Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts with cactus bloomThe Museum of Spanish Colonial Art is the only museum in the country dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting the art of the Spanish colonial period including Hispanic New Mexico.   The Museum houses an incredible collection of over 3700 pieces, including historically significant and contemporary works.  The building itself, a Pueblo Revival-style building, was designed by renowned architect John Gaw Meem in 1930.  Meem and his wife were early supporters of the Society and donated hundreds of items to the collection.  The building provides an intimate, homelike setting where visitors from around the world can view the collections and learn the fascinating history of Spanish colonial art worldwide.

Delgado Room The Museum offers an array of exhibits for all ages.  ”La Casa Delgado” or “The Delgado Room” recreates the quarters of Second In Command officer Manuel Delgado.  Each item in the room was mentioned in his will, with all the details to let you step back into time, more than 400 years ago.

In the “Costume Corner,” children may don replicas of traditional Spanish Colonial and other local historical outfits typical for the peak of the Spanish Colonial era.  Many more salons take you through time and across continents to paint the rich story of the arrival and evolution of the Spanish Colonial Arts in New Mexico.

Rotating exhibits, including national traveling shows insure you will always encounter something nuevo at the Museum.

Be sure to visit Tesoros, the Museum Shop for a rare opportunity to see affordable original work by our Spanish Market artists year round as well as other creative items with a local flavor or preview a selection of items now online.

Follow the parent organization of the museum, the Spanish Colonial Arts Society (non-profit), on Facebook to get notices of current exhibits or check out Upcoming Events.

Consider becoming a member. Discounts and free admission are only some of the benefits of membership.  Your tax-deductible contribution will help us maintain and expand the Museum.

School Tours: Docent-led tours are free of charge to chaperoned school groups when they are scheduled in advance. Large groups will be divided into ten or less students. Teachers and additional chaperones must accompany students.  Click here for more information on school groups.

Group Tours: Groups will be charged the regular admission fees and can be scheduled in advance for specific times. You may request a tour for a special interest group or a tour given in Spanish.

Please call 505-982-2226 x 121 or email for more information on arranging a Docent Guided Tour of our Museum.

[photos copyright ©2011 Sean Wells]

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