New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

2019 Winter/2020 Spring Guide to New Mexico Museums & Historic Sites Available Online

December 04, 2019


(Santa Fe, New Mexico,) – The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Museums & Historic Sites Guide for 2019 Winter/2020 Spring is now available online for free at

This guide’s haunting cover image shows a woman in period costume twirling on a wintery parade ground near a cannon at Fort Selden Historic Site. Entitled, “Tiffanie Twirling,” the subject of the photo, Historic Site Instructional Coordinator Tiffanie Owens says, “The clouds were low, the air was still. Larry was splitting wood for the fire. John kept the coffee hot while making biscuits beans and bacon in his crusty cast-iron skillet. And then it began to snow. I could not resist the urge to move to the parade ground and twirl.”

Diversity in New Mexico, in our geology, landscapes, people, weather, culture and traditions is the theme of the 2019 Winter/2020 Spring.

Among the featured articles is Home on the Range: From Ranches to Rockets a new exhibit at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. This exhibit delves into the dramatic transformation of life in the Tularosa Basin in the 1940s and beyond.

Throughout all of 2020, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture hosts Diego Romero versus the End of Art - a dynamic exploration of a Cochiti Pueblo artist’s journey through life as depicted through his work. 

The New Mexico Museum of Art exhibition Agnes Pelton: Desert Transandentalist examines the work of this unheralded contemporary of Georgia O’Keeffe. Pelton’s desert landscapes come alive with color. And, in January, the Museum of Art hosts The Birth, death and resurrection of Christ: From Michaelangelo to Tiepolo.

The New Mexico History Museum looks at a transformative industry, and the men and women who changed America and opened New Mexico’s treasures to the rest of the country: Working on the Railroad.

Prepare for a spine-tingling experience in a haunted house featuring ghostly storytelling provided by Yokai: Ghosts and Demons of Japan at the Museum of International Folk Art.

The science of archaeology and studying New Mexico’s fascinating 12,000-year cultural heritage is part of the mission of the Center for New Mexico Archaeology.  The Women in Archaeology exhibit at CNMA recognizes the female pioneers in this male-dominated field.

A new exhibit on display at Jemez Historic Site won the Archaeology Heritage Preservation Award this past May. This edition of the Winter Guide examines that award-winning exhibit and explores the extraordinary life of J. Paul Taylor.

The events calendar of the Museums & Historic Sites Guide has an extensive list of activities happening between through May 2020.

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 2019 Winter/2020 Spring Museums & Historic Sites Guide here:

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; New Mexico State Library: New Mexico Arts, the Center for New Mexico Archaeology; and the Historic Preservation Division.

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


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