Collections relate to the heritage of New Mexico and the Southwest. A collection of Treasures of Devotion - bultos, retablos, and crucifijos - dates from the late 1700s to 1900.
The early 17th-century Palace of the Governors is part of the museum. Originally constructed as Spain's seat of government, the Palace of the Governors chronicles the history of Santa Fe, as well as New Mexico and the region. This adobe structure was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark and an American Treasure.
Every Monday through Saturday during "The Season" (Spring to Fall), a Downtown Walking Tour led by New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors guides explore the history of Santa Fe. Tours gather at 10:15 am at the Palace Courtyard’s Blue Gate just south of the History Museum entrance at 113 Lincoln Avenue . (No tours on Saturdays when large events are held on the Plaza, such as Spanish Market and Santa Fe Fiesta.) Please check with the museum for details.
18th & 19th century cigar box labels, printed via stone-lithography, portray Western imagery and popular culture.