The Museum of New Mexico had its beginnings on February 19, 1909. It was established by the New Mexico Territorial legislature, which preceded New Mexico’s statehood. The original museum is housed in the historic Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. However, over the years, several other locations have been added around the state. These include the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the New Mexico History Museum, and the Palace of the Governors.
The Museum of New Mexico Foundation supports New Mexico’s museums, as well as a number of archaeological and cultural sites. The foundation works in collaboration with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the state’s museum Board of Regents.
The various museum sites host a wide variety of exhibits and events, ranging from local artists to internationally acclaimed traveling exhibits. Of course, highlighting the work and achievements of regional artists is a goal of the museums. From the traditional Zuni pottery artists to the contemporary fabric and design artists in the Land of Enchantment, the museum puts New Mexicans front and center. From Georgia O’Keeffe to Gail Bird and Yazzie Johnson, the landscape and culture of New Mexico have inspired a wide variety of world-acclaimed artists. It’s certain, that for many years to come, the Land of Enchantment will inspire and foster artists for many years to come.
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