New Mexico History Museum

Palace Seen and Unseen Opening Postponed

February 20, 2020


(Santa Fe, New Mexico) --- The opening of Palace Seen and Unseen, a new, long-term exhibit opening at the New Mexico History Museum, has been postponed. The Palace of the Governors is a National Historic Landmark located on the campus of the New Mexico History Museum. The building has been undergoing rehabilitation in accordance with the Secretary of Interior Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this work is taking longer than anticipated. As a result, installation of the “Palace Seen and Unseen” exhibition is being postponed until its gallery space is ready for use. We regret any disappointment this may cause the public.

As this project moves forward, every effort will be made to continue access to the building through guided tours. Anyone wishing to participate in a tour should sign up at the History Museum’s front desk or make a reservation by calling (505) 476-5200.

Once opened, the exhibit will delve into the 400-year history of Palace of the Governors (1609-present) through its physical presence, important documents, and archaeological investigations. The exhibition explores the relationship between the building and its residents and visitors. Stories are told from the perspective of robberies, governors and people behind the scenes vividly bringing the adobe building and its grounds to life.


About the New Mexico History Museum:

The New Mexico History Museum is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents. Programs and exhibits are supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and its generous donors.

The campus of the New Mexico History Museum includes the Palace of the Governors, the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library, and Pete V. Domenici Building. The Palace of the Governors is noteworthy as the original seat of New Mexico government, the initial home for the Museum of New Mexico, and for its designation as a National Historic Landmark. The New Mexico History Museum presents exhibitions and public programs that acknowledge and reflect on New Mexico’s diverse heritage. Special features include the Palace Press, Native American Artisans Portal Program, and collections held by the Palace Photo Archive, and Chavez History Library The museum also serves as a center for education and historical research.

113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe, NM 87501. (505) 476-5200. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April.  Events, news releases and images about activities at the History Museum and other divisions in the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at

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