Santa Fe, New Mexico Attractions & Things To DoExplore one of the most vibrant cultural capitals in the United States. Santa Fe, New Mexico is renowned for not only its thriving art and culture scene, but also its historic architecture and scenic landscape. Visitors of this bustling Southwest city can explore all the exciting Santa Fe attractions and things to do. Discover an abundance of art galleries and museums, shop outdoor craft markets at the historic Santa Fe Plaza, or enjoy a relaxing spa retreat at Ten Thousand Waves Spa. A city walking tour is the perfect way to explore the historic sites that give insight into Spanish colonial life in Santa Fe.
Chimayo, New Mexico -Discover Northern New Mexico heritage in Chimayo. Located only 30 minutes north of Santa Fe, Chimayo was once the site of a thriving Spanish agricultural community first settled in the 17th century. Adobe churches, art galleries, weaving shops and quaint restaurants fill this small community nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Historic Santa Fe Plaza -Situated in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, discover 400 years of history and heritage at the historic Plaza. This charming town square features historic architecture and boasts a myriad of shops, boutiques and world-class restaurants. The Santa Fe Plaza is the site of community events, festivals and concerts, as well as the Traditional Spanish Market and Indian Market offering handcrafted jewelry, art, textiles and more. See More About Historic Santa Fe Plaza Here.
Hotel Chimayo offers all Heritage Hotels & Resorts guests exclusive free walking tours of Historic Santa Fe Plaza every Saturday at 10am (May-October). For details see our Services page.
Palace of the Governors -Discover the oldest public building in the United States. Located along the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the Palace of the Governors was once the site of Spain's seat of government. Tour this National Historic Landmark featuring a collection of paintings, state seal stamped pieces, armory and silverware. The Palace of the Governors was built in the 17th century in a restored adobe structure. For more information, visit www.palaceofthegovernors.org.
The Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts -The Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts is a step in to the past. It is the only museum in the country focused on the Spanish colonial period including Hispanic New Mexico offering a rare glimpse in to the history of the culture in amazing detail.
On display in the museum is a wide range of original art works from local modern day Hispanic artists who continue to create the old world colonial art forms, and historic art from former Spanish colonies from around the globe. The incredible detail of the museum transports visitors 400 years into the past and show visitors the arrival and evolution of Spanish Colonials in New Mexico. The museum has displays for every age group and they keep the exhibits fresh and updated regularly ensuring a sense of discovery in every visit. Group tours are available and can be given in English or Spanish. For more information about the Spanish Colonial Arts Museum visit The Spanish Colonial Arts Society
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum -The life and works of American painter, and former Northern New Mexico resident, Georgia O'Keeffe, come to life at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Discover a collection of 3,000 works, including 1,000 paintings done by this renowned pioneer of American Modernism. View her famed flower blossom paintings, as well as well-known landscape and cityscape works. Adult and youth education programs are also offered. For more information, visit www.okeeffemuseum.org.
New Mexico Museum of Art -Founded in 1917, the New Mexico Museum of Art is dedicated to showcasing a renowned art collection that spans the globe. The museum is located one block from the historic Plaza in Santa Fe, and offers a collection of over 20,000 paintings, photographs and new media installations. Before entering the museum, admire its creative adobe architectural design. For more information, visit www.nmartmuseum.org.
Santa Fe Opera -Experience the world-class musical performances of the Santa Fe Opera. Performing arts enthusiasts will enjoy impressive productions like Griselda, Wozzeck and The Last Savage. Shows are held at the Crosby Theatre, a gorgeous 480-seat open-air venue built in 1967. For more information, visit www.santafeopera.org.
New Mexico History Museum -The New Mexico History Museum is located in the historic Plaza and first opened its doors in 2009. Fascinating exhibits span the history of Santa Fe, from pre-Colonial times, to Spanish colonization, to the Mexican Period. The New Mexico History Museum also encompasses the Palace of the Governors and The Palace Press. For more information, visit nmhistorymuseum.org.
St. Francis Cathedral Basilica -Built on the site of a historic adobe chapel, St. Francis Cathedral is a Santa Fe architectural landmark. The Roman Catholic church was constructed between 1868 and 1887 and features the oldest statue of the Virgin Mary imported from Spain in 1625. For more information, visit cbsfa.org.
Canyon Road Art Galleries -With over 230 art galleries and studios, Canyon Road is the destination for collectors and art enthusiasts alike. Charming adobe buildings house specialty art retailers and boutiques teeming with works by Native American and local New Mexico artists. Handcrafted jewelry, furnishings, photography and glasswork are the perfect accents for your home. See More About Canyon Road Art Galleries Here.
Santa Fe Museum Hill -Santa Fe, New Mexico is renowned for its rich art and cultural heritage. Museum Hill cultural institutions include the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Spend the day viewing exhibits related to New Mexico's colonial past. Afterwards enjoy browsing the museum stores or grabbing a tasty bite to eat at one of the nearby restaurants. For more information, visit www.museumhill.org.
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