Governors chronicles the history of Santa Fe, as well as New Mexico and the region. This adobe structure, now the state's history museum, was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1960 and an American Treasure in 1999

 Permanent Collection Highlights (6)

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Permanent Collection


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 b...+ [ Read all ]


Exhibitions at the Palace of the Governors present important events, ideas, and themes in New Mexico's past, interpreting objects from our collections that reflect the Spanish colonial, Mexican, U.S. Territorial, and statehood periods of the state's history.


$6 for New Mexico residents/$8 for non-residents, for one museum
$18 for a Museum Pass good for 4 days of unlimited visits to 5 museums
$12 for a one day pass for two museums - a combination of either Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture or Palace of the Governors and Museum of Fine Arts

Opening hours

Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm
Free on Sundays for New Mexico residents with ID
Free on Wednesdays for New Mexico Senior Citizens (age 60+ with ID)
Free to Museum Members and children 16 and under
Free Friday Evenings, 5-8pm
For group rate, please call 505.476.1140

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News and events

Jack Kerouac and the Writer's Life
View the original On the Road manuscript and experience Jack Kerouac’s defining novel of the Beat generation. The 120-foot scroll celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year, criss-crossing the country and re-igniting the spirit of those who know it and inspiring future generations.
Through Monday, May 28, 2007

Spanish Colonial Art History Lecture Series
In conjunction with the University of New Mexico Art Museum’s exhibition, Body and Soul: Ibero-American Colonial Art in Context

"Spectacles of Power: The Viceroy/Dukes of Alburquerque and the Virgin of Guadalupe," by Jeanette F. Peterson, Ph.D. Friday, April 27, 2007, 6:30–7:30 P.M.

At the Museum of International Folk Art Auditorium, 706 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill in Santa Fe.

Día de Los Niños/Día de Los Libros
Free events for children and families. A poetry show, Velvet Rope Readings, poetry slam and more. In the Courtyard. Free. Download a Statewide Calendar of Día de los Niños events or call 476-5044 for more information.
Saturday April 28, 10:30 AM–4:00 PM.

Kerouac Writers Series
Writer and syndicated columnist Jose de la Isla will discuss his research on the Beat Generation in 1950s Mexico City.
Sunday, April 29, 2:00 PM

Information for volunteers: Volunteering can involve a wide range of interests, from conducting tours, to raising needed funds, to working in the Museum Shop or providing administrative help to staff. Call to discuss your special skills. You'll be glad you did!


The Palace conducts a number of educational programs, from escorted school groups to regularly scheduled museum tours to walking tours of downtown Santa Fe. During September of each year, the Palace Press works with other city organizations to host the annual "Book Arts Bonanza," a celebration of the art of the book. A wintertime lecture series brings history alive with a sometimes-serious, sometimes-humorous take on New Mexico and the Southwest.

Teachers have available a wide variety of resources and curricula for classroom use by logging on to the Museum of New Mexico's Statewide Programs and Education web site.

For educational program inquiries contact:
Erica García, 505-476-5109 or


Your Museum of New Mexico membership includes not only the Palace of the Governors, but three other Santa Fe museums and five historical monuments across the state. Want to know more? Go To:

Join our friends group, the Palace Guard, and enjoy educational and social events throughout the year. As a member, your support helps the Palace of the Governors achieve its goals of collecting, preserving and interpreting historic materials of New Mexico and the Southwest.

For details and a schedule of activities that might include tours of historical New Mexico, a curator's choice evening, or sneak previews of upcoming exhibitions, log on to the Museum Foundation web site at: