New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

2019 Summer/Fall Guide to New Mexico Museums & Historic Sites Available Online

May 20, 2019


(Santa Fe, New Mexico ) – The free New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Museums & Historic Sites Guide for Summer/Fall 2019 is now available online at 2019 Summer/Fall Guide

This season’s guide cover features world-renowned designer Alexander Girard’s Abstraction of the image Old Sun, Environmental Enrichment Panel created in 1971 for Herman Miller, from the Vitra Design Museum Collection and the Alexander Girard Estate.

The Museums & Historic Sites Guide for Spring/Fall 2019 explores Girard’s influence, and the world of design and how design differs from art. Delve into Girard’s genius at  A Designer’s Universe  exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art. Girard’s New Mexico connections and his global impact on the world of design will surprise you.

Among the featured articles, recent discoveries unearthed during a dig at Coronado Historic Site last summer provide verifiable proof that Spanish conquistador and explorer Francisco Vázques de Coronado’s large expedition camped near the historic site between 1540 and 1542. Although archaeological and historical research has been focused on the Coronado Historic Site and its Pueblo of Kuaua for nearly 140 years, previous excavation, survey, and archival research had yet to identify any tangible evidence of the Coronado Expedition at this site. This is no longer the case.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture has curated a powerful and contemporary exhibition where social media’s influence organized the standoff over a pipeline drilling in the Beyond Standing Rock exhibition. 

The New Mexico Museum of Art explores the geologic wonder that is The Great Unknown: Artists at Glen Canyon and Lake Powell through mid-September.

During the 2019, the New Mexico State Legislature passed a bill designating Los Luceros as the state’s newest historic site. Learn more about this historic property which now is accessible to the public for special events and during regularly scheduled hours.

Learn about the many flags flown over the Palace of the Governors. Next door, at the New Mexico History Museum delve into the state’s musical legacy, read letters from New Mexican soldiers, and meet the capable women who kept the country running during WWII in the new exhibit We the Rosies: Women at Work.

Celebrating diversity every day, there are multiple recurring and new cultural events to be experienced at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. This sprawling campus is always busy with musical and theatrical performances, classes for allages, weekly dance sessions and social hours. Check the events calendar in the guide for the many weekly, monthly, and special events happening this season at NHCC.

Learn about Saddle Makers of the Southwest and world-famous artist Peter Hurd and his connection to New Mexico at an exhibit of his magnificent work at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this July at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo

There will also be moon landing commemoration events at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science in Albuquerque where they are welcoming a new, Dynamic Bisti Beast, a featured attraction in the museum atrium.

The events calendar of the Museums & Historic Sites Guide for Summer/Fall 2019 has an extensive list of activities happening between May through October.

Get the most out of your travels in New Mexico with the Cultural Atlas of New Mexico - a free cross-platform mobile app and website providing a user-friendly guide to the historic and cultural points of interest throughout in the state, organized by region, proximity and topic. Download the Cultural Atlas at

Download your free Museums & Historic Sites Guide for Summer/Fall 2019 at 2019 Summer/Fall Guide.

About the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs:                    

Created in 1978 by the New Mexico Legislature, the Department of Cultural Affairs represents New Mexico’s dedication to preserving and celebrating the cultural integrity and diversity of our state. The Department oversees a broad range of New Mexico’s arts and cultural heritage agencies which include 15 divisions representing a variety of programs and services. Among its primary functions is the management of the largest state sponsored museum system in the country. New Mexico’s historic sites and state-run museums are located across the state and include: New Mexico Historic Sites, Statewide; New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe; Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe; New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo; New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque; New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces; and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque.

Events, news releases and images about activities in divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at       

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