Of Special Historic Interest
Family & Local Histories
Historic Route 66
New Mexico History Timeline
New Mexico State Monuments
New Mexico State Symbols
New Mexico State Symbols - KIDS
Salt Missions Trail
Historic New Mexico
1851-1991 Panoramic Photos
Bernalillo County Photos
Chaves County Old Photos
Hidalgo County Postcards of the Past
Lincoln County Old Photos
of the Governors Photo Archives
Taos Historic Photos
Western Historical Photos
Mexico Vacation Guide
Search Phone Books
The researches of many
eminent antiquarians have already thrown much darkness on the subject;
and it is possible, if they continue their labors, that we shall soon
know nothing at all..... Artemus Ward
Roadside History of New Mexico
Faces From The Past
Jacarilla Indian Maiden, NM
E. S. Curtis:
START YOUR FAMILY TREE!
We'll Start Searching for you!
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
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
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.
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
Pueblos of NM]
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.
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.
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
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,
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
Hispanic Cultural Center
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
Chaves County Museums
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.
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
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.
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Museum/ Museo Casasola
The US-Mexico Border History
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF REALITY: CIEN AÑOS DE REALIDAD by
The Casasola Museum features a Collective
Exhibition (with more than 600 photojournalists of four
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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,
Mexico University Museum
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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.
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
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: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
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.
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.
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.
Mexico Museum of Space History
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 &
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.
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.
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
San Miguel County Museums
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
Directions and Map.
The Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center
Operated by the
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
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
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.
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
The museum features
the works of artist, Georgia O'Keeffe. Located at 217 Johnson
Street in Santa Fe, NM.
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
on Camino Lejo in Santa Fe, NM.
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.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
is a repository of Native art and culture, telling the stories
of the people of the Southwest.
Museum of International Folk Art
is known as the world's
largest collection of folk art, containing more than 135,000
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
features both contemporary and historic Native American art and
includes shows by Native American artists and photographers.
Mexico History 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.
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
New Mexico School for the Deaf 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
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.
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.
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
Geronimo Springs Museum
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
Percha Bank Museum
Historic Percha Bank on Facebook
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.
Socorro County Museums
El Camino Real Heritage Center
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.
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
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.
Couse-Sharp Historic Site
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.
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.
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.
County Historic Places
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.
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.
Focused on the
local history of Amistad. Located in Amistad, NM.
Boy Scout Museum & Westward Ho Trading Post
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.
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
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.
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.
Museum Index for Other States
New Mexico Census Records