FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2019
Mary Ann Hatchitt
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) -- Beginning this fall, the New Mexico History Museum will offer guided tours of the Palace of the Governors during breaks in construction activity. The tours will allow a rare look at this historic building as it undergoes preservation treatment in support of its continued use as a public museum. (*see below for media resources.)
Beginning on August 30, information about tours will be available at the front desk of the New Mexico History Museum or by calling 505-476-5200.
Rehabilitation of the Palace of the Governors—a National Historic Landmark—is being done to improve protection of the building and its contents, upgrade gallery spaces, and reinforce the building’s historic character. Installation of a fire suppression system and new equipment for heating and air conditioning is approaching completion.
Based on current estimates, the remainder of the work will be done by the end of the year. Once rehabilitation is complete, three exhibitions are scheduled for installation over a six-month period.
Link to b-roll of NM History Museum & Palace of the Governors renovation, Palace tour narrative and interview with Billy G. Garrett, Director, NM History Museum. https://youtu.be/sSqrS3IoAqg
About the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors National Historic Landmark: http://www.nmhistorymuseum.org
The New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors are 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.
Opened in May 2009, as the state system’s newest museum, the New Mexico History Museum is attached to the Palace of the Governors National Historic Landmark, a distinctive emblem of U.S. history and the original seat of New Mexico government. The History Museum serves as an anchor of the campus that includes Palace of the Governors, the Palace Press, the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library, and Photo Archives. The Museum presents exhibitions and public programs that interpret historical events and reflect on the wide range of New Mexico historical experiences and serves as a history center for research, education and lifelong learning, delivering quality programs that encourage knowledge, understanding and appreciation of New Mexico’s diverse cultures.