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The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs preserves, fosters, and interprets New Mexico’s diverse cultural heritage and expression for present and future generations, enhancing the quality of life and economic well-being of the state.

Plan Your Visit

Find hours, admission prices, directions, and other visiting information for New Mexico's eight state-run museums and seven historic sites.
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Culture's Economic Impact

Arts and culture are big business in New Mexico. A recent study, commissioned by DCA, reveals an annual economic impact of $5.6 billion.
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Explore Online

Online exhibitions and digital resources from the Department of Cultural Affairs, including online collections, databases, and educational materials.
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Delight in the Arts

This short film about arts and culture in New Mexico was created collaboratively with the National Endowment for the Arts in celebration of its 50th Anniversary.
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Museum of New Mexico Press

The publishing arm of the Department of Cultural Affairs produces high-quality, culturally significant books that showcase the Department's collections and exhibitions.
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New Mexico FamilyPass

The Department of Cultural Affairs’ FamilyPass, a partnership with local libraries throughout New Mexico, provides free admission to 15 state museums and historic sites.
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Upcoming Public Meetings

  • 7/8/2016 New Mexico State Library Commission
  • 7/12/2016 New Mexico Music Commission
  • 7/15/2016 New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Board of Trustees
  • 7/21/2016 Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents
  • 7/29/2016 Board of Directors of the New Mexico Museum of Space History

New Mexico CulturePass

Your ticket to 15 exceptional Museums and Historic Sites. From Indian treasures to space exploration, world-class folk art to awesome dinosaurs—our museums and monuments celebrate the essence of New Mexico every day.
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Featured DCA Exhibitions

A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Lloyd Henri New’s birth, A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New is a mesmerizing look into a storied life.
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Con Cariño: Artists Inspired by Lowriders

Responding to a unique cultural icon in photographs, paintings, sculptures, and videos, this exhibition demonstrates the importance of lowriders as a rich subject for artistic inspiration. The artists in Con Cariño explore issues of family, gender, religion, and community, some coming to lowriders as outsiders and others using lowriders to explore their own heritage and traditions.
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New Mexico Colonial Home – Circa 1815

The Spanish colonial home (la casa) gives visitors an idea of what a home from the time around 1815 would have looked like.
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What's the Buzz? Why Honey Bees Matter

This exhibit explores the amazing history of humans keeping honey bees for food and other bee products and the critical role bees play in pollinating about a third of the plants we ultimately consume as our food.
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