The Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner Historic Site delivers visitors into the heart of history and tragedy.
Manifest Destiny, the doctrine that a dominant culture has the God-given right to spread, regardless of preceding cultures, steered American policies in the 1860s. In New Mexico, such policies were directed against the Navajo and Mescalero Apache peoples.
In 1863, some 10,000 Navajos were forced to make the “Long Walk,” 450 miles across New Mexico to the Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation, or H’weeldi, meaning place of suffering. Hundreds of Mescalero Apaches were also interned there. The Navajos lost 20 percent of the tribe due to the insufferable conditions.
More than 700 years ago, on the fertile west bank of the Rio Grande just north of Albuquerque, the Tiwa people settled Kuaua Pueblo. Coronado Historic Site is named after the Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, who camped near here with his soldiers in 1540. Kuaua, which means “evergreen,” was abandoned during the late 16th century.
A square kiva, excavated in 1935, revealed mural paintings now deemed the finest precontact mural art in North America. Visitors, accompanied by a ranger or docent, may descend into this sacred site. Reconstructed adobe walls echo the original pueblo.
El Camino Real Historic Trail Site is a state-of-the-art facility that rises from the wild desert, as different from its environment as from the other New Mexico historic sites. Presenting the history of exchange between Mexico, Europe, and America, this site functions as a conduit for deeper anthropological understanding.
The historic site presents exhibitions about a historic corridor of trade between cultures of ideas, families, materials, philosophies, and faiths. The road originated as a trade route centuries before the Spanish named it El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Royal Road of the Interior, and laid claim to the first European road in America.
Fort Selden was built in the Mesilla Valley in 1865 to protect settlers and travelers from escalating hostilities as settlers encroached on the Mescalero Apache homelands. Fort Selden housed the famous Buffalo Soldiers, the name given to African American regiments by the Native Americans.
In 1880, the Chiricahua Apache leader Geronimo fled the confines of the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona to launch the final years of the Apache Wars. The military, fearing the worst, reoccupied Fort Selden, which they had abandoned just two years earlier.
Established in 1855, Fort Stanton may be one of the most intact 19th-century military forts in the country and is the best-preserved fort in New Mexico. Found just outside the town of Lincoln and surrounded by the Lincoln National Forest, the 240-acre site is best known for its roles in the Indian Wars and the Civil War.
Fort Stanton’s 12-building parade ground appears much as it did in the mid-1800s, making it easy to imagine military life in the Old West.
The Jemez Indians established the Pueblo of Giusewa (pronounced Gee-say-wah) among the hot springs of Jemez Valley around AD 1350.
It was a multistory village which may have contained as many as 1,000 rooms. Giusewa was first visited by Spanish in 1541. Later, in 1598, Franciscan missionaries came to convert the Jemez People to Christianity. By 1621, the priests along with their Native American converts had constructed San José de los Jémez Mission. However, the missionary effort ultimately failed. Brought on by suppression of the Native religion and a devastating drought, the Jemez joined the Pueblo Revolt on August 10, 1680. This culminated in the removal of the Spanish from northern New Mexico for the next 12 years.
Lincoln has not changed much since the Lincoln County War and a host of characters, including Billy the Kid, launched this town into the history books. President Rutherford B. Hayes called Lincoln “The Most Dangerous Street in America.” Here is a tale fueled by ambition, greed, corruption, violence, and the uncanny ability of William H. Bonney to escape from jail. Billy the Kid remains an enigma as he continues to elude his modern pursuers — historians.
In a state blessed with numerous cultural gems, the 148-acre Los Luceros ranch located north of Española along the Rio Grande near the village of Alcalde is special. The cultural site is surely one of New Mexico’s most scenic and historically significant properties.
Comprising the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Art and Culture, and the National Park Service, the Museum Hill Partners work together to draw tourists and residents to the vistas and wonders of Museum Hill, where one-third of Santa Fe’s museums call home.
The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico, tells the stories of the Native American people of the Southwest from pre-historic through contemporary times. Its changing exhibitions draw from an unparalleled collection of Native American art and material culture representing the Pueblo, Navajo, Apache, and other indigenous cultures of the Southwest.
The Museum of International Folk Art houses the world's largest collection of international folk art, with a long-term exhibition in the Girard Wing called Multiple Visions: A Common Bond. Changing and traveling exhibitions are offered in the Bartlett Wing and exhibitions highlighting textiles are featured in the Neutrogena Wing. Lloyd's treasure chest offers visitors interactive displays about collections and how museums care for collections.
The Museum is the home of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market held on Milner Plaza in July.
Just minutes away from Albuquerque’s historic Old Town Plaza, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science takes you on a journey through New Mexico’s past, from the formation of the universe to the present. This interactive, high-tech museum features an active volcano, Ice Age cave, and dinosaurs galore, including the enormous Tyrannosaurus rex and Seismosaurus.
The mission of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation is to support the Museum of New Mexico system through fund development for exhibitions and education programs, financial management and advocacy.
Located in Albuquerque’s historic and culturally vibrant Barelas neighborhood along the banks of the Rio Grande, the National Hispanic Cultural Center showcases Latino art and culture from throughout the world.
The center is home to the Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts, a dynamic art museum, research library, genealogy center, and restaurant. As a major player in Albuquerque’s cultural scene, the center presents art, history, and literary exhibitions, theater, music and dance productions, classic and contemporary films, and family and school events, along with readings and book signings by renowned authors and poets. In addition, the public can take Spanish language classes offered at all levels through the prestigious Cervantes Institute.
Popular annual events at the center include Día de los Muertos, the Latin Diva Concert Series, Women & Creativity, Festival Flamenco Internacional, Globalquerque, the Latin Dance Festival, and Jugamos Juntos (programming for youth).
New Mexico Arts is the state arts agency. Its mission is to preserve, enhance, and develop the arts in New Mexico through partnerships, public awareness, and education, and to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations.
The primary function of New Mexico Arts is to provide financial support and technical assistance or arts services and programs to non-profit organizations statewide and to administer the 1% public art program for the state of New Mexico. Other programs include the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, New Mexico Arts and Cultural Districts, New Mexico Arts Trails, and Poetry Out Loud.
The joy in visiting New Mexico is getting to know us. And there’s no better way to get acquainted than to explore our exceptional museums and historic monuments than with the New Mexico CulturePass.
The New Mexico CulturePass opens the doors to 15 exceptional museums and historic monuments. From Indian treasures to space exploration, world-class folk art to super dinosaurs, ancient sites to the state-of- the-art New Mexico History Museum—our museums and monuments celebrate the essence of New Mexico every day. They are what the Land of Enchantment is all about.
At $30, the CulturePass invites you to visit each of the 14 state museums and monuments once during a 12-month period. Flash your pass to experience authentic New Mexico and know that the more facilities you visit, the better value the pass becomes.
Here is a list of the museums and monuments you can enjoy.
How to Purchase
Purchase your CulturePass at any state museum or historic site. You can begin using it right away. On the date you visit your first museum or historic site, the pass will be validated, and it can then be used for the next 12 consecutive months.
Purchase by Phone: To pre-purchase a CulturePass, call Caroline Broussard at 505-476-1125 with your credit card information. You will have the option to receive a CulturePass by mail (delivery within 10 days) or be sent an email voucher that can be redeemed upon your first visit to any state museum or historic site.
Using your CulturePass
The CulturePass allows one visit to each state museum and historic site. Passes are for general museum and historic site admission only. Films shown in museum theaters and certain special events and programming will incur additional charges. You can start using your pass whenever you want. Passes are nonrefundable and are not replaceable if lost.
Please contact museums and historic sites to verify current hours.
The CulturePass is a program of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the cultural steward charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches and one of the largest and most diverse state cultural agencies in the nation. Together, the facilities, programs, and services of the Department support a $5.6 billion cultural industry in New Mexico.
Media Contact: Shelley Thompson, Marketing Director, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, 505-476-1145, firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is 47 acres packed with real stories about real people. The interactive museum, which has welcomed visitors from all over the world, brings to life the 3,000-year history of farming and ranching in New Mexico. The enormous main building contains more than 24,000 square feet of exhibit space, along with a restaurant, gift shop, and theater.
New Mexico Historic Sites are seven storied places where the past is palpable. They invite you to hit the road, explore, and get out in the golden New Mexico sun. It's your chance to follow in the footsteps of indigenous people, Spanish conquistadors, Civil War soliders, outlaws, and lawmen.
Visiting a New Mexico historic site promises to grant you a deeper understanding of those who have gone before us and helped make us who we are today.
The New Mexico Museum of Art houses more than 20,000 works of American and European art, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, photographs, new media, and conceptual works. The focus of the collection is on American art, with an emphasis on artists working in the Southwest.
Since its beginnings more than 60 years ago, the State Library has been a leader in the development of New Mexico's public libraries, helping them to build the programs needed by their communities.
The Library's heritage is evident today in the Rural Services Program. Four bookmobiles serve the entire state, stopping in some 260 communities, logging more than 80,000 miles a year.
Books by Mail rounds out the service by sending books through regular mail to subscribers remote from the scheduled bookmobile stops.
Library programs serve more than 1,000 libraries throughout the state — public and academic. Staff members bring new skills and tools to these libraries by putting on workshops, distributing equipment, and providing training and technical assistance for computer networking.
The State Library also serves the State Government with access to work-related information and reference materials. And through its Talking Book program, the Library reaches 4,500 visually impaired and physically challenged people each year.