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Museums in Santa Fe

Steeped in history and culture, Santa Fe’s artistic and cultural heritage is undeniable. The El Rey Inn is the perfect home base for culture craving travelers visiting Santa Fe for artistic inspiration. Our Santa Fe hotel is located less than three miles from the area’s most popular museums, monuments, and historic sites.

Explore the Culture and Tradition of the Southwest

Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return (1.9 miles)

An interactive art experience, Meow Wolf is unlike any other museum in Santa Fe. Driven by non-linear storytelling, guests are treated to a journey of exploration and discovery. Visitors choose their own path and can either walk, climb, and crawl through 70 unique rooms created by more than 500 artists.

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New Mexico Museum of Art (2.7 miles)

The oldest art museum in the state, the New Mexico Museum of Art features over 20,000 works of art from the Southwest region. This includes pieces from the historic Taos and Santa Fe art colonies of the past hundred years to contemporary art. Notable collections include works by Cinco Pintores, Gustave Baumann, Fritz Scholder, Bob Haozous, T.C. Cannon, and others.

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Georgia O’Keefe Museum (2.7 miles)

One of the most significant artists of the 20th Century, Georgia O’Keefe is known as the “Mother of American Modernism” and best known for her New Mexico landscapes. Opened in 1997, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum is the largest permanent collection of her work in the world with over 3,000 works, including 140 oil paintings and 700 drawings.

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Santa Fe Children’s Museum (2.7 miles)

Started in 1985, the Santa Fe Children’s Museum is more than a museum it’s an interactive experience. Featuring a climbing wall, a puppet stage, a garden, and interactive classes, it’s the ideal place for kids to let their imaginations run wild.

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Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (2.9 miles)

Dedicated to the collection, preservation, public education, interpretation, and exhibition of the arts, cultures, and histories of the American Southwest. The museum features a regular schedule of temporary exhibitions and includes a collection textiles, jewelry, baskets, pottery, artifacts, as well as contemporary art. The museum was first established in 1927.

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Museum of New Mexico (2.9 miles)

Established in 1909, the Museum of New Mexico houses a collection of art, history, and culture in four museums and five monuments. This includes the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, and several historic sites including Coronado Historic Site, Fort Selden Historic Site, Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner Historic Site, Jemez Historic Site, Lincoln Historic Site, and the El Camino Real Historic Trail Site.

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Museum of International Folk Art

Featuring over 125,000 objects from 100 nations the Museum of International Folk Art has the largest cross-cultural collect of folk art in the world. The museum is divided into four distinct wings each with a different theme and collection. Some of the collections include Hispanic folk art, textiles, ceramics, carvings, toys, dolls, masks, and beadwork.

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