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Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, ca 1926.

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Historical Museum Guide for New Mexico

A directory of Historical Museums in New Mexico, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to New Mexico?  A visit to these New Mexico history museums and historical societies will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visit a historical museum and gain insight into the history of your New Mexico ancestors and the way they lived.

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New History Mexico Museums

Bernalillo County Museums

Albuquerque Balloon Museum

The museum is focused on the history of hot air and gas balloon flight.  Located at 9201 Balloon Museum Drive, NE in Albuquerque, NM.

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

[Old Town Photo Archives]

The museum offers exhibits focused on the history of Albuquerque, and holds a collection of art by local and regional artists.  Located at 2000 Mountain Road NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

American International Rattlesnake Museum

Exhibits about all snakes but the primary focus is on the American rattlesnakes.  Located at 202 San Felipe NW, Suite A in Albuquerque, NM.

Ernie Pyle House / Library

Ernie Pyle House / Library on Facebook

The former home of reporter Ernie Pyle, is a branch library.  A monument to Ernie Pyle along with some memorabilia are on exhibit.  Located at 900 Grand Blvd. SE in Albuquerque, NM.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

[19 Pueblos of NM]

Pueblo Indian history and native artifacts are featured in the exhibits.  An extensive photo collection depicts Pueblo Indian life between 1880 and 1910.  The Pueblo Archives and Research Library contains many photos, and documents related to Pueblo Indian studies.  Located at 2401 12th Street NW in Albuquerque, NM.

Maxwell Museum of Antrhopology

The Maxwell Museum is one of the nation's finest anthropology museums featuring exhibits and programs related to cultures around teh world.  Special emphasis is on the cultural heritage and prehistoric history of the Southwest.  Located east of University Blvd. at MSC01 1050, 1 University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.

Meteorite Museum

[Photo Gallery]

The highlight of the museum is a one-ton piece of the stony meteorite that fell in Kansas in 1948.  Displays show how scientists learn about asteroids, comets, the moon and Mars by studying samples that have fallen to Earth from space.  Located in Northrop Hall on the Main Campus of the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, NM.

Museum of Turquoise

Visitors will learn about turquoise, the mines and it's rich history.  Located at the NW corner of Central Ave NW and Rio Grande Blvd near Old Town in Albuquerque, NM.

National Hispanic Cultural Center

Focused on the preservation, promotion and advancement of the Hispanic culture, arts and humanities, the museum features exhibits of art and culture of the Hispanic culture through the world.  Located on the banks of the Rio Grande River in the historic Albuquerque neighborhood of Barelas at 1701 4th Street SW in Albuquerque, NM.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is an intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from early conception, the Manhattan Project and the Cold War, to today's peaceful uses of nuclear technology.  Permanent displays and changing special exhibits highlight the past, present, and future of all that is nuclear science and history.  Tours of the Trinity Site at White Sands Missile Range (where the first atomic bomb was exploded) are available here.  Located at 601 Eubank SE in Albuquerque, NM.

National Hispanic Cultural Center

New Mexico Holocaust & Intolerance Museum

Combatting hate and intolerance and promoting understanding through education in the effort to make sure it never happens again.  Located at 616 Central Avenue SW in Albuquerque, NM.

New Mexico Veterans' Memorial

The memorial honors veterans from the past and those who currently serve our country.  The New Mexico Veterans' Memorial features sculptures, a museum and a meeting space to celebrate our loved ones who have sacrificed to make our country and the world a better place.  Located at 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE in Albuquerque, NM.

Petroglyph National Monument

[History and Culture]

This national treasure contains over 20,000 petroglyphs (hand carved images) created by Pueblo Indians, their ancestors and Spanish settlers.  These petroglyphs are scattered along a 17 mile escarpment.  Archaeologists have dated some of the petroglyphs as far back as 2000 BC.  Start your visit at the Las Imagenes Visitor Center located on the NW side of Albuquerque, NM at the junction of Unser Boulevard and Western Trail NW.

The Telephone Museum of New Mexico

Housed inside a 1906 building, the museum features 3 floors of communication equipment and history.  Located at 110 Fourth Street NW in Albuquerque, NM.

Tinkertown Museum

The museum started with miniature wood-carved figures along with over 50,000 glass bottles, wagon wheels, wacky western memorabilia and a miniature western town with animated circus performers.  There are various other interesting curiosities throughout the 22 room museum.  Located at 121 Sandia Crest Road in Sandia Park, NM.

Unser Racing Museum

Honoring the racing accomplishments of the Al Unser family.  Located at the Unser Discovery Campus at 1776 Montano Road NW in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM.


Chaves County Museums McBride Museum

[Virtual Tour]

The museum features displays related to the history of the New Mexico Military Institute.  The museum is housed inside the 1918 Luna Natatorium which held the first indoor swimming pool west of the Mississippi River.  Located at The New Mexico Military Institute at 101 W. College Blvd. in Roswell, NM.

Roswell Historic District Tour

Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico Museum

Housed inside a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home, the museum features antique furnishings and local history displays.  The house is available for weddings and event rentals.  The Archives holds historical documents, manuscripts, photos and other historical items for research.  All of them are operated by the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico.  Located at 200 North Lea in Roswell, NM.

Roswell Museum and Art Center

Devoted to the preservation and promotion of the art and history of the American Southwest, the museum features exhibits of art and history including fine art, decorative arts and other historic objects.  Located at 100 West 11th Street in Roswell, NM.

Roswell UFO Museum

The museum relates the story of the 1947 UFO sightings and Area 51.  What was it?  What happened?  Learn more about it at the museum.  Located at 114 North Main Street in Roswell, NM.


Cibola County Museums Acoma Pueblo Museum

Devoted to the history of Acoma and the Acoma people.  Located at NM23, 12 miles SW of I-40 in Acoma Pueblo, NM.

Aviation Heritage Museum

The museum honors the pioneer aviators who crossed the West along the 1929 era Los Angeles to Amarillo route segment of the Midcontinental Airway established by Charles Lindbergh.  Located at the Grants-Milan Airport beside Interstate 40 in Western New Mexico.


El Morro has been a favorite campsite for hundreds of years.  It is here that Ancestral Puebloans, Spanish and American travelers stopped for fresh water and carved over 2000 signatures, dates, messages and petroglyphs the sandstone.  A Visitor Center features exhibits about the history of El Morro.  Located on Highway 53 in Ramah, NM.

New Mexico Mining Museum

The museum is a simulated uranium mine.  Visitors will learn about the rich history of mining and the related culture of Grants, New Mexico as they go underground in the simulated uranium mine.  Located at 100 N. Iron Avenue in Grants, NM.

Sky City Cultural Center and the Haaku Museum

Featuring the history and art of the Acoma people, the Cultural Center and Museum are located at the Pueblo of Acoma, NM.


Colfax County Museums

Elizabeth Town Museum

Housed inside a former schoolteacher's home, the museum features historic artifacts, documents and memorabilia from the past of Elizabethtown, a gold mining ghost town.  Only 7 of the original buildings are still standing.  Located just off New Mexico State Road 38 between the communities of Eagle Next and Red River in New Mexico.

Kit Carson Museum

One of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail sites, the Kit Carson museum is focused on the famed mountain man, Kit Carson, who settled along the Rayado River in this area.  Rayado was one of the first permanent settlements of the Sangre de Cristos and served as a military post from 1850-1851.  The museum features recreated buildings with living history demonstrations along with exhibits related to the Santa Fe Trail.  Located 7 miles south of the Philmont Scout Ranch on New Mexico Highway 21 in Cimarron, NM.

Old Aztec Mill Museum

The Aztec Grist Mill was built in 1864 by Lucien B. Maxwell to provide a mill to grind grains from the Maxwell Ranch and the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation along with Santa Fe Trail travelers.  Today it is a museum featuring a collection of historical artifacts and items related to the history of Northeastern, New Mexico and working mill parts.  Located at 220 W 17th Street in Cimarron, NM.

The Philmont Museum

The Philmont Museum features a rotating exhibit related to the history of the Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier "High Adventure" base along with the Seton Memorial Library.  Located at 17 Deer Run Road in Cimarron, NM.

The Santa Fe Trail Museum

Housed inside the former Colfax County Courthouse built in 1881, the museum holds many art exhibits and historic artifacts related to the history of the Santa Fe Trail and pioneer life.  Located at 612 Colbert Avenue in Springer, NM.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park

A memorial devoted to the veterans of the Vietnam War.  Located at 34 County Club Road in Angel Fire, NM.

Villa Philmonte

Built in 1927, the Spanish Mediterranean styled villa is over 28,000 square feet and was the summer home of Waite and Genevieve Phillips who gifted out parcels of land to the Boy Scouts of America in 1938 and 1941.  Guided tours are offered.  Located at 7 Deer Run Road in Cimarron, NM.


De Baca County Museums

Billy The Kid Museum   [Photos & History]

The museum features artifacts and exhibits about Billy the Kid along with a firearms exhibit and antique automobiles.  Located at 1601 E. Sumner Avenue in Fort Sumner, NM.

Fort Sumner Bosque Redondo Monument & Museum

The museum is focused on the Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation and the tragic fate of the Navajo and Mescalero Apache people who were held captive at Fort Sumner from 1863-1868.  Many died and those who survived were forced to travel to a reservation over 450 miles away in the winter months.  This event in history is known by the Navajo people as the "Long Walk".  Located 3 miles east of the village of Fort Sumner on Highway 60/84.


Dona Ana County Museums

Bicentennial Log Cabin Museum

This 1870s log cabin which was moved to Las Cruces for a bicentennial celebration is open to the public during Heritage Days. The Bicentennial Log Cabin has been moved to the Pioneer Store Museum in Chloride, NM.

Branigan Cultural Center

[Las Cruces History]

Devoted to the history of the Las Cruces area of New Mexico, the museum is housed in a Great Depression era building at 500 Water Street in Las Cruces, NM.

Casasola Museum/ Museo Casasola

The US-Mexico Border History

The Casasola Museum features a Collective Exhibition (with more than 600 photojournalists of four generations).
Selection of 120 photos with frames and slide show with another 500 hundred images.
General archives: More than100,000 images, cartoons, maps, documentaries and more.
This exhibition is composed of 100,000 images of our iconographic collections of four types:

1.- Images that are part of the Casasola Museum's private collection

2.- Images from the special collection of the Casasola Found

3.- Images from the archives of the Mexiamerica/Casa de las Americas special private collection.

4.- Images from the collective collection of 50 border graphic journalists

Located at 2251 Calle de Santiago in Old Mesilla, NM.

Dona County Historical Museum of Lawmen

The museum is the region's only museum dedicated solely to law enforcement.  Housed inside the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office located at 845 N. Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces, NM.

Fort Selden State Monument

[History]  [Photo Gallery]

Fort Selden was established in 1865 in an effort to bring peace to the south central part of New Mexico.  The adobe fort overlooking the Rio Grande River housed the U.S. Infantry and Cavalry to protect settlers and travelers in the Mesilla Valley from outlaws and Apache Indians.  Today, the adobe walls still stand and a Visitor Center features exhibits about the frontier and military life.  During special events, living history demonstrations are featured.  Located on I-25, Exit 19 approximately 13 miles north of Las Cruces in Radium Springs, NM.

Las Cruces Railroad Museum

Railroad memorabilia is housed in the historic Santa Fe Depot at 351 N. Mesilla Street in Las Cruces, NM.

Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science

Focused on the natural history of New Mexico and the Chihuahuan Desert.  700 South Telshor Blvd. #1608, Las Cruces, NM.

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum


Demonstrating the 3000 year history of farming and ranching in New Mexico, the interactive museum covers 47 acres.  Located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, NM.

New Mexico State University Museums

Old Mesilla Historic Site

If you are in the Las Cruces / El Paso area, this is a must see site.  Billy the Kid was tried and sentenced to hang here.  There are numerous historic buildings .  It is a lovely place offering hospitality, good shops and restaurants.

Organ Mercantile Museum

The Organ Mercantile Museum is focused on the history of the small mining town of Organ, which is situated at the base of the Organ Mountains.  Located at 16140 Old Organ Main Street in Organ, NM.


Eddy County Museums Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center

Housed inside the Moore-Ward cobblestone house, the exhibits are focused on the local history of Artesia.  Exhibits include historical photographs, Native American artifacts, farm and ranch displays and a hands-on children's room to play dress-up.  Located at 505 W. Richardson Avenue in Artesia, NM.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The site features amazing caves. Over 119 are known.  Guided tours of the extensive caves are featured.  The Visitor Center features exhibits about the caves and the history of the area.  In the evening watch the massive flight of bats as they exit the caves.  The park's visitor center is located at 727 Carlsbad Caverns Highway in Carlsbad, NM.

Carlsbad Museum and Art Center

The museum features exhibits related to the history of the City of Carlsbad and the surrounding communities of southeastern New Mexico and the greater American Southwest including West Texas, Arizona and northern Mexico.  Exhibits include Native American art and artifacts, Southwestern art, regional history and the McAdoo Collection of Taos Ten paintings.  Located at 418 West Fox Street in Carlsbad, NM.


Grant County Museums

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

[Park Map]

The site provides historical artifacts and structures to interpret and share over 2000 years of Mogollon history and cultural development.  Located 44 miles from Silver City via State Highway 15.  The distance going this route is only 44 miles but it will take over 2 hours to arrive due to mountainous and twisting roads. 

Silver City Museum

The museum is housed in the 1881 H. B. Ailman House and is focused on the preservation, research and interpretation of the history of SW New Mexico.  Collections include over 15,000 photographs, Native American artifacts, and items related to the history of the area.  The museum offers a Local History Research Library which is open during museum hours.  Located at 312 W. Broadway in Downtown Silver City, NM.

Western New Mexico University Museum

[Collections and Research]

The museum is focused on the diverse cultural and artist heritages of Southwest New Mexico.  Exhibits of historical and authentic artifacts related to this rich heritage.  Located in Fleming Hall at the Western New Mexico University in Silver City, NM.


Guadalupe County Museums

Route 66 Auto Museum on Facebook

The museum features vintage and classic autos along with Route 66 memorabilia and exhibits.  Located at 2436 Route 66 in Santa Rosa, NM.


Hidalgo County Museums

Hidalgo County Museum

The Hidalgo County Museum features historical artifacts, photographs and treasures gathered from Hidalgo County and the surrounding area.  Located at 710 E 2nd Street n Lordsburg, NM.

Shakespeare Ghost Town

The National Historic Site is the West's most authentic ghost town.  Shakespeare is just outside Lordsburg, New Mexico on I-10.


Lea County Museums

The Lea County Museum

Housed inside the former 1918 Commercial Hotel, the museum features exhibits related to the history of Lovington and Lea County.  Located at 103 South Love Street in Lovington, NM.

The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame

Focused on the preservation and exhibition of artifacts and materials documenting the Cowboy and Ranching heritage of Southeast New Mexico and West Texas, the museum is located at 1 Thunderbird Circle in Hobbs, NM.


Lincoln County Museums

Fort Stanton

[Photo Gallery]  [History]

Fort Stanton was established in 1855 as a military fortification to protect settlers from the Apache Indians.  The Fort Stanton historic site features 53 buildings along the Rio Bonita and educates visitors about the military history of the Fort as well as it's significance as the first tuberculosis hospital in the state of New Mexico.  During WWII, the fort was also used as an internment camp for German Seaman.  The Fort Stanton Museum provides exhibits and historical artifacts related to the history of Fort Stanton.  Located at 104 Kit Carson Road in Fort Stanton, NM.

Hubbard Museum of The American West

The museum features local and regional arts, history and culture.  Collections include horse gear, carriages, wagons and horse-drawn vehicles of the past.  Located at 26301 Highway 70 West in Ruidoso Downs, NM.

Lincoln State Monument

[History]  [Photo Gallery]

The State Historic Site is a 1870's and 1880s community that is frozen in time.  The site features 17 historic structures, 6 of them being museums.  Most of the buildings are of the Territorial Style of adobe architecture of the American Southwest.  Visitors to the site will learn about the Lincoln County War and see the Old Lincoln County Courthouse and other places this even in history took place.  Located in Lincoln, NM.

Ruidosa River Museum

[Lincoln County History]

[The Lincoln County War]

The Ruidosa River Museum is devoted to the collection, preservation and promotion of the public's awareness and understanding of the people and history of Lincoln County, New Mexico.  Visitors will learn about the Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett.  Located at 101 Mechem Drive in Ruidoso, NM.

Smokey Bear Historical Park

[Smokey the Bear Song]

The Park honors Capitan's favorite son, Smokey, the little bear cub that was found with burned paws after a forest fire in 1950 in the Capitan Mountains.  The Visitor Center features exhibits about forest health, forest fires and other issues that threaten the forests of today along with the history of Smokey the Bear.  Educational programs for school groups feature Smokey the Bear.  Located at 118 W. Smokey Bear Blvd in the Village of Capitan.


Los Alamos County Museums

Bandelier National Monument

[Virtual Tour]

The monument protects 33,000 acres of rugged canyon terrain and mesa country along with the many petroglyphs and dwellings carved into the rock cliffs where a culture of Ancestral Pueblo people dwelled long ago.  The Visitor Center features ancestral Pueblo artifacts and contemporary Pueblo pottery.  Located off Highway 4 at 15 Entrance Road in Los Alamos, NM.

Bradbury Science Museum

The museum features the Los Alamos National Laboratory exhibit where visitors will learn about the development of the first atomic bomb and it's impact on America's defense system.  Located at the corner of 15th and Central in Los Alamos, NM.

Los Alamos Historical Museum

[Los Alamos History]  [Archives]

The museum is housed in the guest cottage of the Los Alamos Ranch School and features exhibits related to the history of Los Alamos along with an archives of photos and documents.  1921 Juniper Street, Los Alamos, NM.


Luna County Museums

Columbus Train Depot Museum

Operated by the Columbus Historical Society, the museum features a collection of historical photos, artifacts and other items related to the history of Columbus.  Housed inside the historic railroad Depot located at NM-9 in Columbus, NM.

Deming Luna Mimbres Museum

The museum houses exhibits related to the everyday lives of those who reside in Deming and the Mimbres Valley of New Mexico.  Exhibits include period rooms with antique furnishings, paintings, antique machines and tools, toys, vehicles war memorabilia, photos, Indian artifacts and other items of historical significance.  An archives of historical documents is available for research across the street.  Housed inside the former 1916 National Guard Armory located at 301 S. Silver Avenue in Deming, NM.

Pancho Villa State Park

The park features an exhibit hall where the history of Camp Furlong is related and the story of the 1910 Mexican Revolution is told.  Located at 400 West Highway 9 in the village of Columbus, NM.


McKinley County Museums

A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center

The museum works to provide learning experiences that emphasize A:shiwi ways of knowing.  Historical films, photo archives and a collection of digitized oral history interviews give people insight into the Zuni ways of life.  Located at 02E Ojo Caliente Road in Zuni, NM.

The Gallup Cultural Center

Housed in the historic Santa Fe Depot, the Gallup Cultural Center features exhibits about trains,, weaving, sandpainting, Route 66, silversmithing and more in the Storyteller Museum.  Located at 201 East Highway 66 in Gallup, NM.

Ramah Museum

The museum is housed inside a 100 year old stone house and features historic artifacts and items related to the history of Ramah.  Located at Ramah, NM.

Red Rock Museum

The museum features interpretive exhibits that chronicle the lives and culture of the prehistoric Anasazi, and the present-day tribes of the Zuni, Hopi and Navajo.  Artifacts from several local archeological sites are on display.  The museum also provides the history of Gallup and the town's coal mining past.  Located in downtown Gallup, NM.

Rex Museum

Housed inside what was once a brothel, the Rex Museum provides historical artifacts and items related to the local history of Gallup.  Located at 300 West Historic U.S. Highway 66 in Gallup, NM.


Mora County Museums The Cleveland Roller Mill Museum

An historic water wheel powered mill is in operation annually on Millfest on Labor Day Weekend.  The museum housed inside features exhibits related to the early history of Mora County.  Located on Highway 518 at mile marker 31 in Cleveland, NM.

Fort Union National Monument

Along the Santa Fe Trail, you can find the remnants of an adobe military fort.  From 1851 to 1891, the Fort stood guard in the American Southwest.  Visitors can see the ruins today located in the Northeastern part of the state of new Mexico, 8 miles off of Interstate I-25 on State Highway NM 161.


Otero County Museums Alamagordo Museum of History

The museum is operated by the Tularosa Basin Historical Society and features collections of historical objects, photos and memorabilia related to the heritage of Alamogordo and the Tularosa Basin of New Mexico.  The society also provides a research library.  Located at 1301 N. White Sands Blvd. in Alamogordo, NM.

New Mexico Museum of Space History

Exhibits include Robert Goddard's early rocket experiments near Roswell and a mock-up of the International Space Station.  The museum features an International Space Hall of Fame, exhibits of rockets and many historic items about NASA.  Located at 3198 State Route 2001 in Alamogordo, NM.

Sacramento Mountains Museum & Pioneer Village

[History]  [Photo Gallery]

Also known as the Cloudcroft Museum, the museum is focused on the story of the pioneers who settled in Cloudcroft.  Step back in time as you stroll through the Pioneer Village and learn about early farming and ranching.  Located at 1000 Highway 82 in Cloudcroft, NM.

White Sands Missile Range Museum

The museum is focused on the origin of the U.S. Missile and space programs and the beginning of the nuclear age.  The Missile Park features weapons that won the Cold War and Operation Desert Storm.  Located on White Sands Missile Range off Highway 70 between markers 169 & 170.  Follow the signs to WSMR.

White Sands National Monument

Known as one of the world's great natural wonders, White Sands is the world's largest gypsum dunefield.  Covering 275 square miles, the dunes are known to shift from west to east as much as 30 feet per year.  The Visitor Center features exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the desert.  Located on Highway US-70 between the cities of Alamogordo and Las Cruces, NM.


Quay County Museums Tucumcari Historical Museum

Housed inside a 1903 schoolhouse, the museum features 3 floors of artifacts and memorabilia related to the history of Tucumcari and the surrounding area.  Located at 416 South Adams in Tucumcari, NM.


Rio Arriba County Museums Bond House Museum

The Bond House holds a museum focused on the history of Espanola.  Located at 706 E. Bond Street in Espanola, NM.

Chimayo Museum

The museum is housed in a classic New Mexican adobe home.  Focus is on educating the public about the history and culture of Chimayo and the surrounding area.  Exhibits include historic artifacts, photos and other vintage objects.  Located in the historic Plaza del Cerro at 13 Plazo De Cerro in Chimayo, NM.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

The National Historic Landmark features historic steam-operated rolling stock.  Located at 500 South Terrace Avenue in Chama, NM.

Ghost Ranch Museums

Museums include the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology and the Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology with tours offered.  The museums focus on fossils and the cultures of the past and present.  Ghost Ranch is located at 280 Private Drive 1708 in Abiquiu, NM.

Jicarilla Arts and Craft Museum

The museum features handcrafted items by Jicarilla Apache Nation tribal members including baskets, beadwork, leather work, painting and pottery.  Located in Dulce, NM.


Roosevelt County Museums Blackwater Draw Museum

The Blackwater Draw site is one of the most important archaeological sites in the United States due to evidence of Columbian mammoth, saber tooth cat, dire wolf and other early animals along with early humans, who roamed this area over 13,000 years ago.  The museum displays and interprets artifacts found at the site.  The site has been declared a National Historic Landmark.  Located at 508 Highway 467 about eight miles north of Portales, NM.

Oasis State Park

Shifting sand dunes, a small lake and cottonwood trees make up this wildlife habitat.  Known as a good place for bird watching.  Located at 1891 Oasis Road in Portales, NM.

Roosevelt County Museum

The museum features exhibits and items related to the early life and times of the residents of Roosevelt County.  Located on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University at 1500 S Avenue K in Portales, NM.


San Juan County Museums

Aztec Museum & Pioneer Village

Visitors to the Aztec Museum & Pioneer Village will get a glimpse of life in the "olden days" of the American West.  Aztec's history of human habitation goes back a thousand years, when Native Americans settled along the Animas River.  Remain of the buildings they constructed there have become known as Aztec Ruins National Monument.  Learn the story of the Native peoples who have lived in Aztec and the homesteaders who came to settle here.  Located at 125 N. Main Avenue in Aztec, NM.

Aztec Ruins National Monument

The ruins of the Ancestral Pueblo Society who once lived here are open to visitors.  Explore the 900 year old ancestral Pueblo Great House and experience the reconstructed Great Kiva.  The Aztec village was built from local stone with green stripes of greywacke stone which was hauled from nearby quarries.  Museum exhibit are on display in the Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village. Visitors can explore a small segment of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail that leads to the Animas River and a Heritage Garden. Located on Ruins Road a about 1/2 mile north of New Mexico Highway 516 in the city of Aztec, NM.

Bolack Electromechanical Museum

The museum is a forty year collection of antique electrical, radio, communication, industrial and agricultural artifacts.  Located on the B-Square Ranch, south of the San Juan River. See Directions & Map.

Bolack Museum of Fish and Wildlife

The museum features wildlife mounts in dioramas.  Located on the B-Square Ranch, south of the San Juan River. See Directions & Map.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Explore the ruins of this ancient world where the ancestral Pueblo peoples once lived.  Located in the Northwestern corner of New Mexico, see directions to Chaco Canyon.

Farmington Museum

The museum is devoted to the history of Farmington, New Mexico.  Featured exhibits are related to the Navajo Indians and the oil industry in Farmington.  The newest exhibit is the Three Waters Trading Post, a replica of a 1930s trading post.  3041 E. Main Street in Farmington, NM.

Salmon Ruins Museum, Library, and Research Center

The 11th century ruins feature a Chacoan great house, a 19th century homestead and replicas of a sweatlodge, hogan, tipi / pithouse.  Ancient artifacts and exhibits are on display.  Researchers will find a library specializing in the archaeology and history of the American Southwest.  Located at 6131 Highway 64 in Bloomfield, NM.


San Miguel County Museums

The Las Vegas City Museum and Rough Riders Collection

The museum exhibits are focused on the development of Las Vegas, New Mexico and the part played by the Santa Fe Trail.  A large collection of artifacts, documents and photos from the Rough Riders, is housed in the museum.  Located at 727 Grand Avenue, Las Vegas, NM.

Pecos National Historical Park

The remains of the Pecos Pueblo still stand as a reminder of the people who once lived here.  Visitors to the site will also find four Churches including a Mission Church, a historic adobe ranch home and Visitor Center filled with exhibits related to the history of the area.  Located 25 miles east of Santa Fe, New Mexico. See Directions and Map.

The Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center

Operated by the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation, the Center provides visitors with an in-depth history of the Santa Fe Trail through books, brochures and original photos of many interesting locations and events along the trail.  Located in the Bridge Street Historic District at 116 Bridge Street in Las Vegas, NM.


Sandoval County Museums

Casa San Ysidro

[History]  [Virtual Tour]

A restored 18th century rancho complete with a family chapel, central plazuela and an enclosed corral gives visitors insight into the way people lived in the 18th century American Southwest.  A large collection of Hispanic New Mexican historical artifacts are on display.  Located at 973 Old Church Road in Corrales, NM.

Coronado State Monument

Named for Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, start your visit at the visitors center where you can learn about the Pueblo of Kuaua, then tour the Pueblo ruins.  185 Kuaua Road in Bernalillo, NM.

Jemez State Monument

Step back into a fascinating past when you visit the ruins of a 500 year old Indian village and the San Jose de los Jemez church dated 1610.  Located on State Highway 4 about 43 miles north of Bernalillo.

Pueblo of Jemez - Walatoa Visitor Center  

[History of Jemez Pueblo]


Visit the Pueblo of Jemez to learn about the Towa culture and traditions.  The Pueblo of Jemez is one of only 19 remaining pueblos of New Mexico.  Located at 7413 Hwy 4, Jemez Pueblo, NM.


Santa Fe County Museums

Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum

Browse through a private collection of tools, equipment, objects and artifacts used in daily life during the mineral mining era of Cerrillos, New Mexico.  Centuries ago, Native Americans mined this area for turquoise to use in trade and jewelry.  The mines were worked by Spanish explorers in the 17th and 18th centuries and Anglo miners worked them through the early 1900s when most of the mines were played out.  Today, the equipment and artifacts are on display in the museum.  Located at 17 Waldo Street in Cerrillos, NM.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas

Walk into the past at the "Ranch of the Swallows".  The living history museum is dated from the early 1700s and was an important stop on the famous Camino Real with over 200 acres of original colonial buildings.  Villagers clothed in period dress bring the village to life. See directions to the museum which is located 15 miles south of Santa Fe.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

The museum features the works of artist, Georgia O'Keeffe. Located at 217 Johnson Street in Santa Fe, NM.

The Loretto Chapel

Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878.  Today, the beautiful historic old Church is available for tours and can be rented for weddings as well.  Located at 207 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe, NM.

Madrid Old Coal Town Museum

Coal mining in Madrid began round 1835 when the area was known as Coal Gulch.  Madrid was a company town.  Explore exhibits related to the history of the old coal town.  Visitors to the museum will find mining artifacts, railroad equipment, vintage autos, trucks, farm equipment and much more.  Located in the Mine Shaft Tavern at 2846 Highway 14 in the ghost town of Madrid, NM.

Museum of New Mexico

There are actually four museums attributes to the Museum of New Mexico.  All are located on Museum Hill on Camino Lejo in Santa Fe, NM. 

1. Museum of Spanish Colonial Art is housed in a historical building designed by John Gaw Meem and features a collection of the Spanish Colonial world art.

2. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is a repository of Native art and culture, telling the stories of the people of the Southwest.

3. Museum of International Folk Art is known as the world's largest collection of folk art, containing more than 135,000 artifacts.

4. Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian features both contemporary and historic Native American art and includes shows by Native American artists and photographers.

New Mexico History Museum

The museum presents exhibitions and public programs that interpret historical events and experiences of the state of New Mexico.  Located on the Historic Plaza next to the Palace of the Governors at 113 Lincoln Avenue in Santa Fe, NM.

New Mexico National Guard Museum

Focused on the preservation of the past, present and future of the New Mexico National Guard and to educate visitors about our history both in peace and war time.  Formerly known as the Bataan Memorial Guard Museum, we are located at 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe, NM.

New Mexico School for the Deaf Museum


The museum celebrates the the education of students at the New Mexico School for the Deaf which was established in 1887 by Lars Larson and his wife Belle.  The museum features displays of artifacts related to the school's history and serves as a valuable research center for students, historians and writers from around the world.  Located at 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe, NM.

Old Coal Mine Museum

Located on the Turquoise Trail (Highway 14) in Madrid, NM, the museum is focused on the history of the coal mining industry in Madrid, NM.  This small mining community became a ghost town in 1890.

Palace of The Governors


The adobe building was built in the early 17th century as the seat of government for Spain.  It is the oldest continuous occupied public building in the United States.  Considered an American Treasure, today it is a museum with docent guides chronicling the history of Santa Fe, New Mexico and the surrounding region.  Located at 105 W. Palace Avenue in Santa Fe, NM.

Poeh Cultural Center and Museum

The Pueblo of Pojoaque is revitalizing their traditions through the efforts of the Center's mission to teach their native language, traditional song and dance and material culture.  A major part of the mission is a concentrated effort to teach the arts and promote public understanding of and respect for Pueblo history and culture.  Visitors to the Poeh Museum will learn about the history through Tewa stories, arts and artifacts.  Located at 78 Cities of Gold Road in Santa Fe, NM.

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian


The museum features unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art.  A very large collection of Native American crafted jewelry is on display in the Jim and Lauris Phillips Center for the Study of Southwestern Jewelry.  Located at 704 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe, NM.


Sierra County Museums The Black Range Museum

Housed inside the former historic Ocean Grove Hotel, the museum tells the story of Hillsboro, the former county seat of Sierra County.  Located on Highway 152 in Hillsboro, NM.

Geronimo Springs Museum

The Geronimo Springs Museum features historic artifacts and items related to the history of Sierra County and the Southwest.  Exhibits include Apache history, homesteading, Hispanic culture, ranching, prehistoric findings and heritage research.  Located at 211 Main Street in Truth or Consequences, NM.

Hamilton Military Museum

Focus is on the men and women who have served in the armed forces.  The museum is a living memorial to those who have served.  Located next to the Veterans Memorial Park at 996 S. Broadway in Truth or Consequences, NM.

Percha Bank Museum

Historic Percha Bank on Facebook

The historical bank building is the only fully intact building left from the mining past of Kingston, New Mexico.  The bank is operated as a museum featuring historical artifacts and items related to the history of Kingston along with work by local artists and artisans.  Located at 42 Main Street in Kingston, NM.

Pioneer Store Museum

Built in 1880, the Pioneer Store was built by Mr. James Dalglish.  Operated as a store during the Silver Boom, and then again as a store and post office for the US Treasury Mining Company, the store today is a treasure trove of items from the past.  Located in a complex of historical buildings Chloride, about 40 miles west of Truth or Consequences, NM off of NM 52.  See Directions.


Socorro County Museums

El Camino Real Heritage Center

[History of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro]

Telling the story of the first European settlements of North America and the "Royal Road" which was the international trail of commerce linking Spain, Mexico and the United States.  Today's Interstate Hwy 25 parallels the historic Camino Real. Located 30 miles south of Socorro, NM.

Mineral Museum

The Mineral Museum was established in 1889 and has grown to over 15,000 mineral specimens.  Located at the NM Tech Campus on Olive Lane next to the NM Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

[History & Culture]

The Missions, Pueblos, Kivas and Homesteads of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument have stood as a silent reminder of the people and cultures who have called this area home.  From the prehistoric Ancestral Puebloan and Jumano groups to the 17th century Spanish Franciscan missionaries, the settlers of the 1800s, and today the archaeologists and park service, these ruins have seen many different peoples.  There are 3 different missions to visit.  See Directions to this historic site.


Taos County Museums

* Taos County History Timeline

Blumenschein Home and Museum

The museum is inside the home E. L. Blumenschein.  The artworks of Earnest Blumenschein, Mary Greene and Helen Blumenschein are featured in the museum along with samplings of works by other famous Taos artists.  Located at 222 Ledoux Street in Taos, NM.

The Couse-Sharp Historic Site

[Take a Tour]

The historic site is a complex including the home and studio of artist, Eanger Irving Couse, the garden designed by Virginia Couse, the the studios of artist, Joseph Henry Sharp.  Located at 146 Kit Carson Road in Taos, NM.

El Rincon Trading Post

Housed inside a 1909 shop, the shop has a museum like backroom filled with Native American and Western artifacts, Indian crafts and jewelry.  Located at 114 Kit Carson Road in Taos, USA.

Governor Bent House and Museum

The Governor Bent House was the home of New Mexico's first American governor, early trader, trapper and mountain man, Charles Bent.  Charles Bent was appointed the Governor of New Mexico when it became an American territory in 1834.  He was killed in a protest of American Rule in 1847 at the Governor Bent House.  Today, the historic adobe house is a museum about the time period and New Mexico's beginning in America along with an art gallery of western art.  Located at 117 Bent Street in Taos, NM.

The Harwood Museum of Art

The museum features both historic and contemporary art and culture of the Taos region of New Mexico.  Located at 238 Ledoux Street in Taos, NM.

Kit Carson Home and Museum

Containing a portion of the original home of Kit Carson, the museum offers artifacts and exhibits related to the history of Kit Carson and frontier life in Taos, New Mexico.  Located at 113 Kit Carson Road, 1/2 block from Taos Plaza in Taos, NM.

La Hacienda de los Martinez

Built in 1804, this historical adobe house is from the Spanish Colonial period.  The home features massive fortress-like walls of adobe and played an important in the history of the area.  Visitors to the Hacienda will get a glimpse into the rugged frontier life and times of the early 1800s.  Demonstrations of the traditions of northern New Mexico are featured during events.  Located at 708 Hacienda Road in Taos, NM.

Millicent Rogers Museum

The Millicent Rogers Museum is focused on the arts and cultures of the Southwest.  The museum features rotating collections in it's galleries.  Located at 1504 Millicent Rogers Road in El Prado, NM.

Picuris Pueblo Visitor's Center & Museum

Once one of the largest Tiwa pueblos, Picuris Pueblo is today, one of the smallest.  The museum displays and sells beadwork, weaving and pottery handcrafted by local artists.  San Lorenzo de Picuris, a fully restored 200-year-old adobe church is at the center of the pueblo.  Located 24 miles southeast of Taos via NM 68, 518 and 75.

Taos Art Museum & Fechin House

Housed inside the studio and home of artist Nocolai Fechin, the museum features the art of the early 20th century in Taos.  Located at 227 Paseo del Puelo Norte in Taos, NM.

Taos County Historic Places


Torrance County Museums Moriarty Historical Society & Museum

The museum features a collection of archaeological, historical, archival and ethnographic materials, records, documents and objects that tell the history of Torrance County.  Located at 202 Broadway Street in Moriarty, NM.

US Southwest Soaring Museum

The primary focus of the museum is on the preservation and presentation of the history and legacy of soaring (gliding.)  Located at 918 Historic U.S. 66 in Moriarty, NM.


Union County Museums

Amistad Museum

Focused on the local history of Amistad.  Located in Amistad, NM.

Boy Scout Museum & Westward Ho Trading Post

The museum features artifacts of scouting life that have been donated to the museum over many years.  Located one block from the old Santa Fe Train Depot at 400 South 1st Street in Raton, NM.

Folsom Museum

Housed inside the former Doherty Mercantile building since 1966, the museum is devoted to the collection and preservation of important artifacts of historical and cultural value that date form the time of prehistoric Folsom man through the period of American westward expansion when the town of Folsom was established and beyond.  Located at the junction of Highways 325 & 156 in Folsom, NM.

Herzstein Memorial Museum

The museum is housed inside the former 1919 Methodist Episcopalian Church.  Exhibits of historical artifacts and items related to the history of Union County, the museum has one of the largest WPA exhibits in the state of New Mexico.  Exhibits include Jim Deam saddles, artifacts from the Santa Fe Trail, and the Comanche & Navajo Indians of the area.  Operated by the Union County Historical Society, the museum is located at 22 North 2nd Street in Clayton, NM.

The Raton Museum

Focus of the Raton Museum is on the preservation and promotion of the history of Raton, New Mexico.  The museum features exhibits of regional artifacts related to ranching, coal mining, railroads, pioneer life, Native American history and Mexican art.  Located at 108 South Second Street.


Valencia County Museums Belen Harvey House Museum

A 1910 Harvey House Restaurant still stands in Belen.  Inside, visitors will find hundreds of memorabilia pertaining to the Harvey House and the Santa Fe Railway, as well as exhibits about early local businesses in Belen.  Located at 104 N. 1st Street in Belen, NM.

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts

The museum features exhibits and programs related to the history of Los Lunas, surrounding communities and the state of New Mexico.  Located at 251 Main Street SE in Los Lunas, NM.



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