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Cultural Affairs Waives Admission Fees at Museums and Historic Sites

June 07, 2013

Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ state-run museums and historic sites are waiving admission fees for New Mexican residents who have be evacuated from their homes due to fire.

“We are opening our doors to those who have been affected by the fires in Northern New Mexico in the hopes that this service will support displaced families and provide an educational and fun diversion from the stresses they are facing,” said Cabinet Secretary Veronica N. Gonzales. "Free admission is being offered to individuals and families who have been evacuated due to the Thompson Ridge and Tres Legunas fires while they are displaced from their homes."

Thus far, the participating state-operated museums are Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture located in Santa Fe on Museum Hill; New Mexico Museum of Art and New Mexico Museum of History/Palace of the Governors located on the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe; New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and National Hispanic Cultural Center located in Albuquerque; and New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

The seven New Mexico Historic Sites are Coronado in Bernalillo; Jemez near Jemez Springs; El Camino Real Historic Trail Site, south of Socorro; Lincoln and Fort Stanton in Lincoln County; the Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner; and Fort Selden in Radium Springs.

The Department of Cultural Affairs is the cultural steward of New Mexico and is charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches. With its eight museums, eight historic sites, arts, archaeology, historic preservation and library programs, the Department of Cultural Affairs is one of the largest and most diverse cultural agencies in the nation. Together, the facilities, programs, and services of the Department support a $3.3 billion cultural industry in New Mexico.

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