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Founded in 1909, the New Mexico Museum of Art is the oldest art museum in New Mexico. It was founded by archaeologist Edgar Lee Hewett to house the art gallery of the Museum of New Mexico. The collection had been displayed in the Palace of the Governors, but the available space there became inadequate for the growing collection.

The museum was originally called the Museum of New Mexico. The name was changed in 1962 to the Museum of Fine Arts, and was changed again in 2007 to its present name.

The building constructed to house the collection was designed by architect Isaac Rapp. It was the first example of the uniquely New Mexican Pueblo Revival style of architecture and set the standard for all of the buildings in that style to follow. The building was completed and opened to the public in 1917.

The museum's 20,000-piece collection focuses on art produced in New Mexico and the American Southwest, although there are a few pieces from around the world. Much of the museum's collection is made up of several private collections that were donated to the museum over the years. The pieces displayed in the museum represent a unique blend of artworks from the American Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures, and date from about 1880 to the present. Styles of art represented in the collection range from historical to contemporary.

Outside are two sculpture gardens, the West Sculpture Garden, and the O'Shaughnessy Sculpture Garden. Both feature American Indian and abstract works.

The 450-seat Saint Francis Auditorium is also located within the museum. It hosts musical and cultural events, and is the home of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Santa Fe Community Opera.

Address: 107 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Directions: The New Mexico Museum of Art is located at 107 West Palace Avenue, in downtown Santa Fe.
Phone: +1 505-476-5072
Website: http://www.nmartmuseum.org/

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  • Updated Dec 9, 2010
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