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Museum of International Folk Art

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Santa Fe’s most unusual and exhilarating museum centers on the world's largest collection of folk art. — Lonely Planet

Santa Fe has plenty of great museums and regional charm, but don’t pass on this gem because... this museum is a trip around the world. — Afar Magazine

Sprawling collection of over 106,000 toys from around the world.  — Atlas Obscura

Kids will love the collection of handmade objects—mostly toys—that fill the Girard Wing of this world-class museum. — Frommer's

Traditional arts from more than 100 countries on six continents represent the largest folk collection in the world. — Michelin Guide

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Downtown 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

O'Keeffe was fascinated by the textures created by light and color in the landscape of New Mexico. — Michelin Guide

This perfectly manageable museum is dedicated to the artistic life of Georgia O'Keeffe...includes the single largest depot of O'Keeffe's work in the world. — Afar Magazine

Houses the most extensive collection... anywhere of the former resident's works, with a rolling presentation of 50 on display at any one time. — Concierge

Now considered the "Mother of American Modernism." — Frommer's

The renowned painter first visited New Mexico in 1917 and lived in Abiquiú, a village 45 minutes northwest of Santa Fe, from 1949 until her death in 1986. — Lonely Planet

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

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A multimedia exhibit--Here, Now and Always--highlights the cultural history and lifestyles of New Mexico's Pueblo, Navajo and Apache tribes. — Michelin Guide

An interactive, multimedia exhibition ... the collection has some of New Mexico's oldest works of art. — Fodor's

A truly superb collection of ceramics, modern and ancient, is complemented by stimulating temporary displays. — Lonely Planet

The Southwest's unique legacy of Native American culture is the focus of this flagship museum, which traces the culture's development. — Frommer's

Not merely a record of the past either; MIAC shows the works of quite a few emerging talents. — Travel + Leisure

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New Mexico Museum of Art

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The 20,000-piece permanent collection... emphasizes the work of regional and nationally renowned artists, including the early modernist Georgia O'Keeffe. — Fodor's

Contemporary and historic New Mexican works, among them many of the Taos Society and Cinco Pintores, are presented in rotating exhibits. — Michelin Guide

The definitive compendium of New Mexican art through the ages. — Travel + Leisure

"New Mexico" and "art" go together like, well, any two things that go very, very well together. — Frommer's

It’s a who’s who of the geniuses who put this dusty town on par with Paris and New York. — Lonely Planet

Palace of the Governors

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The nation's oldest continuously occupied public building, the mammoth, single-story Palace with its flat roof and block-long portal (porch) dates all the way back to 1610. — Travel + Leisure

This low, flat-roofed hacienda was the original home and seat of power for Spanish, Mexican and, later, Anglo governors. — Michelin Guide

The palace's 15,000-object collection spans centuries, including everything from conquistador helmets and native hide paintings to a stagecoach. — Frommer's

In the shade of a four-century-old adobe building, you can meet the artists and even haggle a bit. Be respectful, though--these are not cheap trinkets. — Afar Magazine

Holds fascinating displays on Santa Fe’s multi-faceted past, and some superb Hispanic religious artworks. — Lonely Planet

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San Miguel Chapel

Downtown 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you really want to get the feel of colonial Catholicism, visit this church. Better yet, attend Mass here. You won't be disappointed. — Frommer's

A fine collection of Hispanic religious art. — Michelin Guide

Holes in the floor reveal the foundations of an ancient pueblo beneath, while the high viga beams and devotional artwork inside are well worth a peek. — Lonely Planet

This simple earth-hue adobe structure was built in the 1610s by the Tlaxcalan Indians of Mexico, who came to New Mexico as servants of the Spanish. — Fodor's

This, the nation's oldest church, has been in use since the early 17th century. — Travel + Leisure

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Loretto Chapel

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A delicate Gothic church modeled after Sainte-Chapelle in Paris... the chapel is known for the "Miraculous Staircase". — Fodor's

A popular wedding site, diminutive Loretto Chapel in downtown Santa Fe is world-famous for its circular wooden staircase. — Travel + Leisure

Famous as the site of St Joseph's Miraculous Staircase, a spiraling and apparently unsupported wooden staircase. — Lonely Planet

Today the deconsecrated chapel is run as a private museum with a small gift shop. — Frommer's

Wedding chapel's mysterious spiral staircase said to be miraculously constructed.  — Atlas Obscura

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

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Thank the Spanish Colonial Art Society, founded in Santa Fe in 1925, for the unequaled collection on display here. — Frommer's

The carved statues and paintings of saints familiar from churches throughout the state are displayed alongside the personal possessions treasured by colonists. — Lonely Planet

One of the most comprehensive collections of Spanish-colonial art in the world. — Fodor's

The museum is housed in a former ambassador's residence which faces charming Milner Plaza. — Michelin Guide

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Santa Fe Opera House

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Even non-opera fanatics come out in astounding numbers during the short but sweet Santa Fe Opera season, which lasts from late June through August. — Travel + Leisure

It's partially open-air, with open sides. A controversial structure. — Frommer's

Ranked by many as second in the US only to New York's Metropolitan Opera. — Michelin Guide

Take in a play, watch traditional flamenco dancing, or sit back and enjoy a new jam. — Afar Magazine

Regardless of your fondness for opera, the setting of this theater is incredible. — Concierge

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The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Downtown 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A wooden icon set in a niche in the wall of the north chapel, Our Lady of Peace, is the oldest representation of the Madonna in the United States. — Frommer's

Intended to resemble great cathedrals of Europe... it is not built in adobe style. — Michelin Guide

The Hispanic altarpiece inside lends a real New Mexican flavor. — Lonely Planet

The iconic cathedral, a block east of the Plaza, is one of the rare significant departures from the city's nearly ubiquitous Pueblo architecture. — Fodor's

Santa Fe's most photographed building. — Travel + Leisure

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Santuario De Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

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This church, built between 1776 and 1796... by Franciscan missionaries, is believed to be the oldest shrine in the United States honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe. — Frommer's

The church's adobe walls are nearly 3 feet thick, and among the sanctuary's religious art and artifacts is a beloved image of Nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe. — Fodor's

The church dates from 1776 and is the oldest US shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe, patroness of Mexico — Michelin Guide

The Spanish baroque retablo (altar painting) inside was painted in Mexico in 1783. — Lonely Planet

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The Plaza

Downtown 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Today, this grassy square is peopled by tourists wandering from museum to margarita, food vendors, skateboarding kids and street musicians. — Lonely Planet

Many of Santa Fe's finest shops are located on or near The Plaza; it is hard to top Packards for authentic Native American crafts or Montez for traditional Spanish colonial art. — Michelin Guide

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Ten Thousand Waves

Santa Fe 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Longing for a little Zen in your life? This inn provides minimalist Japanese-adobe accommodations nestled within piñon trees below Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Health Spa. — Frommer's

Ten Thousand Waves is a small, secluded property with a Japanese-style spa and 12 guest rooms nestled in a mountainside pine forest just outside of Santa Fe. — Oyster

Tucked into a green hillside on the winding mountain road that leads to the Santa Fe Ski Area, Ten Thousand Waves has long attracted day visitors for its tranquil spa and outdoor soaking tubs. — Travel + Leisure

Thanks to the area's New Age reputation, many visitors expect a Zen—or at least spiritual—experience. Ten Thousand Waves is the only property in Santa Fe that delivers on that premise. — Concierge

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SITE Santa Fe

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The hub of Santa Fe’s avant-garde art scene, this nonprofit contemporary museum has hosted seven biennials. — Travel + Leisure

This not-for-profit, 18,000-square-foot contemporary art space without a permanent collection has made a place for itself in the City Different, as well as in the international art scene. — Frommer's

These days SITE is an exhibition space anchoring the burgeoning Railyard District, and hosting a number of avant garde multimedia shows each year. — Concierge

The events at this nexus of international contemporary art include lectures, concerts, author readings, performance art, and gallery shows. — Fodor's

An enormous, whitewashed space, the 8000-sq-ft SITE Santa Fe is a nonprofit art museum dedicated to presenting world-class contemporary art to the community. — Lonely Planet

New Mexico State Capitol (Roundhouse)

Santa Fe 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The symbol of the Zía Pueblo, which represents the Circle of Life, was the inspiration for the capitol. — Fodor's

It symbolizes the four directions, four winds, four seasons and four sacred obligations. — Michelin Guide

Some are surprised to learn that this is the only round capitol building in the U.S. — Frommer's

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Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Downtown 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Representing hundreds of tribes, the 7,500-item collection includes photographs, paintings, prints, and much more. — Frommer's

It's an excellent place to see cutting-edge art and understand its role in modern Native American culture. — Lonely Planet

This fascinating museum... contains the largest collection—some 7,500 works—of contemporary Native American art in the United States. — Fodor's

21st Century Santa Fe offers so much more, and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts champions that new vision. — Afar Magazine

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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

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The collection was founded with the help of a Navajo medicine man in 1937 with an aim of preserving Navajo cultural artifacts. — Frommer's

Mary Cabot established this museum in 1937 to showcase Navajo ceremonial art, and its major strength continues to be exquisite Navajo textiles. — Lonely Planet

An incredible collection of 19th- and 20th-century baskets, pottery, sculpture, weavings, metalwork, photography, paintings... and typically fascinating changing exhibits. — Fodor's

This small independent museum is built in the eight-sided shape of a Navajo hogan, its door facing east toward the rising sun. — Michelin Guide

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Santa Fe Children's Museum

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The museum runs daily programs tackling subjects like solar energy and printmaking. — Lonely Planet

Every mom and dad in town has logged hours at this interactive wonderland with its climbing wall, puppet stage, garden, and open-art studio. — Travel + Leisure

The most notable features include a 16-foot climbing wall that kids -- outfitted with helmets and harnesses -- can scale. — Frommer's

Outdoor gardens with climbing structures, forts, and hands-on activities are great for whiling away the time in the shade of big trees. — Fodor's

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Randall Davey Audubon Center

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Visitors may tour the home and studio of painter Davey... and espy more than 100 species of birds while hiking gentle El Temporal Trail. — Michelin Guide

This wildlife refuge occupies 135 acres at the mouth of Santa Fe Canyon... it's an excellent escape. — Frommer's

A preserved wildlife sanctuary (with a vast variety of birds like the goldfinch) with several trails and a cultural, educational and historical center. — Afar Magazine

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Santa Fe Botanical Garden

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Interspersed with art installations, these small gardens at Museum Hill are currently made up of two sections. — Lonely Planet

With the beautiful landscaped paths and lovely Milner Plaza, Museum Hill has always been about much more than the collections inside its four world-class museums. — Fodor's

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