"New Mexico" and "art" go together like, well, any two things that go very, very well together. This painfully photogenic state has inspired artists for centuries, so assembling a representative regional collection is no small task. This museum, formerly the Museum of Fine Arts (and one of four that make up the Museum of New Mexico), does an admirable job with its 20,000-piece permanent collection. Visitors here find drawings, paintings, photographs, furniture, prints, and sculpture by the usual suspects—Georgia O'Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Ernest Blumenschein—and many others, including Francisco de Goya, Gustave Baumann, and artists commissioned during the New Deal. Rotating exhibits change from month to month. The 1917 building itself is a work of art, one of the oldest Pueblo Revival structures in the city, featuring a wonderfully peaceful inner courtyard with flowers, WPA murals, sculpture, and flowing water. This is a nice place to easily pass an hour or two.
Santa Fe› Attraction
New Mexico Museum of Art
107 W. Palace Ave.
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Hours Tues–Sun 10am–5pm, until 8pm first Fri of the month, also Mon 10am–5pm and Fri 10am-8pm late May–early Oct Phone 505/476-5068 Prices Admission $9, one-day pass to two state museums $15, four-day pass to all four state museums $20, free Fri 5–8pm May–Oct, and first Fri of the month Nov–Apr Web site New Mexico Museum of Art
Map107 W. Palace Ave. Santa Fe
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