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Free Family-friendly Fun at Museum Hill Community Day 2018, Sept. 23

August 9th, 2018

(Santa Fe, New Mexico) -- Have you ever been to Museum Hill in Santa Fe? Many New Mexicans don’t even know it exists. You can explore all the riches this unique Santa Fe collaborative of museums and botanical garden has to offer free of charge during Community Day, Sunday, Sept. 23. This event attracts 2,000 people to Museum Hill, where all museums offer a slew of activities for the entire family.  

Admission to all museums and the botanical garden is free during Community Day, which has become one of the capital city’s most popular annual events. This daylong event is hosted by Museum Hill Partners, which include the: Museum of International Folk Art; Museum of Indian Arts and Culture; International Folk Art Alliance; Museum of Spanish Colonial Art; the National Park Service; Santa Fe Botanical Garden; and the Wheelwright Museum of The American Indian.

“Each year on this special day, we look forward to sharing the unique treasures of Museum Hill as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the dedicated community of museum lovers for supporting our museums and the beautiful Santa Fe Botanical Garden,” said Department of Cultural Affairs Cabinet Secretary Veronica Gonzales. 


9 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum of Indian Arts & Culture: Mural Painting on the Plaza and Indigenous Food Informational Booth

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Gerardo’s Andale Food Truck Wheelwright Museum

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Horno Baking (includes flat breads, cookies, and s’mores); Herbal Iced Tea Sampling made from herbs grown in our own agricultural terrace; Weaving and Fiber Spinning Demo; Docent Tours: Take a tour through the garden with a Botanical Garden Trained Tour Guide. Ask questions and learn how to incorporate the Botanical Garden landscape into your own backyard. Santa Fe Botanical Garden                

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Native Treasures Collectors’ Sale of Native American jewelry & art at Laboratory of Anthropology next to MIAC.  Admission free.

10 a.m. - Sky City Buffalo Elk Dance Group, Acoma Pueblo, on the plaza, Wheelwright Museum

10 a.m. – Noon- - Tin Workshop. Make your own tin ornament. A brief introduction to working with tin, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art 

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Museum of Spanish Colonial Art Matanza (Pig Roast). A traditional annual social ritual that celebrated the harvest of meat and the bonds of immediate and extended families. Museum of Spanish Colonial Art - Spanish Colonial Arts Society

11 a.m. Children’s Crafts Session, lower level lobby, Wheelwright Museum

Noon - Sky City Buffalo Elk Dance Group, Acoma Pueblo, on the Plaza, Wheelwright Museum

Noon – 4 pm – Community Bead Exchange, Museum of International Folk Art - Have fun going thru your collection and price the beads you want to exchange. Trade with others.

1 – 2 p.m. Marie Romero Cash, author and a Master of Lifetime Achievement in the Spanish Market will read from several of her books about the art and culture of the Southwest, including excerpts from her Jemimah Hodge Mystery Series. Museum of Spanish Colonial Art;

1 – 3 p.m. Melanie Yazzie Screenprinting Event, lower level, Classroom, Wheelwright Museum

1:30 p.m. Joe Hayes, Storyteller, in the Library, Wheelwright Museum

2 p.m.- Children’s Craft Session, lower level lobby, Wheelwright Museum

3-4 p.m.- Entertainment TBD Museum of Spanish Colonial Art;

3:30 – 4 p.m. Joe Hayes, Storyteller in the Library at Wheelwright Museum

4 p.m -. Horno Building Demo at Santa Fe Botanical Garden


About the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs: Created in 1978 by the New Mexico Legislature, the Department of Cultural Affairs represents New Mexico’s dedication to preserving and celebrating the cultural integrity and diversity of our state. The Department oversees a broad range of New Mexico’s arts and cultural heritage agencies, which include divisions representing a variety of programs and services. Among its primary functions is the management of the largest state sponsored museum system in the country. New Mexico’s historic sites and state-run museums are located across the state and include: New Mexico Historic Sites, Statewide; New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe; Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe; New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo; New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque; New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces; and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque. The Department also oversees the New Mexico State Library, Historic Preservation Division, New Mexico Arts, and the Office of Archaeological Studies. Events, news releases and images about activities in divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at 


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6-Museum Hill Family mural painting  during Community Day on Museum Hill, Santa Fe. Photo courtesy of the Museum of International Folk Art.

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