For a small city, Santa Fe has a lot of museums. Each has a specific mission. Camino Lejo (aka Museum Hill) is home to four. Two, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk are owned and run by the state. They share the expansive Milner Plaza also home to the Museum Hill Café. The other two, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, are run by non-profits. While there visit the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Downtown you’ll discover the state-run New Mexico History Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art as well as the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts as well as the small Museum of Contemporary Native Arts run by the prestigious Institute of American Indian Art. Traveling with kids? They’ll love the interactive Santa Fe Children’s Museum and parents will, too. World War II buffs will enjoy the New Mexico National Guard Museum (formerly the Bataan Memorial Museum) which commemorates the horrific Bataan Death March where many New Mexican soldiers lost their lives. Check with the museums for their hours and admission fees as all vary. Downtown state museums are free for everyone on Friday evenings year ‘round from 5 to 7pm and free for NM residents on Sundays. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is free for New Mexico residents and their guests all day on the first Friday of the month.
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