Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Curative Powers: New Mexico’s Hot Springs
03/18/2022 – 09/04/2022

The New Mexico History Museum is pleased to present Curative Powers: New Mexico’s Hot Springs, a photographic history of our state’s many hot springs. This exhibition explores well-known resorts as well as lesser-known hot springs. Ponce de Leon, Montezuma, and Faywood are a few among many areas whose history will be addressed. The nearly 90 photographs range from the late 19th century through the 1980s and document the evolution of how many of these springs were used and developed. Museum visitors will also see the ...

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In Search of Domínguez and Escalante: Photographing the 1776 Expedition Through the Southwest
09/03/2021 – 06/19/2022

Beginning in 2003, photographers Siegfried Halus and Greg Mac Gregor set out with their cameras and maps in hand to document the contemporary changes to the land that friars Domínguez and Escalante traversed in 1776. Halus and Mac Gregor’s photographs are the basis for the New Mexico History Museum’s long-awaited exhibition, In Search of Domínguez and Escalante, on view through summer 2022 in the Palace of the Governors and based on their book of the same title.

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The Palace Seen and Unseen: A Convergence of History and Archaeology
06/19/2021 – 06/19/2026

Reflecting current archaeological and historical perspectives, Palace Seen and Unseen draws from historic documents, photographs, and archaeological and architectural studies produced by its former residents, visitors, stewards, and scholars. When the dynamic expertise of historians and archaeologists converges, a richer story and better understanding emerges. It is this integrative approach to what is seen and unseen that guides the themes explored by this exhibition. On long term view. 

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WORDS on the Edge
05/29/2020 – 08/31/2022

WORDS on the Edge consists of twenty-six poetry broadsides and lyrical texts addressing themes of nature and its irresponsible destruction. Twenty-six notable poets, artists, and writers have been paired with an equal number of highly regarded letterpress printers from four countries. Included in the collection are Arthur Sze, Santa Fe’s first Poet Laureate, and Thomas Leech, curator of the Palace Press.

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The Massacre of Don Pedro Villasur
02/01/2019 – 02/01/2030

This exhibition features 23 original graphic history art works by Santa Fe-based artist Turner Avery Mark-Jacobs. This display, ’The Massacre of Don Pedro Villasur,’ narrates the history of an ill-fated Spanish colonial military expedition which set out from Santa Fe in 1720. This depicted story shares the exhibit room with the History Museum’s Segesser I and II Hide paintings located in the Telling New Mexico gallery.  

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The First World War
11/11/2018 – 11/11/2030

The First World War exhibition investigates the contributions of New Mexicans to the war, through letters, photographs and objects.

“New Mexico played an important role in both world wars,” said Andrew Wulf, then-Director of the New Mexico History Museum. “We are proud to be able to recognize and remember that contribution and add The First World War as a permanent exhibition, to underscore the sacrifice and heartfelt letters home from these brave soldiers.”

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Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy
12/07/2014 – 12/31/2024

Will Rogers noted that Fred Harvey “kept the West in food—and wives.” But the company’s Harvey Girls are by no means its only legacy. From the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway’s 1879 arrival in New Mexico to the 1970 demolition of Albuquerque’s Alvarado Hotel, the Fred Harvey name and its company’s influence have been felt across New Mexico, not to mention the American West. The company and its New Mexico establishments served as the stage on which people such as Mary Colter were able to fashion an “authentic” ...

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Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now
05/24/2009 – 05/24/2030

Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now sweeps across more than 500 years of history—from the state’s earliest inhabitants to the residents of today. These stories breathe life into the people who made the American West: Native Americans, Spanish colonists, Mexican citizens, Santa Fe Trail riders, fur trappers, outlaws, Buffalo Soldiers, railroad workers, miners, scientists, hippies, artists, and photographers. 

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