Programs & Services

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

  • 4/5/2017 Cultural Properties Review Committee (CPRC)
  • 4/7/2017 New Mexico State Library Commission
  • 4/28/2017 Board of Directors of the NMMSH -Governor's Commission
  • 5/4/2017 Arts Commission - Planning and Budget Committee Meeting
  • 5/9/2017 New Mexico Music Commission

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

FossilWorks

The process of extracting dinosaur fossils from the rock matrix that has encased them for millions of years is featured in the FossilWorks exhibit at the Museum.
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Jay Hill: Our Wholesome Valley

The beautiful photography of farming in the Mesilla Valley is featured in this spectacular exhibit.
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Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time

During 2007 and 2008, flying at alarmingly low altitudes and slow speeds,photographer Adriel Heisey leaned out the door of his light plane, and holding his camera with both hands, re-photographed some of the Southwest’s most significant archaeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his new bride Anne photographed in 1929.
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No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art

No Idle Hands examines a style of woodworking from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that made use of discarded cigar boxes and fruit crates notched and layered to make a variety of domestic objects.
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