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Welcome to the Palace of the Governors!

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.



Hours & Admission:

Hours 10 am to 5 pm daily, Memorial Day through October; closed Mondays rest of year.
Open for free 5 to 8 pm Fridays, May through October, and first Friday of the month, November through April.

  • School groups FREE
  • All NM residents FREE on Sundays with ID
  • NM senior citizens age 60+ FREE on Wednesdays
  • Children 16 and under always FREE
  • Museum of New Mexico Foundation Members FREE
  • Friday evenings 5-8 pm FREE
  • Students with current ID $1 discount
  • Single visit to one museum: NM residents $6, non-residents $9
  • Group rate for 10 or more people: single visit $6
    Contact Rene Harris at (505) 476-5087 to make a group reservation. Group reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance.
Museum Tours:
  • Free Docent Tours are available daily.
    To confirm schedule, call the museum's front desk at (505) 476-5100.
  • Self-guided visits to the Palace of the Governors and/or New Mexico History Museum are available daily. There also may be special self-guided activities. Please ask the front desk when you arrive. To schedule a self-guided tour please call (505) 476-5087 or email rene.harris@state.nm.us.
Downtown Walking Tours:
  • Meet at the Blue Gate on Lincoln Ave.
    Monday-Saturday, 10:15am-noon
    April through October
    $10
News from the Palace

Tresures of Devotion
Treasures of Devotion/Tesoros de Devoción
Contains bultos, retablos, and crucifijos, dating from the late 1700s to 1900, demonstrating how European traditions and iconography combined with new palettes, different styles, and regional designs to transform New Mexican santo making into a unique artform.
on long-term display

Jul 28, 2014
The Life and Misfortunes of Tom Horn
A Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture

Jul 30, 2014
World War I and New Mexico
A special noon lecture and remembrance

Jul 31, 2014
Journey to Places of Devotion with the Palace Guard
A Painting the Divine event

Aug 1, 2014
Historical Downtown Walking Tours

Aug 1, 2014
Print to Painting in New Spain
A Free First Friday Gallery Talk

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