NM CulturePass - Visit 15 Exceptional Museums and Historic Sites | SantaFe.com
Credit: Craig Dan Goseyun (San Carlos Apache), Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer, 1995, bronze. Gift of Sam and Ethen Ballen, in memory of Nina Tesla Ballen. Photo by Matthew Perez (Picuris/Cochiti Pueblos).

New Mexico is a land of history and culture like no other, and there is no better way to immerse yourself in it all than with a CulturePass. A CulturePass, issued by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, is the best way to experience the state’s whole family of museums and historic sites.

Jurassic exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Photo by Tira Howard.
Jurassic exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Photo by Tira Howard.

Think about it 

New Mexico stands out as a spirited blend of arts, history, and lifeways found in few other places. Its essence is celebrated every day at each museum and historic site. People have moved across this land for thousands of years, from Indigenous cultures to Spanish settlers. New Mexico has also been a hotbed of innovation across various fields, including farming and ranching, archaeology, and space exploration. Spend time in our museums and historic sites. Explore the links between the past and present.

What you get WITH A CulturePass

Credit: A traveling astronaut welcomes visitors to the Museum of Space History. Photo courtesy NMDCA/NMMSH. A CulturePass includes admission to this museum.
A traveling astronaut welcomes visitors to the Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. Photo courtesy NMDCA/NMMSH. A CulturePass includes admission to this museum.

For $30, CulturePass admits you to eight museums and seven historic sites across the state, from Santa Fe to Las Cruces. 

In downtown Santa Fe, wander the plaza and indulge in the remarkable collections at the New Mexico History Museum and New Mexico Museum of Art. On Santa Fe’s Museum Hill, revel in the colors and texture that shape human culture, resilience, and creativity at the Museum of International Folk Arts and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. 

In Albuquerque, walk with dinosaurs at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, and let Hispanic history, culture, and art wash over you at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. 

In Alamogordo, lift off with astronauts at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. 

In Las Cruces, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum tells the 4,000-year story of farming and ranching on this land through its robust cattle breeding program, live demonstrations, exhibitions, and education programs. And across the entire state, New Mexico Historic Sites are footprints, left behind by the people of New Mexico in mountain paths and city streets. 

With CulturePass, you can visit each of these museums and historic sites once, and it is valid for 12 consecutive months after purchase. 

New Mexico is expansive and enchanting. It is impossible to see all that it has to offer in one day or weekend is impossible. CulturePass makes it possible to take in the vibrant culture of the state at your own pace.

Visit nmculture.org/visit/culturepass to learn more. 

LOCATIONS You Can Visit with your CulturePass

Map of locations that can be visited with a CulturePass from the State of New Mexico.

  1. New Mexico Museum of Space History
  2. National Hispanic Cultural Center
  3. New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
  4. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
  5. Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
  6. Museum of International Folk Art
  7. New Mexico History Museum
  8. New Mexico Museum of Art
  9. Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner Historic Site
  10. Coronado Historic Site
  11. Fort Selden Historic Site
  12. Fort Stanton Historic Site
  13. Jemez Historic Site
  14. Lincoln Historic Site
  15. Los Luceros Historic Site

Learn more about New Mexico Historic Sites here. 



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This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead

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