New Mexico State Capital: Santa Fe
Santa Fe was originally called “La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis,” which means “The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi.” Founded in 1610, it was likely given its name by provincial governor Pedro de Peralta to honor Catholicism and communicate the Spaniards’ desire to convert the indigenous peoples of the region. The name also implicitly referred to the city of Santa Fe in Spain.
Santa Fe, New Mexico is a magical, exuberant, colorful journey at any time of year. Our legendary history and culture will fascinate and inspire you. Our art galleries and diverse visual arts span ancient traditional art to the most contemporary, making it one of the largest and most important art markets in the country. Settle yourself into our World Class accommodations, partake of our sumptuous world renowned cuisine and treat yourself to our colorful markets and experience why Santa Fe has been considered a legendary trading center for hundreds of years.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Her distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, glowing landscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky are iconic and original contributions to American Modernism.
Palace of the Governors: Originally constructed in the early 17th century as Spain’s seat of government for what is today the American Southwest, the Palace of the Governors chronicles the history of Santa Fe, as well as New Mexico and the region. This adobe structure, now the state’s history museum, was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1960 and an American Treasure in 1999. Self-guided visits to the Palace of the Governors and/or New Mexico History Museum are available daily. There also may be special self-guided activities. Please ask the front desk when you arrive. Christmas at the Palace brings the community together for an evening of hot cider, cookies, live music, etc., and a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus–all in legendary magic. A free family event.
New Mexico History Museum: The New Mexico History Museum is changing the way New Mexicans and visitors from across the country and around the world understand our state’s pivotal role in the shaping of the American West. sweeps across more than 500 years of stories – from early Native inhabitants to today’s residents – with stories told through artifacts, films, photographs, computer interactives, oral histories and more. Together, they breathe life into the people who made the American West: Native Americans, Spanish colonists, Mexican traders, Santa Fe Trail riders, fur trappers, outlaws, railroad men, scientists, hippies and artists. The downstairs exhibits on the Harvey Girls and Los Alamos as well as the short presentations on various topical subjects shown on the upstairs television are excellent all the way around!
The exhibit is divided into six sections representing chronological periods from the pre-colonial era to the present. Each is set apart by time frames and contrasting views from first-person accounts of the people who lived during the different periods.
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture: Chronically Native Groups in New Mexico from ancient times to now, this museum was incredibly informative. The collection of artifacts shows but Indian Art and Indian History. The tour guides are so knowledgeable and responsive. Start with the beautiful sculptures just outside the Indian and arts museum. They are amazing and photograph so well! The museum itself has many sections. The main exhibit hall which does indeed focus on the culture of the various groups in the area. There was lots to see in terms of artifacts of the elements that make up a culture. You can see the videos of people talking of their childhoods and various experiences. Really interesting. View the Lindbergh photos, and the modern artwork of Frank Buffalo Hyde. Be sure to view the video of Maria Martinez demonstrating the creation of black pottery.
The Santa Fe Children’s Museum: is an exploratory space for children of all ages, toddlers to teens! Offered is over 35 interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits including giant bubbles, dress-up and puppet theater, magnetic building tables, a 1.5-acre outdoor educational garden, and a special place just for toddlers.
Museum of International Folk Art: Fantastic visiting and permanent exhibits of Folk Art from around the world. One of the best museum shops as well. Fun for the whole family! One of the several museums one can attend on the $30 pass. A huge a stroll to Canyon Road worthwhile. Collection occupied most of the space, with little or no interpretation, as was the donor’s wishes. Folk art from all over the world, but mostly Europe and Central America. The exhibits were fascinating, but one had to enjoy them on a visual and not intellectual basis… except for a very interesting exhibit in the basement about what constitutes folk art. This museum is very important, but very challenging.
Canyon Road: it is very impressive to behold the number and scope of the artistic endeavors along both sides of this remarkable street. There are artists creating offerings in all manner of material including, pottery, iron work, wood carving, jewelry, and of course painting. While many items are quite expensive, a closer look should produce enough affordable items to make it worthwhile.
Direct flights to Sante Fe leave from Tampa so it is easy to go and enjoy the diverse culture of this area. Give us a call at 352-277-7300 and TravekKatz will make this vacation a special one for you.
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